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Rectangular Airlocks: The Better Rotary Valves | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on Nov 25, 2019 10:15:00 AM

Dust collectors often have issues with dust bridging in the hopper. 

Round or Square Airlocks

The standard dust collector design uses round or square airlocks to remove the dust from the hopper.  These designs are great for standard dust that doesn’t bridge.  They are easy to fabricate, thereby keeping cost low.  However, the uniform dimensions of the flange allow the dust to be equally supported on all sides, creating a more stable environment for a dust bridge to form.  One way to counteract this is by over-sizing your airlock. An example would be using a 12” rotary valve instead of an 8” valves.  While oversizing the airlock lowers the chance of bridge forming.  A bridge can still form due to shape of the flange. Mighty Whopper Airlocks

Better Airlocks: Rectangular Rotary Valve

A better way would be to use a rectangular rotary valve.  Since the rotary valve has a rectangular flange, dust trying to bridge over the opening isn’t equally supported.  And any bridge trying to form across the long axis will be unstable and begin to bow down into the valve opening, where the rotors will grab them and destroy the bridge, allowing the free flow of dust out of the hopper.


Mighty WhopperBridging Dust?

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Aerodyne’s Mighty Whopper rotary valve has over-sized rectangular inlet and outlet. 

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Topics: dust collector, airlocks valve, compact cyclones, Rectangular airlocks, Mighty Whopper

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