AJAX Multiple Screw Feeders
Double, triple and multiple screw feeders may be used to achieve high flow rates with minimal headroom but are more generally used to provide a large inlet area for difficult to handle materials. Feeder inlets must be of a diameter or width that exceeds the critical dimension above which stable arches can be sustained. The critical arching dimension can be determined experimentally with bench scale tests, however, the results of such tests may indicate that a single screw is impractical in terms of headroom requirements or speed of rotation.
To illustrate this consider the situation where powder tests indicate that the inlet diameter required for gravity flow into a screw feeder is three times the diameter of a screw appropriately sized for the throughput. Increasing a screw diameter by a factor of 3 might give the required inlet size but, for a given flow rate, would slow the screw speed down by a factor of 27 whereas adding two parallel screws of the original diameter would achieve the same inlet dimensions but only slow the screw down by a factor of 3 and would not increase the headroom required. .
Multiple screws can also be phased to mitigate the natural pulsing of the screws during feeding. This yields a further benefit of multiple screws over one large screw.
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