Wolfson Centre

Commissioning and Troubleshooting Pneumatic Conveying Systems

Course Dates

6 - 7 December 2022
This course is full.

Dates for 2023 will be available shortly but in the meantime, please contact Caroline if you would like to  join a reserve list.


Day 1 (am): Overview of Commissioning / Calculations required / Preparation for commissioning tasks

Days 1 and 2: Practical 'hands-on' work on:

  • Rotary Valve / roots blower system
  • Blow tank system

Day 2 (pm): Evaluation and review of lessons learned.

Course Fee

£825 per delegate. Discounts are available for group bookings and returning delegates.


To register your interest please contact us

Once sufficient interest is shown a link to the payment page will be available/ emailed to you.

Course overview

Delegates will look at the setting up and commissioning of pneumatic conveying systems. This course is a 'Hands on'  fully practical session using the pneumatic conveying lines and rotary valves in the on-site laboratories in Chatham.

Subjects covered

  • The practical challenge of starting up systems on site and making sure they work as the designer intended;
  • Understand the key signals to look out for that tell you how the system is operating;
  • Avoiding pitfalls that can lead to slow start up, blockages etc;
  • How to know when the system is operating as intended;
  • Ensuring the system is optimised around the users priority requirements eg. minimum energy usage/ particle blockage / system wear;
  • It also covers lean and dense phase, rotary valves, blow tanks and various air supply types

Is this for me?

If you are actively involved in commissioning or troubleshooting pneumatic conveying systems, this course is aimed at you.


The course will be held at the University of Greenwich Medway campus in Chatham Maritime, Kent.

Course team

The course leader is Mike Bradley, Professor of Bulk and Particulate Technologies and Director of The Wolfson Centre. He has worked internationally on design and troubleshooting of bulk solids handling as a commercial consultant and research expert for over twenty years.

Also contributing will be Richard Farnish, Consultant Engineer, with over twenty years' experience in commercial design work related to materials handling, and Dr Baldeep Kaur, a Researcher expert in the transportation of materials in the bulk solids handling industry.

Please note that The Wolfson Centre reserves the right to substitute leaders of equal quality should this be dictated by circumstances beyond their control.

In-Company courses

Due to the Hands on nature of this course it is not possible to transfer the teaching to your site. However, it is possible for an In-Company course to be arranged at our campus to suit your requirements. Please contact us for details and course fees.