Bulk Materials Handling and Transportation

Course code MECH6250Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

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

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe 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
Content1. 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
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Laboratory ExercisesLaboratory Reports
ProjectsMini Project
* Note, any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in week 1.
Contact HoursLecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MECH6250