Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Solids

Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Solids

Hoppers, silos, bins and bunkers are widely used in industry for storing bulk solids materials. However, these facilities can experience operational problems – often because facilities have been designed without knowledge of the flow characteristics of the material to be stored. This intensive course has been specifically designed to help solve problems like these.

This short course covers:

  • Basics of hopper and silo design and function
  • Dealing with potential problems
  • Discharge aids and interfacing to feeders

Subjects covered

We’ll cover the basics in operation, design and specification including an introduction to the storage and flow of bulk solid materials in hoppers, silos, bins and bunkers, feeders and feeding, hopper discharge aids and the prediction of discharge rates.

We will also look closely at ways to determine the correct design for reliable discharge, including determining flow properties of bulk solids, hopper geometry and practical design considerations.

For those wanting a more in-depth look at the Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials, an advanced course has been designed.


With an emphasis on practical aspects of technology, we’ll begin with a comprehensive introduction to give a basic understanding of the operation of hoppers and silos, 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.

Course dates

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

  • Online: 4 – 8 April 2022
  • On campus: 26 – 27 April 2022; 9am – 5pm
  • Practical workshop: 28 April 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.

4 apr 2022 - 8 apr 2022

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