Tag Archives: silo

Silo inspection: Be proactive not reactive

Changing the oil in my car may be the least favorite chore that I have to do on a regular basis. Taking 30 minutes to sit in a garage while the oil is drained and replaced is a huge hassle, … Continue reading

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Can a tank designed to store a liquid be used to store a bulk solid?

Clients sometimes ask me if a storage tank that was designed – and often being used – for storing a liquid can be converted to store a bulk solid. Basically they are asking, “Will the material-induced loads exerted by my … Continue reading

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Corrosion: A damaging ingredient for metal bins and silos

You may have heard of silo failures around the globe. Why do such failures still occur? The reasons are varied but generally one or more of the following: Design Constraints: Loads exerted on silo structures are not well defined in … Continue reading

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The case of the singing silo.

Barry had just started to work third shift at the plant a few weeks ago when he heard “it” the first time. Walking down the line because for some reason the conveyor wasn’t quite being filled quite enough; must be … Continue reading

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Silos must be treated with respect

Some recent news headlines paint an alarming picture: “Cement worker’s body discovered in Bristol silo collapse“ “Worker presumed dead after fall in silo roof collapse in Medley“ “Two workers killed when silo collapses in Nueva Palmira“ “Truck driver killed after … Continue reading

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Silo Dynamics?

Have you ever heard of or come across a silos enthusiast or hobbyist? Probably not, unless you know someone working for Jenike & Johanson! No wonder, silos are not the most exciting or appealing object for appreciation. Silos are plain, … Continue reading

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What does bulk material handling mean to the “average” person?

I decided to find out.  I asked my friends and family these two questions: “What does bulk material handling mean?” “How does it affect your life?” I soon realized that there needed to be two categories of average person: engineer … Continue reading

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Should You Re-Purpose That Silo?

  Recently I was in Houston teaching an AIChE course on flow of solids in bins, silos and hoppers. During our discussions, repurposing of plant equipment, such as using an existing pump for a new process line, a liquid storage … Continue reading

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Vibrators – Did it Work for You?

  Vibrators are commonly used in many industries as “flow aids” or “flow promoters” for bulk solids. The chronology of vibrator use often goes like this: 1) a particular bulk solid is put inside a bin without regard for the … Continue reading

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The Trials Of A Trial And Error Approach

Let’s set the stage…you’re an engineer at a manufacturing company that handles a bulk solid material at some point in your production chain. Many of your colleagues are also engineers, and very intelligent ones at that. You and your co-workers are … Continue reading

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