Mechanics of Bulk Solids and Particulates

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanics of Bulk Solids and Particulates

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MECH2420 Engineering Mechanics; MECH2110 Mechanical Engineering Design 1.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Basic properties of bulk solids and particulates and basic concepts used to design bulk solids handling and processing equipment are presented based on the problems from industry.
    1. Characterise particulates.
    2. Measure bulk solids properties at different conditions.
    3. Determine particulate packing.
    4. Determine stress distribution within particulate system.
    5. Understand basic concepts for mass, funnel and expanded flow bin design.
    6. Understand basic concepts of pneumatic conveying.
    7. Be aware of other conveying systems.
    The following topics are studied in the course:
    Basic properties of particulates
    Property variation of bulk solids
    Introduction to gravity flow in hopper
    Basic concepts in mass, funnel and expanded flow bin design
    Segregation and blending of particles
    Single phase flow
    Basic concepts in pneumatic conveying

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