Date of release: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wolfson CentreThe University of Greenwich's Wolfson Centre is celebrating ten years in Medway with an Open Day on Tuesday 10 November.

The centre is home to the UK's leading experts in moving large quantities of solid materials – ranging from chocolate and coal to paint pigments and animal feeds – across factories and industrial plants.

They will be welcoming businesses and local people keen to discover more about the centre's work at the university's Medway Campus during the Open Day, which runs from 10am to 4pm. Booking is not required.

Visitors will be able to talk to the Wolfson Centre team about their work and technology. They will be able to see some of the many solutions the expert team has designed, such as stopping sugar clumping during processing and making sure mixed grains and additives are evenly distributed in animal feeds.

The Wolfson Centre moved to Medway in 2005 from its previous base in Woolwich.

It is now one of just five centres of excellence in the world dedicated to solving the challenges facing international and national companies, and training industrial technicians.

A recent challenge has been measuring the abrasiveness of varying sizes of pieces of coal to reduce wear on coal handling equipment, while taking into account the optimum measurements and particle size for efficient burning and minimal CO2 emissions.

"Every day can bring new challenges from anywhere in the world," says Richard Farnish, Consultant Engineer at the Wolfson Centre. "We work with companies at all stages of the manufacturing and handling process to improve plant layout, equipment design and the best ways to handle all product ingredients, from delivery and storage to packaging and distribution."

"In the past year we have had requests for a lot of support in handling biomass and the separation of recyclables for processing.

"However, tomorrow we may be called on to help with the processing and movement of chemical powders, or the ingredients for a new range of breakfast cereals."

Find out more about the highly varied work and training courses at the University of Greenwich Wolfson Centre: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/engsci/research/groups/wolfsoncentre/home

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Picture: Experimenting to find solutions for business at the Wolfson Centre.