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Conveyor Capacity

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Conveyor capacity is determined by the belt speed, width and the angle of the belt - and can be expressed as

Q = ρ A v                                     (1)


Q = conveyor capacity (kg/s, lb/s)

ρ = density of transported material (kg/m3, lb/ft3)

A = cross-sectional area of the bulk solid on the belt (m2, ft2)

v = conveyor belt velocity (m/s, ft/s)

The cross-sectional area of the bulk solid on the belt can be expressed as

A = U b2                              (2) 


U = non-dimensional cross-sectional area shape factor

b = contact perimeter between bulk material and belt (m, ft)

Non-dimensional cross-sectional area shape factors for various troughing belts are available from manufacturers' handbooks.

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