Transportation of Slurries

CIM Bulletin, 1972

JAROSLAV J. VOCADLO, Director of Research, Worthington (Canada) Ltd., Brantford, Ontario; MICHAEL E. CHARLES, Professor of Chemical Engineering [and Scientific Adviser to Worthington (Canada) Ltd .] , University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

The hydraulic transport of solids through pipelines can have many advantages over other modes of transport. Numerous successful applications both within plants and over longer distances have demonstrated the technical and economic feasibility of slurry pipelining. Solids successfully transported include kaolin, coal, iron ore, gilsonite and limestone, and others, such as sulphur and potash, are likely to be transported in Canada in the near future. However, though the technology of solids pipelining is quite advanced the underlying principles have not yet been formulated past the semi-empirical stage. The main objective of this paper is to present a discussion of the important technical and economic considerations in the design of so lids pipeline systems by reference to typical data. The Worthington slurry pumps and pilot facilities are briefly described.
Keywords: Concentration, flow, Georgia Kaolin Co., iron ore, pipeline transport, slurry, specific gravity, particles, Pipe, Pipeline, Pipelines, Slurries, Slurry, transport