All Blog Posts about ‘Rotary Dryers’

Biocoal: The Key to Turning the Coal Industry Around?

This article was co-authored by:

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

A recent white paper by William Strauss, PhD of FutureMetrics LLC, looked at a strategy that could breathe life back into the dying US coal industry, and the answer comes from an unlikely place: implementing policy to support the co-firing of wood biomass pellets (biocoal) Continue reading →

 

The Transformation of Bauxite to Aluminum (and the Products in Between)

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Walter Hawkins
Process Sales Engineer

With applications in everything from energy, infrastructure, and aerospace, to automotive, packaging, and more, aluminum has become a cornerstone of modern society. Aluminum’s widespread use might infer ease of accessibility, but such is not the case; aluminum is not found freely in nature, requiring the Continue reading →

 

Ceramic Proppants: A Specialized Alternative to Frac Sand

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Walter Hawkins
Process Sales Engineer

While the oil and natural gas industry has had its ups and downs, many speculate it is again poised for growth due to the current political climate. Subsequently, there is a renewed interest around proppants – the hard microspheres injected into well bores to “prop Continue reading →

 

Wood Pellet Biomass: An Industry Fueled by European Renewable Energy Legislation

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Biomass has garnered an increasing amount of interest over the past few years, chiefly a result of legislation put in place by the European Union, aiming for all of its countries to move to a 20% renewable energy goal by 2020. Wood-based biomass pellets are Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are the Benefits of Feasibility Testing with a Rotary Dryer?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Feasibility testing provides unparalleled information when designing a rotary dryer. Testing can help confirm the viability of the intended process, and allows one to work out process variables to help define the recipe for successful drying. The reasons to engage in rotary dryer feasibility testing Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Combustion Chamber Under Production

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo highlights a rotary dryer combustion chamber from FEECO’s Fabrication Facility. In regards to rotary dryer components, the combustion chamber houses the combustion reaction. From here, the drying air is directed through the rotary drum. FEECO offers a variety of combustion chambers including Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Causes Rotary Dryer Misalignment?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Rotary dryer misalignment is oftentimes the result of improper base installation. Misalignment in the base will quickly spread through the rest of the drum, causing wear and damage to other drum components. In addition, misalignment can occur naturally over time as part of normal rotary Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Counter-Current Rotary Dryer

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s image highlights a counter-current rotary dryer in 3D. In counter-current dryers, material flows in the opposite direction as the drying air. Here, the wettest material comes in contact with the coolest drying air. The counter current design provides increased thermal efficiency for materials Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Combustion Chamber under Production

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo shows a combustion chamber under production in FEECO’s Fabrication Facility. Castable refractory is pictured in the center. Fiber modules surround the castable on either side; they are lighter and have a lower thermal conductivity. The fiber modules are not used on the bottom Continue reading →

 

Biocoal from Biomass: An Emerging Opportunity for Renewable Energy

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Walter Hawkins
Process Sales Engineer

Biocoal, a product produced by thermally upgrading biomass, has been gaining traction throughout the world as countries look to more renewable energy sources in an effort to reduce dependence on coal and mitigate greenhouse gases. What is Biocoal? Biocoal, also commonly referred to as syn Continue reading →