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Latest update: 15.03.2022
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
Contact
+44 20 8331 8646
Ms. Caroline Chapman
Centre Support Manager
+44 20 8331 8646
Mr. Richard Farnish
Technical Director
+442083318646
Mr. Mike Bradley
Director
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

On line Short Course Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials
The drawing up of specifications and correct design of hoppers, silos, bunkers and other large-scale bulk storage schemes is of fundamental importance for the optimal operation of plant. This short course has been developed with specification writers and equipment designers/suppliers in mind. Topics covered include: * Minimising project risk through characterisation of bulk materials; * How to characterise bulk materials using firmly established methods and the latest test equipment; * How to use shear cell measurements to design for reliable discharge; * Detail design for storage equipment; * Best Practice for bulk handling plant design and operation; * When should discharge aids be applied and appropriate types; * Methods for correct interfacing. Delivered online over 5 x 3 hours sessions.
26.09.2022 | On line Short Course | 5 days | on line delivery | Entry: paid
Course Overview of Particulate Handling Technology
Overview: This is an intensive 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. Subjects covered: * Sampling * Characterisation of Bulk Solids * Storage Equipment * Discharge Aids * Product Feeders * Segregation of Bulk Materials * Degradation of Bulk Materials * Pneumatic Conveying * Caking of Bulk Materials * Dust Control Course fee: £675 online / £825 on campus The course is offered in 2 options. Delegates attending either option are also offered the chance to participate in the optional practical workshop where equipment and processes discussed during the course will be demonstrated.
10.10.2022 | Course | 5 days | on-line | Entry: paid
Course Rotary Valves: Design, Selection and Operational Issues
Rotary valves are widely used to feed pneumatic conveying pipelines, and for feed metering, explosion isolation, atmospheric isolation etc. However there are a multitude of combinations of different feature options available covering choice of materials of construction, rotor type, drive type, venting arrangements, bearing pattern, seal choice, clearances, cleaning features etc. Faced with this bewildering choice, how does an engineer decide what to specify? This course will help understand the reasons for the different options and how to choose them. Topics will include: * Application areas for rotary valves, and their different demands (feeding, explosion protection, isolation etc) * Basics of rotary valve performance – air leakage, feed rate etc * Materials of construction linked to issues of wear and build-up * Seals and bearings, options, functions and selection * Special consideration for explosion isolation * ATEX requirements and responsibilities * Features for cleaning and preventing contamination * Venting – needs, options and ensuring success * Review of practical application issues The course is aimed at engineers, system designers, maintenance personnel who have responsibility for sourcing, specifying and keeping operational rotary valves in all industries. Course fees are £520 per person
24.11.2022 | Course | 1 day | Chatham Maritime, Kent, UK | Entry: paid

Articles

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  |  467x  | 

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Free Webinars for Bulk Materials Handling Industries Each month we aim to provide insight into a different bulk materials handling topic.  Each webinar will last for 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.
Free Webinars for Bulk Materials Handling Industries
Each month we aim to provide insight into a different bulk materials handling topic. Each webinar will last for 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. 30 September:*NEWLINE*Is it possible to predict segregation in large scale industrial silos? Presenter: Dr Susantha (Jeff) Dissanayake Predicting segregation is important for reducing sudden fines spikes during discharge from silos. Jeff, in conjunction with experts at The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solid Handling Technology, has recently developed Cellular Automata (CA) based modelling to predict segregation in industrial hoppers and silos. Initial results have shown promising outcomes. This session will discuss this technique and the research conducted in Industry. 28 October:*NEWLINE* Prediction of Bulk Flow Properties using Mechanical Surface Energy Tester Presenter: Dr Vivek Garg Measuring forces between particles and surfaces in cohesive powders The webinar will focus on elucidating a unique test technique for measuring forces between particles and surfaces using cohesive powders in a mechanical surface energy tester developed by Vivek in conjunction
26.07.2022  |  220x  |  Product news  | 
Powder Handling and Flow for Additive Manufacturing online short course.......coming up
Powder Handling and Flow for Additive Manufacturing
online short course.......coming up Once again the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology joins forces with some of the leading experts in the Additive Manufacturing industry to help guide delegates through the potential problems encountered when handling powders as part of the AM process. Presentations from Fraunhofer IFAM Institute in Bremen and Carpenter Additive will be delivered alongside contributions from the University of Greenwich and Wolfson Centre. New for this year, in addition to covering the standard topics of recycling and quality issues, contamination, oxidisation, powder handling and key safety considerations, Dr Hamid Salehi from the University of Greenwich will be presenting his findings on the Latest Techniques in Spreadability Testing and Layer Quality Control. Delegates will learn about * The new technique and instrument developed to quantify the behaviour of a powder when spreading for Additive Manufacturing; * A new shadowgraphy technique incorporated,
06.06.2022  |  621x  |  Product news  | 
Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Materials A general short course covering some of the most common issues met by process engineers when handling bulk materials including material build-up in hoppers and unreliable discharge of the contents.
Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Materials
A general short course covering some of the most common issues met by process engineers when handling bulk materials including material build-up in hoppers and unreliable discharge of the contents. Taking place in April you will learn about * Basics of hopper and silo design and function * Dealing with potential problems * Discharge aids and interfacing to feeders These courses are being offered in two formats: * Online: delivered over 5 morning sessions, 4 – 8 April * Face to face: If you prefer to attend in person, you can now do so for a two day course at our premises in Chatham, Kent. 26 – 27 April The course content is the same on either course. Attendees on either course are also invited to join the Practical Workshop on 28 April, where some of the theory aspects are demonstrated in our on-site laboratories. Who should attend? All courses are written with the engineer in mind. They are recommended for operators who handle bulk materials daily, for maintenance, Health & Safety officers, plant or equipment designers and manufacturers, or management of such staff. Anyone who handles any form of bulk material could benefit from attending.
17.03.2022  |  431x  |  Product news  | 
Online short course: Biomass Operations and Handling Technology This course is relevant to at anyone working in the engineering/energy sector who handles or is responsible for the safe transportation of biomass materials.
Online short course: Biomass Operations and Handling Technology
This course is relevant to at anyone working in the engineering/energy sector who handles or is responsible for the safe transportation of biomass materials. The issues surrounding the safe handling and storage of different biomass materials are examined during this on-line short course. We invite you to attend: 21 - 25 February: Biomass Operations and Handling Technology Subjects areas covered include: * Material types, flow properties and handling equipment requirements; * Self-heating, fire, explosion and safety; * Dust and degradation, pneumatic conveying and wear; * Explosion protection and ATEX regulations; * Engineering of equipment for storage and discharge; * Ship unloading; * Dust control and management; Who should attend? This course is relevant to at anyone working in the engineering/energy sector who handles or is responsible for the safe transportation of biomass materials. This might include operations supervisors and their operatives, process plant managers, bulk materials handling equipment suppliers, design consultants, maintenance personnel, managers and procurement executives,
31.01.2022  |  520x  |  Product news  | 
Caking and Lump Formation of Powders and Bulk Solids Online short course for the powder and particulate industry at The Wolfson Centre For Bulk Solids Handling Technology.
Caking and Lump Formation of Powders and Bulk Solids
Online short course for the powder and particulate industry at The Wolfson Centre For Bulk Solids Handling Technology. 1 - 2 February 2022; 14:00 - 17:00 hrs each day (UK time) This course is designed to deal with issues relating to keeping powders and granules in a free-flowing, lump-free condition. You will learn about: * 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; 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. Delegates are also invited to take part in a Practical Workshop on 16 February at the Wolfson
19.01.2022  |  545x  |  Product news  | 
Short course: Understanding Bulk Behaviour Insight into characterisation of powders and a overview of methods for determining bulk behaviour of particulate materials.
Short course: Understanding Bulk Behaviour
Insight into characterisation of powders and a overview of methods for determining bulk behaviour of particulate materials. 25 - 26 January; 14:00 - 17:00 hrs UK time; online learning. This short online course provides an overview of methods for determining bulk behaviour of particulate materials. The range of measurement techniques covered by the presenters will introduce relevance to real-world industrial scenarios and describe how the particular technique works and where it would be most useful. You will learn about a chosen selection of the following topics: Topics * Particle size measurement techniques * Particle Density (solid and bulk) * Flow property measurements * Moisture uptake * Propensity for Segregation/de-blending * Degradation/friability of bulk through handling systems * Caking/agglomeration of bulk materials in storage * Explosability * Pneumatic conveying properties * Dustiness testing New for 2022 - we are offering delegates the opportunity to take part in a practical workshop to see demonstrations of equipment discussed during the course. This takes
07.01.2022  |  708x  |  Product news  | 
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