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Duct having oscillatory side wall

United States Patent

April 3, 2018
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A pump system includes a particulate consolidator pump that has a pump outlet. A duct is coupled to the pump outlet. The duct has a wall that is coupled with an oscillator. The oscillator is operable to oscillate the wall at a controlled frequency. The controlled frequency is selected with respect to breaking static bridging of particulate in the duct due, at least in part, to consolidation of the particulate from a downstream check valve.
Sprouse; Kenneth M. (Sacramento, CA)
Gas Technology Institute (Des Plaines, IL)
14/ 296,761
June 5, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-FC26-04NT42237 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.