Primasonics Acoustic Cleaner

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ID Fan Application at Castle Cement's Ketton site (UK)


Products : 1 No. Primasonics‚ Acoustic Cleaner.

Background : CASTLE CEMENT approached Primasoncis‚ for a solution for cleaning of the ID fan used with their cement kiln 7. This was an FLS Type HAF 290 fan and was heavily loaded with dust which was not separated in the cyclones. Due to the deposition, the vibration level of the fan used to increase rapidly, automatic shutdowns due to excess vibration detected by a sensor mounted on the ID fan shaft occurred around every 3-4 weeks. Each unplanned shutdown cost the department £30,000 per day in variable costs alone. The total procedure of cleaning the fan used to take about 1 to 2 days - completely stopping the production.

Approach : Donald Cameron visited the plant to inspect the fan during a shutdown period and study the problem in detail and also to note the process parameters. The separator fan has backward rotor with 2 inlets and 1 outlet. The process parameters are as follows:

Temperature of material: 400º C

Temperature of air: 400º C

Moisture content of material: 5%

Moisture content of air: 5%

Fan RPM: 929

Fan Diameter 2.900 m

Inlet Conditions:

Temperature 400º C

Density: .540(kgm)

Pressure: 96078Pa

System Conditions:

System flow volume 76.30 (M3s)

System Pressure Drop 5253 Pa

Engineering drawings of the fan and details of the material on the impeller were sent to PRIMASONICS‚ for their recommendation, based on which PRIMASONICS‚ selected the most appropriate model from their extensive range of Primasonics‚ Cleaners.

A trial request form was then filled in by Castle Cement staff and returned to Primasonics.

Solution : PRIMASONICS‚ supplied the Audiosonic Acoustic System directly to Castle Ketton plant, along with the accessories required i.e. mounting tube and flange, solenoid valve, flexible air line pipes. The mounting tube arrangement was welded onto the fan casing and the Primasonics‚ system was installed according to the instructions supplied.

The following compressed air conditions were maintained for sounding the Acoustic System:

1) Flow rate: 40-80 scfm

2) Pressure: 4.8 - 6.2 bar

The fan was not cleaned before sounding the Acoustic System. The trial was started with sounding pattern as a variable and after continuously monitoring the vibration level, the most effective sounding pattern was established.

The trial commenced on 23 November 2001 at 1330. The trial was extended by a rental period and conducted for three months to observe the trend in vibration levels.

Results :

Since fitting the Primasonics‚ System there have been no shutdowns due to vibration. The fan does get manually cleaned once every 6 months as part of a planned shutdown. The trial was declared successful and Castle Cement Ketton Site now benefits from increased efficiency after reducing unplanned shutdowns in the clinker section significantly.

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Acoustic Cleaner On Id Fan

Posted on 11. Apr. 2003 - 09:37

Our Primasonics Cleaners prevent build up from occurring on the fan impeller and casing, thus keeping it in balance. The Primasonics Cleaner is sounded for a few seconds only at periodic intervals. Please visit our website @

Donald F Cameron