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Latest update: 07.12.2023
The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
TEL: +44 20 8331 8646
FAX: +44 20 8331 8647
University of Greenwich
Central Avenue
UK-ME4 4TB   Chatham Maritime, Kent
United Kingdom
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+44 20 8331 8646
Ms. Caroline Chapman
Centre Support Manager The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
+442083318646
Mr. Mike Bradley
Director The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
02083318646
Ms. Baldeep Kaur
Consultant Engineer The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
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Consultancy, Research and Training (Short Courses) for the bulk materials handling industry.


Independent expertise and cost-effective solutions to industrial problems.

Our Mission: To help industry to get it’s powders and bulk materials to behave in the way they need them to.
Consultancy Services, Education and Research
Products, services
 Bulk solids handling courses - identify the problem, learn the solution. We offer online learning, face to face courses with practical workshops or in-company courses.
 Pneumatic conveying - Consultancy and education services; Research projects. On-site pilot plant with pneumatic conveying pipelines.
 Discharge of Powders - Consultancy and education services; Research projects. Specialist equipment on site to identify issues with storage and discharge of bulk materials.
 Expert witness services - For companies involved in litigation, arbitration or adjudication matters, we can provide reports, analyses, ’forensic engineering’ or court appearanc
 Powder Flow Properties - Consultancy and education services; Research projects. Powder testing facilities.
 Plant Design services - The greatest risk to plant performance for end users is to assume a constant form and behaviour for a given bulk solid throughout the plant.
 Particle shape analysis - Consultancy and education services; Research projects. Specialist equipment available
 Quality control - Consultancy and education services; Research projects.
 Bulk material handling - Independent expertise and cost-effective solutions to industrial problems
 Hoppers and Silos - Independent expertise and cost-effective solutions to industrial problems
Categories
Services - Various services - Education
Services - Various services - Expert witnesses
Services - Measurement, analyses - Flow property measurements
Services - Measurement, analyses - Fluidisability measurements
Handling
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Categories
Services - Various services - Education
Services - Various services - Expert witnesses
Services - Measurement, analyses - Flow property measurements
Services - Measurement, analyses - Fluidisability measurements
Handling
Services - Measurement, analyses - Particle shape analysis
Services - Measurement, analyses - Particle size distribution measurements
Services - Measurement, analyses - Quality control

Current events

Course Troubleshooting and Commissioning Pneumatic Conveying System
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 Course fee: £915 per delegate Venue: Chatham, Kent Contact: Caroline Chapman This course is repeated on 25 - 26 September 2024
28.02.2024 | Course | 2 days | Chatham, UK | Entry: paid
Short course Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes
Overview: Bulk materials handling and safety issues at ports and at sea Subjects covered: * Ship unloading technologies * Conveying technologies (pneumatic vs belt) * Storage and discharge technologies * Loading/unloading control * Rail and road outloading equipment and control * Explosion and fire risks and management * Mobile plant and safety * Developments in automation and autonomous vehicles * Dust control and environmental protection * Controlling cargo damage * Wear protection and maintenance * Cargo characterisation for handleability and other issues The course will run from 13:00 hrs UK time each day and will be delivered in English. Held in association with ABTO, members will receive discounted rates.
19.03.2024 | Short course | 4 days | on-line | Entry: paid
Course Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Solids
Overview: Facilities storing bulk solid materials sometimes experience operational problems – often because they have been designed without knowledge of the flow characteristics of the material to be stored. This course advises on preventing such problems. Subjects covered: * An introduction to the storage and flow of bulk solid materials in hoppers, bins and bunkers * Determining the flow properties of bulk solids * Determination of hopper geometry * Predicting discharge rates * Feeders and feeding * Hopper discharge aids * Prediction of wall loadings and their effect on structural design * Discussion/troubleshooting period Course fee: from £915 on campus Delegates are also offered the chance to participate in the optional practical workshop where equipment and processes discussed during the course will be demonstrated.
16.04.2024 | Course | 3 days | Chatham, Kent, UK | Entry: paid
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Handling Bulk Materials; What’s the Big Deal? Process technologies have advanced enormously the past decades. But  flow problems have persisted. This article will discuss some of the more common causes. 
by R.J. Farnish
Handling Bulk Materials; What’s the Big Deal?
Process technologies have advanced enormously the past decades. But flow problems have persisted. This article will discuss some of the more common causes. by R.J. Farnish The movement and storage of bulk materials within processes has been a fundamental activity for many plants since the event of the industrial revolution in the 18th century. Process technologies have advanced enormously in their sophistication and efficiency over the intervening period to the current day. If it were possible to bring an engineer from the early days of industrialisation to see what is available today they almost certainly would not believe their eyes at the sheer diversity of plant equipment tailored for specific process requirements and end products. Sadly, what they probably would be able to relate to are the silos, bunkers and hoppers that function poorly and are often on the receiving end of the not so tender attentions of plant operators. This article will discuss some of the more common causes of processing/flow problems that have persisted over the decades. Fundamentals The discharge problems that are experienced when handling bulk
05.03.2021  |  933x  | 

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 Troubleshooting and Commissioning Pneumatic Conveying Systems A ’hand’s on’ course for engineers who are actively involved in commissioning or troubleshooting pneumatic conveying systems
Troubleshooting and Commissioning Pneumatic Conveying Systems
A ’hand’s on’ course for engineers who are actively involved in commissioning or troubleshooting pneumatic conveying systems A look at the practical challenges of starting up systems on site and making sure they work as the designer intended. Delegates will be guided through a selection of practical workshops in the on-site Pilot Plant to look at the different challenges encountered when using and commissioning pneumatic conveying systems including; - Rotary Valve / roots blower system - Blow tank system Course presenters: Professor Mike Bradley – who has decades of practical experience of all kinds of pneumatic conveying systems – assisted By Dr Atul Sharma, our lead consultant engineer in the subject. To ensure the maximum benefit for those attending, we limit delegate number to 6 per course. Fees are discounted for 2 or more delegates signing up together from the same company.
05.02.2024  |  420x  |  Product news  | 
Caking and Lump Formation in Powders and Bulk Solids Keeping powders and granules in a free-flowing, lump-free condition
Caking and Lump Formation in Powders and Bulk Solids
Keeping powders and granules in a free-flowing, lump-free condition An online course over 2 sessions to help delegates solve their caking and lumping problems when handling powders and particulate materials. Subjects covered include: - 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 Join us as we celebrate 50 years of helping industry solve its bulk materials handling problems. Register for this course online. Fees are discounted for multiple registrations - so bring your colleagues along.
05.02.2024  |  453x  |  Product news  | 
Powder Handling Short Courses 2024 - Early Bird reduction The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology has released the short course calendar for 2024 and online registration is now open. Register before 31 December and pay 2023 fees.
Powder Handling Short Courses 2024 - Early Bird reduction
The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology has released the short course calendar for 2024 and online registration is now open. Register before 31 December and pay 2023 fees. Held either online or at the Wolfson Centre offices in Chatham, Kent, we offer courses in a variety of bulk materials handling subjects. The full calendar of courses is now available on our website, including those only available as in-company courses. Early Bird Registration The following courses on powder handling will take place in January and February 2024. Register for these online courses before 31 December and pay 2023 fees. * Undesired Deblending and Separation in Processes and Equipment; * Measurement of the Properties and Bulk Behaviour of Particulate Materials; * Caking and Lump Formation of Powders and Bulk Solids These three courses will be led by Dr Vivek Garg; Vivek’s area of expertise focuses on solving flow related problems in bulk solids handling industries and the development of the novel mechanical surface energy tester, which will feature in the Bulk Behaviour course above. He has been involved in various research projects such
21.11.2023  |  1040x  |  Press release  |   | 
Free Webinar for the Additive Manufacturing Industry 
New approaches to quantify powder’s bed surface qualities in additive manufacturing
Free Webinar for the Additive Manufacturing Industry
New approaches to quantify powder’s bed surface qualities in additive manufacturing 30 June 2023 13;00 hrs UK time Presenter: Dr Hamid Salehi Latest Techniques in Spreadability Testing and Layer Quality Control. The powder bed surface qualities play an important role in the quality of the final parts fabricated using powder bed Additive Manufacturing processes. The development and application of a new techniques and prototype instrument which can be used to simulate the creation of a powder bed and reveal the surface properties of that bed will be introduced in this presentation. The new tester can be used to evaluate powder bed surface roughness, evaluate powder bed relative packing fraction, change in particle size and shape over the build plate and electrostatic charges over the powder bed. This webinar will provide a snapshot of the research conducted to date and it’s use in industry.
23.06.2023  |  868x  |  Product news  | 
Free Webinar for Bulk Materials Handling Industries Modelling Chaotic Behaviour of Gas-Solid Flow in the Pneumatic Conveying
Free Webinar for Bulk Materials Handling Industries
Modelling Chaotic Behaviour of Gas-Solid Flow in the Pneumatic Conveying July 28 13:00 hrs UK time Presenter: Osamh Alshahed The application of chaos analysis in relation to the efficiency and reliability of pneumatic conveying systems. The pneumatic conveying of bulk solids is a complex process involving transporting solid particles in a high velocity gas stream through pipelines. In this process, the interaction between the gas and solid phases can lead to chaotic behaviour, which can affect the efficiency and reliability of the system. The webinar will cover the fundamentals of chaos theory and its relevance to complex systems like pneumatic conveying. The presenter will talk about different methods available for modelling chaotic behaviour in gas-solids flow and application of these methods to optimise complex systems like pneumatic conveying. Osamh is a third year PhD student at the Wolfson Centre. His studies have been made using measurements with plastic pellets and three other materials to establish a technique to optimise
23.06.2023  |  870x  |  Product news  | 
Online short course: Dust Control for Processes Online short course studying dust prevention, capture and extraction methods.
Online short course: Dust Control for Processes
Online short course studying dust prevention, capture and extraction methods. Registration is now open for our next short course in the series covering Materials Handling Technology. Half day online short course: Dust Control for Processes Join experts at the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology for this online short course on 14 June at 09:00 – 13:00 hrs. Course fee: £375 with discounts available for returning delegates and block bookings. Learn about: * Prevention of dust generation at source; * Containment and Suppression of dust; * Extraction and Collection of dust. The course will also cover the importance of characterisation of materials being handled and a bit on design methods to help reduce dust generation. So, if you are a plant designer, plant manager, safety and hygiene specialist or maintenance professional handling powders this course will help you to identify and assess risk within your processing system.
22.05.2023  |  980x  |  Product news  | 
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