I am currently designing a 10-ton horizontal ribbon mixer. Medium: Dry Cocoa Powder Rotation: 20 rpm Housing Size: Dia. 2,200mm x 2,300mm(height) x 4,000mm (length). I am looking for a formula to help me decide on the outer and inner ribbon pitch, width of the pitch, distance between the outer blade and inner blade required, direction of the inner and outer ribbon with outlet at the center of the housing, gap between the outer ribbon tip and housing required.
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Dave Dickey Forum Moderator 245 Posts
Re: Is there a formula for outer and inner ribbon pitch for a ribbon mixer?17 October 2012 at 9:12amTechnical books are not going to give you mixer geometry and design in most cases. Some articles may give information about the specifics of laboratory tests, but that information may not be helpful for production equipment.
The following information is general, but can be used for your specific situation:
Housing dimensions: Diameter 2,200 mm Height 2,300 mm Length 4,000 mm
Typical relative dimensions: Diameter 100 units Height 120 units Length 200 units
Typical rotating ribbon: Diameter 95% housing diameter = 95 units Length 2 x ribbon diameter = 190 units
Gap = 2.5% of housing diameter 2.5 units
Ribbons - Two outer ribbons (double flight helix) at 180 degrees from each other for balanced loads
Ribbon width - 5% of ribbon or housing diameter = 5 units
Inner Ribbon - 10% of ribbon or housing diameter = 10 units - center at 0.5 x diameter of ribbon = 50 units
Outer ribbons - Pitch = Diameter = 100 units - pushes toward discharge
Two double flight ribbons pushing toward center for center discharge
Inner ribbons - pushing in direction opposite to outer ribbons.
For specific housing:
Ribbon diameter – 2,090 mm Gap - 55 mm
Outer and inner ribbon pitch – 1,900 mm
Outer ribbon width - 104 mm Inner ribbon width - 209 mm
Precise dimensions are not critical as long as they are good approximations
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