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Improvements on a gravity-driven low-rate particle feeder

, : Improvements on a gravity-driven low-rate particle feeder. Review of Scientific Instruments 80(7): 073904-073904

A gravity-driven particle feeder has been modified to achieve sustained operation at steady rates. Particle reservoirs and rod for controlling the nozzle opening are completely redesigned. Particle attrition and rod wobbling are the two main contributors to the feed instabilities. They, in turn, are affected by the height of the particle bed, particle contact time with the moving rod, strength of the magnetic field, and the weight, shape, and position of the rod in the magnetic field. A secondary reservoir minimizes the residence time of particles in the main reservoir. Its shape, orientation, and connection with the main reservoir have profound influences on the feeding stabilities. Tests have been conducted with particles of different types, sizes, and feed rates; results showed good long-term and short-term stabilities.


PMID: 19655962

DOI: 10.1063/1.3176465

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