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EPSRC Reference: GR/M05980/01
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF A MODEL TO PREDICT THE LIFE OF PNEUMATIC CONVEYOR BENDS SUBJECT TO EROSIVE WEAR
Principal Investigator: Bradley, Professor M S A
Other Investigators:
Hutchings, Professor I Patel, Professor M Reed, Professor A
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Project Partners:
E.On Pre Nexus Migration University of Edinburgh
Department: Wolfson Centre Bulk Solids Handling Tech
Organisation: University of Greenwich
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 1998 Ends: 31 January 1999 Value (£): 137,651
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fluid Dynamics Particle Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Energy
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The goal of this project is to provide UK industry invlved with the handling of abrasive particulate materials (or particulate materials containing abrasive contaminants) in pneumatic conveyors with a method for accurately predicting the life of bends within the piplines , (and therefore of the conveying system), more accurately than is currently possible. At present trial and error methods or past experience are used to plan a maintenance schedule to replace or repair the bends. Often this is not a satisfactory method and considerable time and effort is put into rectifying problems caused by bend puncture and the subsequent spillage and possible health risks that are caused by premature/unplanned plant shutdown.Providing a method to predict the life of a bend until punctures occurs will enable the pneumatic conveyor operators handling abrasive materials to plan a maintenance schedule accurately, therefore, considerable cost savings will be realised by preventing unwanted stoppages and spillages, therefore improving plant availability. This will enhance the competitiveness of UK process industries involved in operating such systems.
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