PROMECON talks about measuring gasflow in the downcomer in the BMHR 2019 issue of World Cement magazine.
For the proper operation of equipment in a cement plant, knowing the flow rate is essential. In the past, high temperature and particulate in the gas stream have prevented online gas flow measurement. But the PROMECON Air Flow System utilizes the particulate to measure the velocity of the gas stream. Since the first installation at a cement plant in 2001, the system has been installed in more than 75 plants worldwide. The direct measurement of dust-carrying gas flows has opened new ways to monitor, control, and optimize the cement making process.
The system applies the triboelectric principle. Electrical signals created by the dust particle clouds passing each of the upstream/downstream sensors are cross correlated and referenced by their time shift. With the time of flight between the two sensors and a fixed distance (usually 350 mm), the actual particle velocity is known. For small particles, zero particle slip is assumed. The digital system requires no calibration, imparts no pressure drop, and does not drift over time.
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