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HOPPER APPARATUSES FOR PROCESSING A BULK SOLID, AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

United States Patent Application

20180044113
A1
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A hopper apparatus comprises a movable wall comprising opposing walls movably connected to a support assembly and oriented at acute angles relative to a central vertical axis of the support assembly, and movement control devices configured and positioned to move the opposing walls along the support assembly to control dimensions of a discharge outlet at least partially defined by converging ends of the opposing walls; a liner assembly comprising liner structures at least partially overlying inner surfaces of the opposing walls and configured to remain at least partially stationary relative to the opposing walls during movement of the opposing walls; and pressure sensors between the inner surfaces of opposing walls and portions of the liner structures thereover. A bulk solids processing system and a method of processing a bulk solid are also described.
Westover, Tyler Lott (Idaho Falls, ID), Ryan, John Chadron Benjamin (Rexburg, ID), Matthews, Austin Colter (Salt Lake City, UT), Hernandez, Sergio (Idaho Falls, ID)
15/ 235,895
August 12, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] 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.