A mathematical model to predict the air-solids performance of central air-jet pumps has been developed based on the fundamentals of fluid and particle mechanics. The influence of throat entry configuration on performance has been incorporated into the analytical model by introducing a throat entry function and suction area ratio. Nondimensional parameters to represent air-solids jet pump performance has been defined and used in the analytical procedure. The performance predictions obtained by this model show good agreement with experimental results.

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