Axial and radial pressure drops of dense phase plugs

Don McGlinchey, Andrew Cowell, John Pugh, Liz Knight, J. Xiang, J. Li

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An experimental technique to measure various characteristics of plug flow in dense phase pneumatic conveying systems based on the unique characteristics of plug flow, i.e., the fluctuation of axial pressure drop along a pipeline and pressure difference in the radial direction at the back of a plug, was developed by Li et al. (2002). Based on this work, a further experimental study combined with numerical modeling was carried out to describe the structure of plugs through the analysis of the measurements of pressure difference in both axial and radial directions. A theoretical explanation of these pressure differences was proposed and agrees very well with the recorded signals of pressure difference from differential transducers. This explanation will prove useful in understanding plug structures in industrial applications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalParticulate Science And Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005


  • pressure measurement
  • dense phase
  • pneumatic conveying


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