The wear characteristics of three types of long radius pipe bends in the flow of multisized particulate slurries have been extensively studied. Conventional long radius bend, and two types of diverging-converging bends are investigated. Measurements have been made over a range of solid concentrations and flow velocities. The results have shown that diverging-converging bend with an area ratio 2 exhibits reduced wear, and in fact can even be expected to have a long life than a straight pipe. Further, measurement of solid distribution in the three bends has given some insight into the causes for the reduced wear in these modified bends. It has also been demonstrated that the diverging-converging bends even with enlarged cross-sections are not prone to choking when the pipeline is operating near criticial deposition velocity.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 15 May 1998|