K State's Processing & Handling of Bulk Solids Class Coming in May

An advanced pneumatic conveying course is also on the agenda.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

April 16, 2024

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Kansas State University is holding a two-day course on May 21-22, 2024, at its Olathe campus.

The course, Processing and Handling of Bulk Solid Materials, is for engineers, technicians, maintenance, and operations personnel who work with these processes, as well as sales and management personnel who work for companies using or selling this type of equipment or systems.

Processing and handling of powders and other bulk solid materials is widespread, but proper operation and system design are a challenge. Learning is difficult partly because there are so many variations and partly because no one teaches it in college. Accordingly, this course is intended to provide a basic understanding about the various bulk solid processes and handling methods.

During the course, attendees will learn material properties and how they affect equipment and system design. Then the major processes will be described. Photos and models of equipment for the major processes are reviewed and advantages and disadvantages of the major options are discussed. This practical course includes a lot of suggestions about how to improve your process and a lot of do’s and don’ts for various applications.

Topics include:

  • Gravity flow and storage

  • Bin and hopper design

  • Mass flow and funnel flow

  • Segregation concerns.

  • Flow aid devices

  • Size reduction / grinders / mills

  • Particle enlargement / agglomeration / granulation

  • Sifters and screeners

  • Level and inventory measurement of solids

  • Mixers and mixing

  • Pneumatic conveying: dilute phase and dense phase

  • Mechanical conveying: screw conveyors, belts, bucket elevators, flexible screws, tubular drag conveyors, vibratory conveyors, drag conveyors

  • Dust collection and particulate air filtration

  • Dust explosion hazard and mitigation

  • Valves: rotary airlocks, slide gates, butterfly valves

  • Weighing and dosing, volumetric and gravimetric feeding devices

  • Receiving materials in bags, drums, bulk bags, trucks and railcars

  • Sampling and particle characterization

For more info on this course, as well as the April 23-25 course on Advanced Pneumatic Conveying, visit K State here.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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