Voices: Solid Advice

Powder Handling: Deftly Deal With Wet Cakes And Pastes

Success depends on properly considering several key factors

By Tom Blackwood, Contributing Editor
Oct 3, 2018

Issues posed by wet solids dampen the performance of many processes. In a previous column, “Improve Slurry Handling[/articles/2017/improve-slurry-handling/],” I explored several techniques for altering the bulk properties of wet cakes, pastes and slurries. However, it’s not always possible to change these properties because doing so may reduce the product’s functionality. It’s better to select the correct equipment for the product in the first place and ensure the operators understand the differences in handling slurries, wet cakes and pastes compared to bulk solids and powders. The major areas requiring additional consideration and care are storage, discharge and conveying.

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