Course dates

20 - 22 October 2020 including optional practical session in the laboratory

Course fees

Short course plus practical session (includes day 3) Fee: £1260

Short course only Fee: £825

Course overview

This is an intensive, two-day short course designed to introduce the technology of storing and handling bulk materials. It also covers the problems that can result from incorrect equipment selection, and looks at appropriate design methodologies for safe and reliable plant. Specially prepared by the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling, this course has already been attended by over three hundred engineers from industry and is regularly updated to reflect new developments and changes in industrial practice.

You will learn:

  • Techniques for reducing product degradation during handling
  • How to troubleshoot problematic systems
  • Ways to reduce maintenance, repair and unplanned stoppages to material handling hardware
  • Design fundamentals for specifying equipment
  • Characterisation of materials
  • ATEX Directives 
  • Relevant case studies from industry

Format

This is a two-day course, with an emphasis on practical aspects of technology. You'll begin with a comprehensive introduction to materials handling, before moving on to the more detailed subjects. A third (optional) day is offered to spend time in the laboratory, using some of the equipment and techniques discussed in the theory session.

Subjects covered

  • Introduction to storage and handling of bulk materials
  • Hoppers and silos
  • Pneumatic, screw and belt conveying
  • Characterisation of bulk solids
  • Dust Control
  • Sampling
  • Discharge aids
  • Feeders
  • Segregation, degradation and caking
  • Operational problems and troubleshooting
  • Case studies are used throughout to illustrate the presentations, and substantial discussion periods are included to permit the analysis of specific problems experienced by attendees

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

Is it 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 Campus, 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 bulk solids handling technology.

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.