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FEEDER FOR BULK SOLIDS

United States Patent Application

20170334655
A1
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A feeder for bulk solids has a rotatable bin with an open bottom and an open top and is tilted so that one side of the bin is substantially vertical. A rotating auger is located within the bin having a vertically oriented exposed helical fin. Longitudinal ribs are secured on the inner surface of the bin and spaced radially. Material is loaded into the open top of the rotating bin, tumbling the material towards the bottom of the bin causing the material to constantly contact the rotating auger. The auger then feeds the material through the open bottom of the bin. Ribs engage the material in the bin enhancing tumbling and feeding.
NICHOL, CORRIE IAN (IDAHO FALLS, ID)
15/ 600,413
May 19, 2017
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-051D14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.