Slurry Pipeline Control Systems

by Jay P. Chapman, Pipeline Systems Inc, Control, Systems Div, Orinda, CA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Design and Operation of Pipeline Control Systems


The paper documents the La Perla-Hercules pipeline and its control system. This eight and fourteen-inch, 382-kilometer iron ore concentrate slurry pipeline was commissioned in June of 1983. Also described is the methodology and rationale for the selection of a slurry pipeline control system based on the use of programmable controllers. A discussion of the control requirements for large slurry pipelines is presented. Terminology and design considerations are provided.

Subject Headings: Control systems | Slurries | Slurry pipelines | Iron (material) | Pumping stations | Pipelines | Terminology and definition | Pipeline design

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