System for Heating Bulk Materials
A system for heating bulk material to remove moisture. The system includes a heat exchanger system in the floor of a bin for receiving moist bulk material. The heat exchanger system is capable of withstanding the weight of the bulk material as well as being stable for the dynamic process of loading and discharging the bulk material. The heat exchanger includes a plurality of spaced beams mounted between a top plate and bottom plate. The spaced beams form conduits for receiving water or other fluids that have been heated by a stove capable of burning wood, coal, biomass material or other energy sources. The stove is capable of providing one million BTUs, or any type of heat exchanger, including existing commercially available units for heat exchange or heat transfer.
N. Aouad and J. Kennedy, "System for Heating Bulk Materials," The Curators of the University of Missouri, Jan 2006.
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
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