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The influence of control vanes on pneumatic conveying of pulverised fuel at a trifurcator

Abubakar, Ismail; Giddings, Donald; Panorios, Benardos; Branson, David; Lad, Neetin; Townsend, Sam


Ismail Abubakar

Benardos Panorios

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Professor of Dynamics and Control

Neetin Lad

Sam Townsend


© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Distribution of pulverised fuels in pneumatic conveying to conventional boilers is an ongoing research area with the intention of improving the performance of power-generating plants. One of the major challenges is the issue of obtaining an even fuel distribution across the fuel carrying lines to the burners or a customised distribution that satisfies the boiler load demand. A 1/3rd scale pneumatic conveying test rig was tested with inert cenosphere powder in a 3-way split configuration. Flow control vanes, similar to those applied in power plant pulverised fuel conveying lines were fitted into the junction and controlled using pneumatic proportional control actuators to alter the distribution of the powder in the three downstream branch pipes extending from the trifurcator. The measurement of the powder mass flux in each stream was carried out and the sensitivity of the particulate stream was assessed with respect to interference from the vane positions at the trifurcator.


Abubakar, I., Giddings, D., Panorios, B., Branson, D., Lad, N., & Townsend, S. (2020). The influence of control vanes on pneumatic conveying of pulverised fuel at a trifurcator. Powder Technology, 362, 197-207.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 26, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 27, 2019
Publication Date Feb 15, 2020
Deposit Date Nov 27, 2019
Journal Powder Technology
Print ISSN 0032-5910
Electronic ISSN 1873-328X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 362
Pages 197-207
Keywords General Chemical Engineering
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