# Flow Properties of Bulk Solids Model FM 121

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# Flow Properties of Bulk Solids Model FM 121

Sci-tech Flow Properties of Powder or Bulk Solids Model FM 121 determines how it behaves during handling.

### Item Description

For example, material may flow irregularly out of silos, or the flow of bulk solid may come to a stop. In order to avoid these problems in practice, silos can be designed on the basis of measurements using shear testers, such as the Jenike shear tester or a ring shear tester.

In a ring shear tester, a bulk sample is contained in a ring-shaped shear cell. A normal force is exerted on the sample by way of a lid. A hanger from which a variable weight is suspended generates this normal force. A motor moves the shear cell relative to the lid in order to apply shear to the sample. For compaction (pre-shearing) the sample is subjected to a large normal force. An electronically amplified force transducer measures the shear forces which are then recorded by data acquisition software over time. After pre-shearing, shearing to failure is executed with a reduced normal force (strength measurement) and likewise recorded by the software. From the shear force characteristics, properties such as the compressive strength and internal friction of the bulk solid can be determined. To determine the density of the bulk solid, the volume of the bulk sample is ascertained by recording the lowering of the lid using a vernier caliper gauge. So as to also take into account the influence of the hopper wall material on the outflow behavior, a separate measurement is performed with a ring-shaped sample of the wall material.

An evaluation software is available to determine the flow properties from the experimental results. The flow properties identified are used to determine the optimum geometry of a silo’s discharge hopper. Trainer FM 120is provided for practical verification of the design results obtained in terms of mass flow/funnel flow.

**Features**

determination of the flow properties of bulk solids using a ring shear tester for the design of silos

easy handling based on unlimited shear travel

professional analysis software

### Technical Specifications

**Specifications**

1. Design of bulk solids silos using a ring shear tester

2. 1 ring-shaped shear cell to determine yield loci

3. 1 ring-shaped shear cell with sample of wall material to determine wall yield loci

4. Shearing of the bulk solid sample by motor rotation of the shear cell

5. Vertical loading of the sample via ring-shaped lid with weights

6. Force sensor to measure the shear forces

7. Vernier caliper gauge to measure the change in height and density of the bulk sample

8. Valuation software to determine the relevant bulk solid parameters

**Technical Specifications**

Shear cell

sample volume: approx. 70cm3

material: aluminum

Shear cell with sample of wall material

sample volume: approx. 15cm3

material: aluminum

Motor

power consumption: max. 75W

speed: 500…3000min-1

1 set of weights

4x 500g

2x 200g

2x 100g

2x 50g

Measuring ranges

shear force: 0…40N

balance: 0…1000g

**Experiments:**

recording the shear force characteristics of bulk solids

yield locus and wall yield locus design

determination of flow properties

o compressive strength

o internal friction

o density

o wall friction angle

determination of the optimum hopper geometry of a bulk solids silo

**Requirements**

Mains Power 220 – 240V @ 50Hz, 1Ph

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