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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENGM212
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: CLEAVER JA Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Particulate laboratory exercises


Laboratory coursework


Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

Processing of Particulate Solids 
This section of the module introduces key unit operations associated with powders and gives detail on particle characterisation techniques and particle-fluid dynamics, and the application of these in process design.

This section of the module exposes the students to a series of in-depth experimental studies related to chemical and bio-chemical engineering.


Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE3.
Module Aims

Processing of Particulate Solids 
To introduce students to the broad range of particulate unit operations, and to convey the key concepts in particle characterisation and particle-fluid interactions.  From this platform the students will focus on solving advanced design and performance problems for a range of particulate processes.

The aims of the Chemical and Bio-Systems Engineering Laboratory programme are to provide students with:  



 ·         an advanced training in practical chemical engineering

·         the opportunity to underpin theoretical aspects of the degree programme,

·         the opportunity to refine formal report writing.

Learning Outcomes

Processing of Particulate Solids 
Upon successful completion of this section of the module, students should: 

·         Be aware of the main particulate unit operations, their general operating principles and explain their important design attributes.

·         Be able to explain and compare the main particle characterisation methods and be able to select appropriate methods for specific purposes.

·         Understand the hydrodynamic interactions between particles and fluids, and be able to assess quantitatively their magnitude for specific cases.

·         Be able to solve design and performance problems for a specific particulate processes. 


·         Be aware of the design and application of equipment used in a range of experimental measurements

·         Know that experimental investigations can be essential in developing detailed theoretical understanding

·         Be able to design and conduct a detailed investigation and report findings in two formats, one being to full professional depth

·         Understand how to critically analyse experimental data and how to conduct error analysis.

Module Content

Processing of Particulate Solids 
This section of the module will include an overview of particulate unit operations, bulk mechanical characterisation of powders, Flow and discharge of granular materials, Aerated flow of fine powders, Particle fluid interactions, Particle capture and sampling, Gas cleaning equipment, including cyclones, Particle size analysis – (theoretical and practical aspects) hopper design and fluidisation.

Students do3 experiments from a list which may include:




Drying kinetics

Granular flow (experiment and computer simulation)

Cooling Tower

Process Control

Recompression evaporator

Rheology (concentric cylinder) of complex fluids (including biofluids)

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Processing of Particulate Solids 
20 hrs of lectures, 10 hrs of tutorials,and 70 hrs of independent study.  Total student learning time 100 hours.

Lab manual/experimental instructions as issued.  Laboratory based experiment demonstrated by postgraduate or higher qualified staff.  Comments on marked reports etc.
Total student learning time 50 hours.



Selected Texts/Journals

There is no required reading material for this module.

Recommended background reading

Processing of Particulate Solids 
Rhodes MJ, Introduction to Particle Technology, Wiley, 1998.  (ISBN 04719 84833) 
Seville JPK, Tüzün U and Clift R, Processing of Particulate Solids, Blackie Academic & Professional, Kluwer Publishers, 1997.  (ISBN 07514 03768) 
Nedderman RM, Statics and Kinematics of Granular Materials, Cambridge University Press, 1992.  (ISBN 05214 04355)

Various, to be recommended separately for each investigation.




Last Updated

26 October 2009