Tag Archives: solids flow

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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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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The Purge Column: There can be Material Flow Consequences

No, this has nothing to do with the movie “The Purge”! Sorry for the disappointment! However, I am going to write about an interesting topic here, that is if you are interested in bulk solids handling applications. The chemical industry … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Solids Handling Problems Kill Your Great Idea!

A few years back a client came to us in a panic.  The investors were ready to pull the plug on a new technology converting biomass to energy because non-uniform feed into the reactor was not allowing the pilot process … Continue reading

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Handling Moist Bulk Solids When Freezing Occurs

Handling of moist bulk solids when temperatures fall below 0°C is a challenge for operations; flow problems will occur.  Freezing related flow problems are due to temperature differences between the bulk solid and contact surfaces.  The following describe four possible … Continue reading

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Bulk Material Handling Seminars

  As I fly to Toronto, Canada this week to present seminars on bulk material handling through the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), I can’t help but reflect on the many positive benefits received from continuing education. For the … Continue reading

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Discrete Element Modeling – 30 Years Later

  I’m on my journey to Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference http://developer.apple.com/WWDC. It sold out in less than two minutes! Guess I’m not the only one that has a high interest in good user interface design. The Cocoa API’s and … Continue reading

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