Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids 2022

Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids 2022
Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Solids 2022

Course dates

Online: 9 – 13 May 2022

The course will run online over 5 sessions from 9am to 12pm each day. Each session needs to be attended to complete the course.

On campus: 24 – 25 May or 8 – 9 November 2022; 9am – 5pm

Practical workshop: 26 May or 10 November 2022 – open to delegates from the online course and attendees on campus

There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss operational issues with the presenter and other delegates.

Course Fee

Online: £675 per delegate.

On campus: £825 per delegate (this fee includes all refreshments and lunch through the day as well as an evening meal on the first night of the course)

Practical workshop: £435 per delegate

Discounts are available for group bookings and returning delegates.


Registration and payment onto the online course and practical session is available via the on-line shop.

To attend the course on campus, please register your interest

Once sufficient interest in the on-campus course is shown, the online booking system will be activated. Should insufficient interest be shown, delegates will be offered the option of attending the online course  instead.

Course overview

This intensive course was originally prepared at the request of the Department of Trade and Industry and first held in 1981. Since then hundreds of engineers from industry have attended. The course is regularly updated to reflect changes in industrial practice and new developments in pneumatic conveying technology.

During the course we’ll cover subjects including system components, design techniques, operation and control of blow tank systems, explosion hazards and operational problems. The course also deals with the important but often neglected area of interfacing storage bins with conveying systems.

You will learn:

  • Techniques for reducing product degradation during conveying
  • Ways to reduce maintenance, repair and unplanned stoppages to pneumatic conveying equipment
  • Methods of reducing energy consumption
  • How to troubleshoot problematic systems
  • How to eliminate blockages in pneumatic pipelines
  • Explosion Hazards including ATEX Directives
  • Operation and control of blow tanks
  • System selection and operation
  • Interfacing storage bins to conveying systems
  • Relevant case studies from industry


This course emphasises the practical aspects of technology. We’ll begin with a comprehensive introduction to give a basic understanding of the operation of pneumatic pipelines, before moving on to more detailed work.

We’ll use case studies throughout to illustrate the presentations, with plenty of discussion periods so that we can analyse any specific problems experienced by attendees.

For those delegates staying for the practical session, there will be demonstrations and discussions involving relevant equipment in our laboratories.

Subjects covered

  • Introduction to pneumatic conveying
  • Troubleshooting
  • Designing out potential problems
  • Practical examples
  • Dilute and dense phase conveying explained
  • Selecting the correct hardware for your application
  • Matching appropriate feeders to pneumatic systems
  • Dust control methodology
  • Practical design considerations
  • Elimination of explosion hazards
  • Positive and negative pressure systems

For those wanting a more in-depth look at Pneumatic Conveying System Design an advanced course has been designedSee here for details.

Is this for me?

If you are a plant designer, plant manager or work in maintenance, this course will improve your ability to deal with the design and troubleshooting of plants.
You’ll also benefit if you are from operational staff or senior management through a better understanding of what can go wrong and how to make your plant as efficient and trouble-free as possible. The course is ideal for those new to materials handling, those who require an update on the subject, or those who need a working knowledge of a wide variety of materials handling technologies.


The online course will be held via MS Teams.

The campus based course and workshop will take place at the University of Greenwich Medway campus in Kent ME4 4TB

Course Team

The course leader is Mike Bradley, Professor of Bulk and Particulate Technologies and Director of The Wolfson Centre. He has worked internationally on design and troubleshooting of bulk solids handling as a commercial consultant and research expert for over twenty years.

Also contributing will be Richard Farnish, Consultant Engineer, with nearly twenty years’ experience in commercial design work related to materials handling and Dr Baldeep Kaur, expert in the characterisation and transportation of bulk materials;

Please note that The Wolfson Centre reserves the right to substitute leaders of equal quality should this be dictated by circumstances beyond their control.

In-Company course

This course can be delivered as an In-Company course. These are proving to be a popular option for companies who have a number of personnel who would benefit from education in the subject area, for 3 main reasons:

  1. Cost: It is more economic for us to bring the course to you, than for you to send several staff out to us;
  2. Relevance: We can tailor the course programme to suit the operations you have in your plant, hence reducing the amount of material which is not directly relevant;
  3. Convenience: We can run the course when it suits you, even over several separate days rather than in a block if it is better for you.

8 nov 2022 - 10 nov 2022

University of Greenwich

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