No matter what you’re processing, there’s a good chance that you’re going to have to deal with a slurry at some point in time. It could happen in a feed tank, in a pipeline, or somewhere different. In some cases, you can treat them like a dense liquid, but that’s not always a good idea if residence time is a concern or you’re looking to save energy. Part of the problem is that slurries aren’t normal liquids, and that may mean addressing them differently in the scheme of processing.
A Shift in Physical Attributes
Slurries aren’t traditional dense liquids for several reasons. The primary one is that the particle sizes are different. Distribution of the particles is different as well, and the particle shapes are also different. That may mean more shear, settling, or drag that you might not get with a dense liquid. In many cases, that means problems during processing, often caused by a poor understanding of the factors involved.
The properties of liquids actually change once it becomes a slurry. The biggest issues is viscosity because the range of solids concentrations and changes in the particle size distribution can be so vast in any plant operation. Lab data can be of very little use because you have to deal with such a wide range of conditions.
The Next Step
So, what can you do to make processing easier? It starts with a call to Komax. We can help you deal with any processing difficulties, and we’ll customize a solution to help meet your needs. With thousands of successful installations, we’ll find the perfect solution for your liquid or slurry mixing needs right away. Give us a call today to learn more.