Understanding Why Bulk Solids Behave Differently Than Liquids

Originally delivered Apr 25, 2012
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Costly problems commonly result during handling or processing of bulk solids in many industries including chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and foods. All too often, fundamental theories for liquid flow have been applied incorrectly to bulk solids flow. As a result, operations or equipment failures occur, thereby reducing plant efficiencies, creating lost/rejected/wasted product, or compromising operator safety. This webinar will provide insights into why bulk solids behave differently than liquids. Concepts regarding powder flow testing, bin/silo design, feeder integration, flow rate limitations, and mechanisms of powder segregation will be introduced. General solutions to powder handling problems will be discussed. The webinar is a quality educational tool that can raise awareness for those that are routinely involved in bulk solids handling.

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Eric Maynard

Eric Maynard is the Director of Education and a Senior Consultant with Jenike & Johanson, Inc., which is recognized as the world’s leading engineering firm specializing in bulk solids handling technology. Eric received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

During his 15 years at Jenike & Johanson, he has worked on nearly 500 projects designing material handling and pneumatic conveying systems for powders and bulk solids such as cement, coal/coke, limestone, resins, biomass,...Read more



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