From bulk solids to the silo

Headed by Prof. Dr. Dietmar Schulze, the university course “From bulk solids to the silo – characterization and storage of powders and bulk solids” will take place in Brunswick already for the 8th time from 18 to 19 February 2013. The course will provide an insight into the flow behaviour of powders and bulk solids. On this basis, the practical design of silos, hoppers etc. will be explained to avoid undesirable problems during operation.

Almost all branches of industry deal with powders or bulk solids, from powder coating to food, from nanopowders and pharmaceutical substances to bulk materials, such as ­cement, coal and ore, as well as dry materials like filter ash and wet bulk solids, such as filter cake, loam and clay. All these materials have to be conveyed, stored, proportioned or otherwise  handled. The characterization of the flow behaviour plays an important role in this connection, amongst other things, within the framework of product development, for the support of customers and finally also for the handling of complaints. In particular during the discharge of powders and bulk solids from silos, feed hoppers, transfer containers etc., major problems may arise, e.g. troubles during flow, segregation, irregular flow (flushing). To avoid these problems, solutions have to be found taking into account the properties of the bulk solids. Accordingly, the course will deal with problems arising again and again during the development, manufacture, handling and storage of powders and bulk solids.

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