Gaining a better understanding of the way free-flowing powder moves can transform the way process plants operate.
In some process plants, the only technical solution to shifting powdery substances that won’t flow evenly through a silo or hopper is to poke them with a stick.
But it doesn’t have to be that way say industry experts, who claim that understanding the underlying behaviour of powders is the key to developing more efficient processes.
Powders often flow in an unpredictable manner because of a variety of characteristics such size, shape, texture, and porosity, which makes them vulnerable to external elements such as humidity, vibration and aeration.
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