Short courses focus on powder handling and bulk solids

November 30, 2010

The Wolfson Centre, part of the University of Greenwich School of Engineering in Medway, UK, has announced dates for a series of short courses to run in 2011.

The centre has been delivering short courses for over 25 years, both at the University and at the workplace. The courses are designed for engineers, managers, skilled operatives, maintenance crew or anyone involved in using powders or particulates.

Course Calendar for 2011


Quality in Powder Handling

9 February 2011

  • Maintaining or improving product quality
  • Correct design of equipment to minimise segregation
  • Handling of materials to reduce breakage
  • Approaches to minimise caking of material
  • Techniques to make materials more resistant to loss of quality

Also featuring the new Powder Flow Tester – learn how to measure the ‘flowability’ of your materials; demonstration and practical advice.

Storage and Discharge of Powders

7 – 8 March 2011

  • Basics of hopper and silo function
  • Dealing with potential problems
  • Determination of hopper geometry for hopper flow
  • Practical examples
  • Discharge aids and interfacing to feeders
  • Feeder design

This course will also feature a section and practical demonstration on the use of the Powder Flow Tester.



Powder Containment


12 April 2011

This course covers the selection and operation of equipment designed to reduce the risk of working with hazardous powders including:

  • Perceptions of dust and the consequences of exposure
  • Key principles and equipment for air flow capture systems including H&SE Guidance HSG258
  • Key principles and equipment for barrier systems
  • The Workplace Exposure Limit, equipment performance expectations and performance verification
  • Factors affecting performance such as ergonomics, worker behaviours and powder characteristics.


Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids

17 – 18 May or 22 – 23 November 2011

  • Components of pneumatic conveying systems
  • Design techniques
  • Interfacing storage bins to conveying systems
  • Operational problems and their effects on system design
  • All aspects of system selection and operation


Overview of Particulate Handling Technology

1 – 2 November 2011

  • Vessel design, including dimensions, feeders and discharge aids
  • Characterisation of materials
  • Pneumatic and mechanical handling
  • Feeder interfacing
  • Instrumentation and control of solids handling systems

For more information visit www.gre.ac.uk/wolfsoncentre   

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