Debut author Rivkin describes the ins and outs of bulk material handling from an engineer’s perspective in this guidebook.
Substances such as ore, coal, grain, and fertilizer are transported in bulk, and it falls to engineers to design, operate, and maintain the equipment and facilities used to do so. As Rivkin notes in his introduction, “there are numerous technical solutions to any problem” and “the engineer’s personal selection of the optimal solution is as critical as the technical component!” In this guide, he seeks to aid engineers who don’t have specific backgrounds in material handling in familiarizing themselves with the field’s interdependent components. It aims to help engineers to adequately plan for a job by selecting mechanically efficient and environmentally friendly equipment; it also prepares them to think on their feet to solve any unanticipated problems. The author first offers a quick primer on the physical properties of bulk materials, including the ways they flow and the amount of dust they emit. He then covers the specifics of conveyors, elevators, storage facilities, vehicles, de-dusting systems, and more, giving his readers all the information they need for any bulk material handling project. Rivkin, with his years of experience in the field, brings a vast amount of industry minutiae with him to this work. In technical but always coherent prose, he expounds at length on everything from overland flying belt conveyors to Cleveland Cascade chutes: “To reduce heavy dusting during loading of a storage by reducing the material free-fall velocity, Cleveland Cascade telescopic chute can be hung from overhead conveyor gallery at the first discharge station.” With its frequent charts and photographs to illustrate specific principles and equipment, novices will be able to absorb a great deal from this comprehensive guide.
A well-constructed and highly informative manual.