To safely empty the storage facilities and more...
An air cannon is the product of a fire valve coupled with a compressed air storage tank.
The operation of the cannon is simple and effective: inside the cannon there is a compressed fluid, customarily air, at a maximum pressure of 10 bar; upon receiving the command to fire, the cannon instantly frees all or part of the volume stored in the tank, generating a blast wave that breaks and fluidifies agglomerated materials, helping the outflow from the storage facility.
Main phases of operation:
- The storage tank, initially empty, is gradually filled with compressed air until the equilibrium pressure is reached, the pressure inside the tank equals the mains pressure;
- The cannon remains in standby: the tank is full and therefore compressed air demand is null;
- Upon receiving the start command, the valve connected to the tank instantly frees up the volume of air stored: this generates a blast wave which, combined with the high speed of the leaking air (velocity given to the pressure variation), crumbles the compacted material.
Types of cannon
The firing command
A cannon can be activated thanks to a machineside command or at distance, this second solution is achieved through the adoption of the /CRONO start valve. It is also possible to combine the /CRONO start device with the /KYOTO partializing device, so to enable the control of the output power of discharge from the cannon in order to avoid unnecessary wastes of energy.
Macro-families of air cannons