Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Powder sampling under vacuum

  1. Nov 13, 2008 #1
    Good day

    I'm wondering how to sample powder that is flowing through a pipe under vacuum.
    Which systems can be used for this?

    I have a DN300 pipe under slight vacuum (ranging -500 mbarg to -100 mbarg). The sampler should be connected to the pipe.

    These are the process conditions of our installation.

    - Product flow : 180 kg/hr powder = 0.1125 m^3/hr
    - Particle diameter 40-200 micron
    - DN300mm pipe
    - Air Flow = 7000 m^3/hr
    - Powder concentration = 16 ppm = +/- product flow / air flow
    - Velocity of air = 100000m/hr = 27 m/s

    I found out on line samplers also use vacuum to retract the sample, but this vacuum is too small to overcome the -500 mbar of our installation. Other samplers with a retractible arm are of no use because of the high velocity of air in the pipe. I can only imagine a sampler that has a huge ventilator that can suck the powder out from the pipe wall. The problem with this kind of sampler is that large particles and small particles will be separated which gives an unrepresentative sample. Another solution would be to cut the pipe in two pieces and build a cyclone + rotary valve in the intersection.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks for all the hints.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2008
  2. jcsd
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you offer guidance or do you also need help?
Draft saved Draft deleted