The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Characterise bulk solids

2. Design storage bins and feeders

3. Determine the bin wall and feeder loads

4. Measure the material level, feeding rate, loads, etc

5. Design full-scale pneumatic conveying systems

6. Design a dust suppression system for an industrial need

7. 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. Characterisation 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

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment #1 Dense Phase Pneumatic Conveying Design

Written Assignment: Assignment #2 Belt Conveyor Design

Written Assignment: Assignment #3 Transfer Chute Design

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks

See Blackboard for starting week.


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

2 hours per week in the weeks that the Computer Lab is running