The CONTI® PIPE pipe conveyor belt differs from a conventional, troughed belt in its design and the splicing technology used, it is used to perform special conveying tasks.
Mining and industrial applications often require relatively large inclines and tight curves in confined spaces and at high mass flow rates. The specific features of modern pipe belt conveyors include: no transfer points, no material spillage along the conveyor route, and tight 3D curves, which allow them to be adapted perfectly to the landscape. Pipe belt conveyors save space thanks to their compact design and the fact that they are able to navigate steep conveyor angles of up to 30°.
Design and function of the pipe conveyor system
At the material feed point, the conveyor belt is troughed and is fed like a conventional conveyor belt. Beyond the material feed point, the conveyor belt is formed into a closed belt pipe by specially configured finger rollers. Further idlers set along the conveyor route guarantee that the belt is kept closed. As a result, the material being conveyed remains protected by the closed belt system.
At the end of the belt run, the finger rollers are configured in such a way that the closed belt is opened and adopts a flat shape at the pulley. The material being conveyed can then be discharged in the same way as with conventional belt systems.
Depending on requirements, the pipe belt is equipped with high-quality fabric or steel-cord strength members and a transverse reinforcement system. This ensures a stable, durable tubular form. The high-tensile steel-cord pipe belts (kN > 5400 N/mm) offer new prospects, for example in surface and underground mining operations.
Guide dimensions for design
- Belt width B = 600 to 3200* mm
- Outer diameter DA = 150 mm to 900* mm
- Recommended max. fill level φF = 75%
- Max. volumetric flow rate IV at conveyor speed vF = 1 m/s, max. outer diameter DA = 900* mm and fill level φF = 75% IVmax ≈ 1500* m3/h
- Recommended max. conveyor speeds (depending on idler diameter) vF = 2,3 to 6,5* m/s
- Max. lump size (depending on pipe inner diameter and operating data) 50 to 350* mm
- Minimum radius of curve for horizontal and vertical curves
R = Outer Ø x 300 for fabric belts
R = Outer Ø x 600 for steel-cord belts
- Minimum transition length
x = Outer Ø x 30 for fabric belts
x = Outer Ø x 60 for steel-cord belts
*Outer diameters greater than DA = 700 mm are handled using our new product CONTI® MegaPipe. We will be happy to provide further information on request.
Technical plant design
Pipe belt properties
|Tight curves and inclines of up to 30° possible, ensuring optimal adaptation to local features/terrain/systems
||High strength and ability to negotiate curves: long center distances without intermediate transfers
||Protection of the material conveyed against environmental conditions (e.g. rain, snow, sun and wind)
|Little space required thanks to its compact design, which makes it the ideal choice for underground mining, cement factories, steel mills and power plants
||The low-stretch strength member enables short take-ups
||Protection of the material conveyed against volatilzation and adulteration due to extraction or addition of parts of the material
|No transfer stations as a result of tight horizontal and vertical curves and relatively high incline angles
||Stable tracking. The special tension member configuration ensures an effective seal in the overlap area
||Protection of the environment and people since hazardous, contaminated, dusty or strong-smelling materials (chemicals, refuse, ash, overburden etc.) cannot escape
|Low maintenance and cleaning input thanks to standardized, abrasion-resistant components
||High volumetric flow rates and transport of large material lumps (up to 350mm) thanks to outer Ø up to 900 mm.
||Significantly reduced CO2 emissions compared with convention transport by truck
|High conveying speed
||Belt design offers a long service life and extreme reliability