Mechanics of Bulk Solids and Particulates


Basic properties of bulk solids and particulates and basic concepts used to design bulk solids handling and processing equipment are presented based on the problems from industry.



  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Characterise particulates.

2. Measure bulk solids properties at different conditions.

3. Determine particulate packing.

4. Determine stress distribution within particulate system.

5. Understand basic concepts for mass, funnel and expanded flow bin design.

6. Understand basic concepts of pneumatic conveying.


The following topics are studied in the course:

  1. Basic properties of particulates
  2. Property variation of bulk solids
  3. Introduction to gravity flow in hopper
  4. Basic concepts in mass, funnel and expanded flow bin design
  5. Segregation and blending of particles
  6. Single phase flow
  7. Basic concepts in pneumatic conveying

Assumed Knowledge

MECH2420 Engineering Mechanics; MECH2110 Mechanical Engineering Design 1.

Assessment Items

Report: Assignment 1

Report: Assignment 2

Report: Assignment 3

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 3 hour lecture per week