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Development of a Conductance Sensor for Measuring Solids Concentration in Large Diameter Slurry Pipelines

  • James F. Klausner
  • Feng Fu
  • Renwei Mei
Part of the Heat and Mass Transfer book series (HMT)

Abstract

An instrument has been developed which measures the solids concentration in slurry pipelines ranging in diameter from 5-150 cm. The operating principle is based on conductance, and in contrast to the gamma densitometer, the instrument does not require a nuclear radiation source. The instrument operates online, is non-intrusive, and provides real-time output. The instrument measures local concentration around the pipe periphery, and the local values are integrated to obtain the area-average concentration. A graphical display shows the variation of concentration from the top of the pipe to the bottom as well as the area-average concentration history. The instrument has been extensively tested in a slurry transport facility at the University of Florida as well as on-line at the Swift Creek phosphate mine in the state of Florida. Excellent performance of the instrument is observed over a wide range of operating conditions.

Keywords

Solid Concentration Electrode Pair Conductance Sensor Slurry Flow Slurry Concentration 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • James F. Klausner
    • 1
  • Feng Fu
    • 1
  • Renwei Mei
    • 2
  1. 1.University of FloridaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Aerospace EngineeringMechanics and Engineering ScienceGainesvilleUSA

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