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Transporting particulate material

United States Patent

August 30, 2011
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A material transporting system comprises a material transporting apparatus (100) including a material transporting apparatus hopper structure (200, 202), which comprises at least one rotary transporting apparatus; a stationary hub structure (900) constraining and assisting the at least one rotary transporting apparatus; an outlet duct configuration (700) configured to permit material to exit therefrom and comprising at least one diverging portion (702, 702'); an outlet abutment configuration (800) configured to direct material to the outlet duct configuration; an outlet valve assembly from the material transporting system venting the material transporting system; and a moving wall configuration in the material transporting apparatus capable of assisting the material transporting apparatus in transporting material in the material transporting system. Material can be moved from the material transporting apparatus hopper structure to the outlet duct configuration through the at least one rotary transporting apparatus, the outlet abutment configuration, and the outlet valve assembly.
Aldred; Derek Leslie (North Hollywood, CA), Rader; Jeffrey A. (North Hollywood, CA), Saunders; Timothy W. (North Hollywood, CA)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
12/ 565,269
September 23, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under cooperative agreement under the authority of Public Law 95-91 DOE Organization Act, and P. L. 95-224 Federal Grant and cooperative Agreement Act as amended by P. L. 97-258 (Instrument No. DE-FC26-02NT41439) awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in the invention.