Wolfson Centre

Handling and Storage of Waste and Recycled Bulk Materials

This course is currently held in-company only

Course overview

The processing of waste streams for the purposes of recycling or as a fuel source is an increasing activity in many sectors. The economics for processing this type of bulk solids are firmly based on the efficient handling of very large volumes of input materials – which can only be achieved through design based on an understanding of the storage and reclaim behaviour of what are typically highly variable products.  The low value of the input material does not correlate to a low technology approach to attain trouble-free plant operation, as many installations have found to their cost!


The course will make extensive use of industrial examples and case studies which will have points emphasised through the physical demonstrations of key concepts.

Subjects covered

This course will consider the following topics:

  • What are measurable bulk characteristics of waste and recycled bulk materials – how can these be defined contractually and operationally?
  • Implications of variation in fuel quality in pre and post combustion processes
  • How do the different bulk particles influence the approach to handling strategies?
  • Discharge behaviour commonly found in storage schemes and how to predict reclaim efficiency?
  • Options for transportation of bulk material.
  • Design options for modification to existing plant and new build considerations?
  • 'Future proofing' process plants for unknown input stock
  • Reclaim equipment design and operational characteristics for bunkers and silos
  • General trouble-shooting of handling problems

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.


The course can be held on your premises at a time to suit your operational requirements

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;

Contributions may also be made from the rest of the Team, including

Dr Baldeep Kaur, whose interests lie in characterisation and transportation of bulk materials;
Dr Vivek Garg, whose interests lie in powder flowability;
Dr Atul Sharma, whose interests lie 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.

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.