The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course examines the basic properties of bulk solids and particulates in an industrial context. Relevant problems from industry are used to explore current approaches to the design of bulk solids handling and processing equipment.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Construct flow property graphs from lab test data

2. Interpret flow property data to complete conceptual design of mass flow, funnel flow and expanded flow bins

3. Determine stress distribution within a particulate system in symmetrical silos and bins

4. Compute feeder and gate loads for defined cases

5. Undertake conceptual design of dilute phase pneumatic conveying systems

6. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of integrated materials handling system


1. Flow property determination of bulk materials

2. Bulk material testing and characterisation techniques

3. Introduction to gravity flow of bulk solids

4. Basic concepts in mass, funnel and expanded flow bin design

5. Segregation and blending of particles

6. Single phase flow theory for use in pneumatic conveying

7. Basic concepts in pneumatic conveying


If you have completed MECH3130 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

MECH2420 Engineering Mechanics and MECH2110 Mechanical Engineering Design 1

Assessment items

Report: Assignment 1

Report: Assignment 2

Report: Assignment 3

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

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