The capacity of a vibrating screen is a measure of the amount of material that can be processed or screened in a given time period. It is usually expressed as tons per hour (tph) or cubic meters per hour (m³/h), depending on the unit of measurement used. The capacity of a vibrating screen depends on several factors, including:

Screen Size and Surface Area: Larger screens and greater surface areas can handle more material.

Screen Deck Configuration: The number of decks on a vibrating screen can affect its capacity. Multiple decks allow for the sorting of different particle sizes.

Screen Motion: The type of motion of the vibrating screen, such as linear, circular, or elliptical, can impact its capacity. Different motions are suitable for different types of applications.

Screen Slope: The angle of the screen deck also plays a role. Steeper slopes generally allow for better material separation but can reduce capacity.

Material Characteristics: The type, size, and characteristics of the material being screened influence the capacity. For example, wet or sticky materials may require a different type of screen or additional equipment for effective screening.

Vibration Frequency and Amplitude: The frequency (cycles per minute) and amplitude (the height of the vibrating motion) can be adjusted to optimize the screening process for different materials.

Feed Rate: The rate at which material is fed onto the screen affects the screening capacity. Proper feed rates help ensure optimal performance.

Screening Efficiency: The efficiency of the screening process also affects capacity. Higher efficiency means more effective screening and potentially higher throughput.

Vibrating screen capacity calculation

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The capacity of a vibrating screen is typically represented by the throughput or the flow rate of material through the screen. The capacity calculation depends on various factors, including the screen dimensions, screen inclination, and the characteristics of the material being screened. Here’s a general approach to calculating the capacity of a vibrating screen:

1. Basic Formula:

The basic formula for calculating the capacity of a vibrating screen is:


  • is the capacity (throughput) in tons per hour.
  • is the effective screening area (in square feet).
  • is the percentage of material in the feed to the screen that is smaller than the screen opening size.
  • is the basic capacity of the screen in tons per hour per square foot.
  • is the efficiency factor, which is typically in the range of 90-95%.
  • is a correction factor that depends on the type of screen and the material being screened.

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