## Screw Conveyor Power Calculation / Screw Conveyor Capacity calculation

The weight or volume per hour is known as the capacity of a bulk material which can be transported safely and easily using a screw conveyor.

## What is Screw Conveyor?

Screw conveyors are one of the most common transportation and delivery systems for bulk solids. Screw conveyors are commonly used to transport bulk materials, depending on the material characteristics of the particular bulk material, at 15, 30 or 45 % trough loading. In general, 45 % trough loading may be used for bulk materials that are lightweight, free flow or non-abrasive. For denser, lenient and abrasive bulk materials, trough loadings of 15 and 30% are usually used.

**Power requirement of Screw Conveyors or Screw Conveyor Power Calculation**

The driving power of the loaded screw conveyor is given by:

**P = P _{H} + P_{N} + P_{st}**

Where,

P_{H} = Power necessary for the progress of the material

P_{N} = Driving power of the screw conveyor at no load

P_{st }= Power requirement for the inclination of the conveyor

**Power necessary for the progress of the material P**_{H}: / Screw Conveyor power calculation

_{H}: / Screw Conveyor power calculation

For a length L of the screw conveyor (feeder), the power PH in kilo watts is the product of the mass flow rate of the material by the length L and an artificial friction coefficient λ, also called the progress resistance coefficient.

**P _{H} = I_{m}.L. λ.g / 3600 (kilowatt)**

**= I _{m}.L. λ / 367 (kilowatt)**

Where,

I_{m} = Mass flow rate in t/hr

λ = Progress resistance coefficient

Each material has its own coefficient λ. It is generally of the order of 2 to 4. For materials like rock salt etc, the mean value of λ is 2.5. For gypsum, lumpy or dry fine clay, foundry sand, cement, ash, lime, large grain ordinary sand, the mean value of λ is 4.0.

In this connection it should be noted that the sliding of the material particles against each other gives rise to internal friction. Other resistance due to grading or shape of the output discharge pattern contributes to the resistance factor. That is why the parameter λ is always higher than that due to pure friction.

**Drive power of the screw conveyor at no load, P**_{N}: / Screw Conveyor Power calculation

_{N}: / Screw Conveyor Power calculation

This power requirement is very low and is proportional to the nominal diameter and length of the screw.

**P _{N} = D.L / 20 (Kilowatt)**

Where,

D = Nominal diameter of screw in meter

L = Length of screw conveyor in meter

**Power due to inclination: P**_{st}

_{st}

This power requirement will be the product of the mass flow rate by the height H and the acceleration due to gravity g.

**P _{st} = I_{m}.H.g / 3600**

**= I _{m}.H / 367**

H should be taken positive for ascending screws and will be negative for descending screws.

**Total power calculation requirement of screw conveyor **

The total power requirement is the sum total of the above items

**P = (I _{m} (λ.L + H) / 367) + (D.L /20) (Kilowatt)**