Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

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



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and assimilate key information for the design of integrated bulk materials handling systems.

2. Apply specialist knowledge to an open ended design problem taken from real industrial scenarios.

3. Work with a range of information sources to find practical solutions to situations where a range of practical solutions are possible.

4. Apply fundamental concepts to the design of a dense phase pneumatic conveying system.

5. Apply fundamental concepts to the design of a major mechanical conveying system.

6. Demonstrate ability to write a high level professional Technical feasibility study.


  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. Characterisation and Classification of Bulk Solids in Pneumatic Conveying
  9. Pneumatic Conveying Characteristics, Calculation and Scale-up
  10. Pneumatic Conveying Case Studies
  11. New Technologies in Pneumatic Conveying
  12. Dust and Fume Extraction
  13. Belt Conveying
  14. Transfer Chute Design


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

Presentation: Presentation

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

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