DEM: Simulation of conveyor transfer chutes


F. Kessler, M. Prenner


Faculty of Mechanical Engineering


FME Transactions



Conveyor transfer stations are critical parts within the conveyor track. The material has to be guided from the oncoming conveyor to the following transport system. This is realized by using tranfer chutes, which have to be designed in such a way that dust, noise and wear are minimized. One of the main tasks of the chute design process is to avoid blockages where the flow is hindered or obstructed due to build up of material in the chute.The investigations leading to a proper chute design are carried out by experimental tests in the laboratory, with the aid of computer simulation programs. The presentation shows every single step to reach the optimum chute design for each application.


belt conveyor, Computer simulation, material behaviour, transfer chute

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