How To: Basic Sizing of Pneumatic Conveying Systems

March 29, 2023
A Processing-hosted webinar sponsored by VAC-U-MAX and De Dietrich Process Systems. Now available on demand!
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This event was originally held on March 29, 2023 and is now available for on demand viewing.

Duration: 1 Hour

Sponsor: VAC-U-MAX; De Dietrich Process Systems

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This webinar will explain the concepts of and show basic equations for sizing and troubleshooting pneumatic conveying systems. We will discuss how to calculate optimum air velocity and air volume, applicable to both vacuum and pressure conveying systems as well as dust collection systems. We will also give rule-of-thumb guides for how changes to the conveying rate, conveying distance, or material will affect system pressure and airflow requirements. 


Todd Smith | Business and Strategy Manager | Kansas State University - Bulk Solids Innovation Center

Todd Smith is Business and Strategy Manager of Kansas State University’s Bulk Solids Innovation Center.  KSU-BSIC, a partnership of industry, university, and government, is the only university-based Bulk Solids research center in the Americas. Todd spent 35 years in the bulk solids industry, first at DuPont, then as Engineering Manager at MAC Equipment (now Schenck Process) and then General Manager of Coperion K-Tron Salina and vice president of the company’s Global Systems Group.  He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kansas State University and earned his M.B.A in 1998. He has authored one book, as well as many magazine articles and technical papers. Todd’s Board of Director experience includes president of the KSU Dean’s Advisory Council, Process Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, Salina Area Technical College, Salina Chamber of Commerce, Salina Regional Health Foundation, Salina Municipal Band, and Salina Soccer Club.

Kevin Solofra | BSIC Lab Manager | Kansas State University - Bulk Solids Innovation Center

Kevin Solofra earned his BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla — now Missouri S&T.  Kevin has a background ranging from research engineering with product scale-up through process/production management in various industries. His experience started in the realm of electro-ceramics for appliances, followed by low wear ceramics and body armor, and most recently the glass industry for architectural, automotive and glass insulation. From a process point of view, Kevin has dealt with all aspects from spec’ing raw materials, through conveying materials, and all the way to finished part quality analysis. All of this has led a strong blend of technical expertise combined with a manufacturing/business viewpoint to approaching, understanding, and working through industrial opportunities.


Nate Todd | Senior Editor | Processing Magazine

Nate Todd is a Senior Editor for Processing, focusing on powder and bulk processing coverage.

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