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Kansas State Bulk Solids Innovation Center

Testing Services

The Center provides research and consulting services to industry and the university. Testing services range from small scale sample material characterization to full-scale material handling and storage. Contact the Center to inquire about sponsored research and testing services at bsic@k-state.edu.

Full Scale Pneumatic Conveying Systems

Dense and Dilute Phase Pneumatic Conveying

  • Vacuum
  • Pressure
  • Vacuum sequencing

Problems in Conveying

  • Attrition
  • Segregation
  • Sizing
  • Wear
  • Energy consumption

Bulk Solids Processing Systems

  • Feeding, weighing, scaling
  • Silo blending and segregation
  • Particulate air filtration
  • Gravity flow and flow aids

Material Properties Testing

  • Particle size and distribution
  • Particle shape
  • Loose and compacted bulk density
  • Particle density
  • Angle of slide, repose
  • Moisture content
  • Flow function and wall friction angle
  • Cohesive strength
  • Time consolidation
  • Cohesion
  • Internal friction
  • Compressibility
  • Aeration
  • Permability

CFD, FEM, and DEM Modeling

  • Flow patterns
  • Stress distribution
  • Velocity profile
  • Segregation patterns