Course dates

23 July ; 9am - 2pm and

24 July: 9am - 12pm

Both sessions need to be attended to complete the course

Course fees

Remote delivery: £450 per person

Discounts apply

Course overview

This course is designed to deal with issues relating to keeping powders and granules in a free-flowing, lump-free condition. A large percentage of work undertaken at the Wolfson Centre relates directly to the spoiling and/or solidifying of powders and particulates during handling, storage and discharge. In order to pass on this knowledge and expertise, the course on Caking and Lump Formation in Powders and Bulk Solids has been developed to provide process engineers with the information they need to predict and avoid this problem that can cost the company  valuable time and money in re-work, lost customer confidence and reduced business. 

Subjects covered

  • Understanding the forces between particles and how they relate to chemistry, the environment and physical processes;
  • Methods for determining caking tendencies of powders and granules;
  • Practical advice on changes to the product and the handling and storage conditions to reduce this problem;
  • Advice on selection of the solution and practical implementation;
  • Extensive case studies of caking problems and their solutions across the food, pharmaceutical, chemical, mineral and other industries.


This is a 'one-day' course split into 2 sessions delivered remotely designed with an emphasis on the practical aspects of technology. We begin with a comprehensive introduction to give a basic understanding of materials handling, 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.

Is this for me?

The course is aimed at Produce Managers, Development Chemists/Formulators, Quality Assurance Officers and Plant Designers/Managers.

Operational staff or senior management will also benefit 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 the behaviour of powdered/granular materials.


The course will be delivered via skype for business. A link will be provided within a week of the course.

Course team

The course leader is Richard Farnish, Consultant Engineer, who has over twenty years' experience in commercial design work related to materials handling

Also contributing will be Mike Bradley, Professor of Bulk and Particulate Technologies and Director of the Wolfson Centre. He has worked internationally on design and troubleshooting for bulk solids handling as a commercial consultant and research expert for over twenty years.; and Dr Baldeep Kaur, a Researcher expert in the characterisation and 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.


Book your place and pay by invoice

If you prefer to pay by credit/debit card, please contact the Centre.

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.

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.