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Title: Hopper apparatuses for processing a bulk solid, and related systems and methods

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.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1438368
Assignee:
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID) INL
Patent Number(s):
9,969,553
Application Number:
15/235,895
Contract Number:
AC07-051D14517
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2016 Aug 12
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

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