Monday, February 27, 2017

Eliminate Costly Hopper Pluggage with Electric Hopper Heaters

hopper heaters
Modular, metal-clad hopper heaters
installed on large hopper.
Fly ash is a by-product of coal fired and waste-to-energy fired electrical generating facilities. Fly ash is a combination of dust and fine particles produced during combustion. Environmental laws require fly ash to be collected and not released in to the atmosphere. Large collectors called electrostatic precipitators combined with a system of filters extract fly ash from the flue gas and dispense the fly ash in large steel hoppers prior to being dumped in to containers and transported.

Due to the temperature differential between the hot internal temperature of the hopper and the cooler exterior, condensation forms on the internal wall surfaces, The condensation, combined with the fly ash, creates a concrete-like material that bonds to the hopper walls. The accumulation of this material eventually clogs the hopper to the extent it cannot be emptied. At this point, the only way to free the clogged material is with sledge hammers and pneumatic tools and long periods of downtime and the related expense.

To prevent the fly ash and condensate mixture from forming,
electric heaters are bonded or clamped to the exterior walls and throat of the hopper. Because the environment is normally very dirty with high vibration, “hopper heaters” are designed to withstand to meet these mechanical and environmental stresses.


Hopper heaters come in a variety of physical sizes, voltages, and wattages. Most often, hopper heaters come in pre-engineered sets that have been specified and configured by an applications engineer.

For more information on any hopper heating application, contact Hotfoil-EHS for a free consultation. Visit http://www.hotfoilehs.com or call 609.588.0900.