PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING ON A VENTILATION
NETWORK AND DUST COLLECTOR OF A WAREHOUSE
IN A FERROSILICON FOUNDRY

ISSUE

A ferrosilicon foundry operates a warehouse to store different grades of finished products before their truck shipments. During material transfer operations to and from storage, large amounts of dust are suspended in the air.  


The dust clouds formed then dramatically reduce the visibility in the warehouse, which creates health and safety risks to workers and sometimes force the temporary shutdown of operations in the warehouse while the cloud dissipates.   


TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGE

  • Identify the techniques and technologies of ventilation / dust collector applicable to the warehouse to solve the problem of visibility.

  • Size the required equipment to ensure an optimal operation and secure system.


RECOMMENDED SOLUTION

Four ventilation and dust collector techniques were evaluated during this study to address the problem of visibility in the warehouse. For each configuration of the ventilation / dust collector system, the various equipment components of the warehouse ventilation/dust collector network have been dimensionned in a preliminary study (ducts, fan, dust collector system, fire & explosion prevention system, instrumentation, etc.).


Finally, an estimate of the acquisition and installation costs of each configuration was made to identify the method and configuration that, in terms of cost and longevity, is the best solution for this application.

RESULTS

At the end of this study, the combination of a push and pull ventilation system and a multi-cyclone was determined, in terms of cost and robustness, as the configuration suited for this application. Preliminary dimensioning of ventilation equipment, dust collector and fire & explosion prevention corresponding to this configuration has also been realized.

INDUSTRY

Mines & Foundries

LEVEL OF INTERVENTION

Preliminary Engineering

ESTIMATED COSTS

18500$

YEAR

2017