Course dates

28 - 30 April 2020

17 - 19 November 2020

Course Fees

Short course plus practical session (includes day 3) Fee: £1,260

Short course only Fee: £825

Course overview

This intensive, two-day course was originally prepared at the request of the Department of Trade and Industry and first held in 1981. Since then hundreds of engineers from industry have attended. The course is regularly updated to reflect changes in industrial practice and new developments in pneumatic conveying technology.

During the course we'll cover subjects including system components, design techniques, operation and control of blow tank systems, explosion hazards and operational problems. The course also deals with the important but often neglected area of interfacing storage bins with conveying systems.

You will learn:

  • Techniques for reducing product degradation during conveying
  • Ways to reduce maintenance, repair and unplanned stoppages to pneumatic conveying equipment
  • Methods of reducing energy consumption
  • How to troubleshoot problematic systems
  • How to eliminate blockages in pneumatic pipelines
  • Explosion Hazards including ATEX Directives
  • Operation and control of blow tanks
  • System selection and operation
  • Interfacing storage bins to conveying systems
  • Relevant case studies from industry

Format

It's a two-day course, with an emphasis on practical aspects of technology. We'll begin with a comprehensive introduction to give a basic understanding of the operation of pneumatic pipelines, before moving on to more detailed work.

We'll use case studies throughout to illustrate the presentations, with plenty of discussion periods so that we can analyse any specific problems experienced by attendees.

A third, optional, day is offered for delegates to use the equipment and processes discussed in the theory session

Subjects covered

  • Introduction to pneumatic conveying
  • Troubleshooting
  • Designing out potential problems
  • Practical examples
  • Dilute and dense phase conveying explained
  • Selecting the correct hardware for your application
  • Matching appropriate feeders to pneumatic systems
  • Dust control methodology
  • Practical design considerations
  • Elimination of explosion hazards
  • Positive and negative pressure systems

During the practical session you will be able to:

  • Test materials with the aid of our experienced technicians and researchers
  • Learn different methods of characterising materials
  • Receive advice and recommendations on the results

For those wanting a more in-depth look at Pneumatic Conveying System Design an advanced course has been designed. See here for details.

Is this for me?

If you are a plant designer, plant manager or work in maintenance, this course will improve your ability to deal with the design and troubleshooting of plants.
You'll also benefit if you are from operational staff or senior management through a better understanding of what can go wrong and how to make your plant as efficient and trouble-free as possible. The course is ideal for those new to materials handling, those who require an update on the subject, or those who need a working knowledge of a wide variety of materials handling technologies.

Venue

The course will be held at the University of Greenwich Medway Short Course Centre, 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 nearly twenty years' experience in commercial design work related to materials handling, and Dr Rob Berry, a Research Fellow with over ten years' experience in pneumatic conveying systems.

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

Registration

Book your place and pay by invoice

Book your place and pay by debit/credit card via the  online store

The course fee covers lectures, course notes, lunch, refreshments and an evening meal on the first evening of the course.

Copies of the course presentation will be provided electronically on a USB. Please bring a laptop if you wish to follow the presentation for note-taking in parallel during each session.

All applicants will be acknowledged and confirmed. See here for discounts available and cancellation charges.

Note: It's important to make sure that there is time available to deal with delegates' specific issues. As a result, numbers are strictly limited and we recommend early registration.

In-Company course

This course can be delivered as an In-Company course. These are proving to be a popular option for companies who have a number of personnel who would benefit from education in the subject area, for 3 main reasons:

  1. Cost: It is more economic for us to bring the course to you, than for you to send several staff out to us;
  2. Relevance: We can tailor the course programme to suit the operations you have in your plant, hence reducing the amount of material which is not directly relevant;
  3. Convenience: We can run the course when it suits you, even over several separate days rather than in a block if it is better for you.

If you are interested in discussing your requirements, please contact us.