Conveyor Transfer Design

No conveyor is complete without conveyor transfer design using chutes to add and remove material from the belt. CDI uses Granular Dynamics International’s (GDI’s) ROCKY software to do DEM analysis on our chute designs.  This software, coupled with a proven material calibration method, enables CDI to produce plug-free chute designs for a wide variety of materials, including wet sticky material such as clay fines combined with moisture.

Simulation of a transfer chute using non-round particles.


While most transfer chutes occur at the head or tail ends of the conveyor, on long-distance overland conveyors, it is sometimes necessary to put a drive pulley in the middle of the conveyor flight.  An in-line transfer of this type requires a special short fall, in-line chute design, as well as complex drive control algorithms to coordinate the booster drives torque and speed demands with the head and tail drives.  Below is an example of a recent CDI design for such a booster drive station.

Booster Drive Station Design
Booster Drive Station Design


CDI Chute Design Brochure PDF


Transfer Design was last modified: April 10th, 2018 by CDI