Bulk Materials Handling and Transportation

10 Units

The basic concepts related to bulk solids and their relative equipment design are presented based on the problems from industry. Also, the emphasis is placed on the decision making for designing or selecting suitable, reliable and economical equipment. Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate Engineering Science and Master of Engineering Science will undertake this as a short course

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

The objective of this course is to provide the basic concepts of bulk materials properties, handling and transport system design. The emphasis is placed on developing engineering management problem solving skills. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

A: characterize bulk solids B: design storage bins and feeders C: determine the bin wall and feeder loads D: measure the material level, feeding rate, loads, etc E: design full-scale pneumatic conveying systems F: design a dust suppression system for an industrial need G: be aware of other conveying systems

  1. Overview of Bulk Materials Handling
  2. Flow Properties of Bulk Solids
  3. Design of Mass Flow Bins
  4. Flow Rates of Coarse Bulk Solids
  5. Design of Funnel Flow and Expanded Flow Bins
  6. Bin Wall Loads
  7. Feeders and Discharges, Feeder Loads
  8. Overview of Pneumatic Conveying
  9. Characterization and Classification of Bulk Solids in Pneumatic Conveying
  10. Pneumatic Conveying Characteristics, Calculation and Scale-up
  11. Pneumatic Conveying Case Studies
  12. New Technologies in Pneumatic Conveying
  13. Dust and Fume Extraction
Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge N/A
Modes of Delivery External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Laboratory Exercises - Laboratory Reports
  • Projects - Mini Project * Note, any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in week 1.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for MECH6250

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