Ducting and Ductwork

Ducting is used for the gravity discharge of materials from silos and hoppers, often directing it into process or packing machines, road tankers, open trucks or bulk bags. It is also used for large volume air, gas or fume movements associated with Dust Extraction, Air Filtration, Ventilation and Fume Extraction. For the latter application, given the propensity for air and dust mixtures to be explosive, specialist knowledge, awareness and compliance with COSHH, LEV and DSEAR/ATEX are essential. Thin-walled rigid tubing and flexible tubing are also used in the construction of positive and negative pressure pneumatic conveying systems. Correct selection according to line pressure and abrasiveness of the materials conveyed is critical.

Flexible and metal ducting

Flexible hose, industrial hoses

Clipped ducting systems

Industrial hoses and connectors

Metal ducting

 

Flexible ducting and connectors

 

Ducting systems come in many forms. Very popular and easy to install is ‘clipped’ ductwork which, as the name implies, simply clips together. Thus complex systems can quickly be generated from a wide range of ex-stock, standard components, including diverter, shut-off and rotary valves when used to deliver dry bulk solids. These components are available in a variety of diameters, metal gauges, metal types and finishes to meet the demands of all applications. Where the application calls for greater security and integrity, then more permanent ducting that is bolted or welded together is available. All ductwork suppliers offer design and installation services. Many offer equipment and services that monitor and control what happens within the ductwork system, such as flame detection and quenching, and also what happens at the exit of the system, such as fume gas monitoring.
The range of sizes, construction, materials and capabilities of industrial hoses are as varied as their applications. They are used for pneumatic conveying, both positive pressure and vacuum. Flexible tubes facilitate tortuous routing. In addition, many plastic and rubber compounds can offer superior wear resistance to metal tubes - especially at bends.

Flexible tubing is used in the manufacture of peristaltic pumps which are an alternative means of pumping fluidised dry bulk solids along a pipeline. This is a specialist area and tube manufacturers are best able to give advice on the correct selection of tubing for powder pumping applications.

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