Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Teaches students the fundamentals of particle processing technology and characterisation, including measurement of particle characteristics, particle packing, segregation and sampling, storage and transporting of particles. Students also learn the unit operations associated with particle processing which include comminution and grinding, flocculation, agglomeration and granulation, particle separations, and paste extrusion. Finally some advanced topics in particulate processing are covered, including surface chemistry interactions, adsorption and surfactants, colloidal suspensions emulsions and rheology of suspensions. These principles will be applied to a range of industrially important processes including, minerals processing, ceramics processing, paints, food processing, and pharmaceuticals by the use of examples and problem solving.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of particle technology.

2. Develop an understanding with the unit operations involving particulate processing.

3. Demonstrate a proficient use of mathematics and science skills in solving chemical engineering problems associated with particulate processes.

4. Apply the fundamental particle processing concepts and unit operations to a range of industrially important processes in the fields of mineral processing, ceramics, paints, food processing, and pharmaceuticals.

5. Apply mathematics and science basic principles in the solution of problems associated with mineral processing, ceramics, paints, food processing and pharmaceuticals.

6. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced particle processing topics.


  1. Particle and Surface Fundamentals:
  • Surface chemistry interactions, van der Waals, Electrical double layer, DLVO.
  • Adsorption and surfactants.
  • Colloidal suspensions.
  • Emulsions.
  • Particle characterisation, size and size distributions, surface area, zeta potential.
  • Particle packing, segregation and sampling.
  • Rheology of suspensions.
  • Storage of particles - Hoppers, bins, stockpiles.
  • Transport of particles - Pneumatic, slurry and belt conveying.
  • Comminution and grinding.
  • Flocculation.
  • Agglomeration and granulation.
  • Particle separation - sieving, cyclones.
  • Paste extrusion.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Quiz: Quiz

Formal Examination: Formal Examination