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EVALUATING AN ON-LINE DUST CYCLONE PERFORMANCE MONITOR
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 040-044 in Air Pollution from Agricultural Operations III, Proceedings of the 12-15 October 2003 Conference (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA), Publication Date 12 October 2003. 701P1403.(doi:10.13031/2013.15497)
Authors: P. A. Funk, K. D. Baker, S. E. Hughs, and G. A. Holt
Keywords: Cotton gin, Dust cyclone, Particulate monitoring
Laboratory experiments on cyclone designs and operating parameters using EPA Reference Method 201A is labor intensive. The intent of this experiment was to evaluate an electronic particulate monitor as an alternative dust cyclone performance measurement instrument. The particulate monitor was installed in line with fiberglass filters that captured dust escaping from test cyclones. Mass on the filters was compared to particulate monitor output. Three cyclones, four loading rates and four replicates were run in random order. A linear correlation of about 85% was observed when data was separated by cyclone size. Cost and time savings are promising, but dust loading across a range of various particle size distributions still needs to be evaluated.
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