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Bansal, A., Mallick, S. S. & Wypych, P. W. (2013). Investigating straight-pipe pneumatic conveying characteristics for fluidized dense-phase pneumatic conveying. Particulate Science and Technology: an international journal, 31 (4), 348-356.


This article presents results from an investigation into the pneumatic conveying characteristics (PCC) for horizontal straight-pipe sections for fluidized dense-phase pneumatic conveying of powders. Two fine powders (median particle diameter: 30 and 55 um; particle density: 2300 and 1600 kg m -3; loose-poured bulk density: 700 and 620 kg m-3) were conveyed through 69 mm I.D. x 168 m, 69 mm I.D. x 148 m, 105 mm I.D. x 168 m and 69 mm I.D. x 554 m pipelines for a wide range of air and solids flow rates. Straight-pipe pneumatic conveying characteristics obtained from two sets of pressure tappings installed at two different locations in each pipeline have shown that the trends and relatively magnitudes of the pressure drops can be significantly different depending on product, pipeline diameter and length and location of tapping point in the pipeline (indicating a possible change in transport mechanism along the flow direction). The corresponding models for solids friction factor were also found to be different. There was no distinct pressure minimum curve (PMC) in any of the straight-pipe PCC, indicating a gradual change in flow transition (change in flow mechanism from dense to dilute phase). For total pipeline conveying characteristics, the shapes of the PCC curves and the location of the PMC were found to be significantly influenced by pipeline layout (e.g., location and number of bends) and not entirely by the dense-to-dilute-phase transition of flow mechanism. Seven existing models and a new empirically developed model for PMC for straight pipes have been evaluated against experimental data.



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