A design programme for dilute phase pneumatic conveyors

SUNScholar Research Repository

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Von Backstrom, T. W.
dc.contributor.author Wodrich, Karsten H. K. en_ZA
dc.contributor.other University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Engineering. Dept. of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-02T13:34:59Z en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-01T08:28:21Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-02T13:34:59Z en_ZA
dc.date.available 2010-06-01T08:28:21Z
dc.date.issued 1997-12 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1599
dc.description Thesis (MScEng (Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 1997.
dc.description.abstract A computer programme for the simulation of dilute phase pneumatic conveying of solids is presented. This includes positive pressure and vacuum pneumatic conveying. The characteristic conveying parameters such as the conveying absolute pressure, conveying air density, interstitial and average air velocity, particle velocity and voidage are calculated by integrating five differential equations that govern two-phase flow. The two-phase flow is approximated as one-dimensional along the pipe axis. Density and acceleration effects are accounted for. The integration is carried out by means of the Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg method yielding conveying parameter traces along the length ofthe pipeline. A new method is presented for the determination of the solids friction coefficient from the solids motion equation. This allows for a more accurate determination of the solids velocity in the pipeline when compared to currently used methods. The computer model results are compared to experimental results for cement and ice conveying yielding good correlation for the main output parameters. The theory for the scaling and calculation of Roots blower performance characteristics is presented. This is implemented in a Roots blower selection programme as an integral part of determining the prime air mover for the design of a pneumatic conveyor. The aim of providing a fast, user-friendly interface in terms of pipeline geometry input, simulation and data visualisation has been achieved by using the advantages of object orientated programming and the visual user interface of the DELPHI programming language. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
dc.subject Dissertations -- Mechanical engineering en
dc.subject Theses -- Mechanical engineering en
dc.subject Pneumatic-tube transportation -- Data processing en
dc.subject Bulk solids handling -- Data processing en
dc.subject.other Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering en_ZA
dc.title A design programme for dilute phase pneumatic conveyors en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.rights.holder University of Stellenbosch
 Find Full text

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record