Particle Processing

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Particle Processing

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Chemical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    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.
    1. To develop an understanding of the fundamentals of particle technology.
    2. To become familiar with the unit operations involving particulate processing.
    3. To develop a proficient use of mathematics and science skills in solving chemical engineering problems associated with particulate processes.
    4. To 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. To apply mathematics and science basic principles in the solution of problems associated with mineral processing, ceramics, paints, food processing and pharmaceuticals.
    6. To become familiar with advanced particle processing topics.
    Particle and Surface Fundamentals:
    Surface chemistry interactions, van der Waals, Electrical double layer, DLVO.
    Adsorption and surfactants.
    Colloidal suspensions.
    Particle characterisation, size and size distributions, surface area, zeta potential.
    Particle packing, segregation and sampling.
    Rheology of suspensions.
    Advanced Processing Fundamentals:
    Storage of particles - Hoppers, bins, stockpiles.
    Transport of particles - Pneumatic, slurry and belt conveying.
    Comminution and grinding.
    Agglomeration and granulation.
    Particle separation - sieving, cyclones.
    Paste extrusion.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.