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Why are Lower Cyclone Pressure Drops Not Always Better than Higher Pressure Drops? | Aerodyne

Posted by Tom Hobson on May 29, 2020 2:30:00 PM

When designing a dust collection system, the static pressure required of the system is extremely important.  The reason is because the exhaust fan must be able to pull the design airflow at the design static pressure in order to get the design performance.  Usually the higher the static pressure is the greater power is required by the fan at a constant airflow.  This means, dust collector system designers usually try to keep the total static pressure low, in order to go with a smaller fan that costs less to operate.

Cyclones Pressure Drop

However, when it comes to cyclones, this is not always the best policy.  A cyclones pressure drop is based on the amount of air going through it.  So a 24” diameter cyclone might have a 3” pressure drop at 1500 CFM and a 5.5” pressure drop at 2000 CFM.  So a smaller cyclone can handle a higher airflow at a higher pressure drop.  This would lower the fabrication cost of the cyclone, and allow it to fit in a more confine space, but have a higher operational cost (more HP required).

Higher Pressure Drop

But using a smaller cyclone also has another benefit, the higher your pressure drop, the more efficient the cyclone will be.  This increase in removal efficiency usually will not allow you to use a cyclone only for dust control, but it will help remove smaller particulate before your primary filter.  This will allow you to capture more material before contamination, lower the loading on your filters, and decrease utility usage (water or plant air).

So when you are designing a dust collection system, don’t look for the cyclone with the lowest pressure drop, but look at all the aspects that affect the system.  Will a smaller cyclone fit better?  Will higher removal efficiency in the cyclone be beneficial to the main dust collector?


How the Aerodyne SplitStream Cyclone Works

The SplitStream Cyclone Collector is designed for dust collection systems where tough dust like abrasive, sticky, fibrous, hygroscopic or granular persist. Configured horizontally or vertically, the cyclone’s low-profile design is perfect for mounting in space-restricted areas.

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5 Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs Maintenance

Is your dust collection system working at peak efficiency? A quick, do-it-yourself examination may identify symptoms that your system needs a check-up.

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To learn more about which dust collector, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.dustcollectorhq.com

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

Rectangular Airlocks: The Better Rotary Valves | Aerodyne

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

Dust collectors can have issues with material bridging in the hopper. 

Round or Square Airlocks

A standard collector uses round or square flanged airlocks instead of a rectangular design better suited where bridging persists.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. 

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.


Bridging Dust?

Try the Aerodyne Mighty Whopper.

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

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5 Signs Your Dust Collection System Needs Maintenance

Is your dust collection system working at peak efficiency? A quick, do-it-yourself examination may identify symptoms that your system needs a check-up.

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To learn more about which dust collector, please contact our experts at 440-543-7400 or visit our website: www.dustcollectorhq.com

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

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At Aerodyne, we choose to take a different approach to collecting dust and handling materials. Our cyclones are unique in design to address common issues such as problematic dusts and space constraints. Our airlocks are chosen to fit your specific application instead of hastily installing traditional equipment options. We believe that when we see things differently, we can solve problems effectively. That's why so many people turn to us for help in solving their tough dust problems.

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