The importance of knowledge of the science of particulate materials (often called particle or powder technology) to the process industries cannot be over-emphasized. Very often, difficulties in the handling or processing powders are ignored or overlooked at the design stage, with the result that powder-related problems are the cause of an inordinate number of production stoppages. However, it has been demonstrated that the application of even a basic understanding of the ways in which powders behave can minimize these processing problems, resulting in less downtime, improvements in quality control and environmental emissions.
This online course is intended as an introduction to particle technology. The topics included have been selected to give coverage of the broad areas of particle technology: particle size analysis packed and fluidized beds, storage and transport (hopper design, pneumatic conveying, standpipes, slurry flow), separation (filtration and gas cyclones), safety (fire and explosion hazards, health hazards). For each of the topics studied, the fundamental science involved is introduced and this is linked, where possible, to industrial practice.
Martin Rhodes holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a PhD in particle technology from Bradford University in the UK, industrial experience in chemical and combustion engineering and many years experience as an academic at Bradford and Monash Universities. He has research interests in various aspects of gas fluidization and particle technology, areas in which he has many refereed publications in journals and international conference proceedings. Martin has served on the editorial boards of Powder Technology and KONA and on the advisory board of Advanced Powder Technology....
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