Particle Technology
The Science of Powder Handling and Processing

Monash University
Chemical Engineering

10 - 12 April 2002

PARTICLE TECHNOLOGY
Particulate materials, powders or bulk solids are used widely in all areas of the process industries; for example in the food processing, pharmaceutical, chemical, mineral processing, metallurgical, detergent and cosmetics industries. The importance of a knowledge of the science of particulate materials (often called particle or powder technology) to these industries cannot be over-emphasised. 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 minimise these processing problems, resulting in less downtime, improvements in quality control and environmental emissions and giving companies a competitive edge.

Success in the handling and processing of particulate materials is based on science and not art. It is important for companies using and producing particulates to have in-house expertise in this science.

THE COURSE
The course will be delivered by experts, with many years experience in the field. Participants will appreciate the practical way in which particle technology principles are put across in a relaxed atmosphere. The programme, though intensive, provides time for participants and lecturers to meet and interact.

Aim of the Course:
To provide participants with a broad understanding of the fundamentals of particle technology with an emphasis on basic concepts and practical problems.

For whom intended:
For those who have recently become involved in the handling and processing of particles and powders. For those who experience problems in handling and processing of particles and powders. These may include chemists, physicists, pharmacists mechanical and chemical engineers in the pharmaceutical, food processing, chemical, oil, mineral processing, metallurgical, detergent, cosmetics and related industries.

COURSE LECTURERS
The course will be given by specialist lecturers who are all actively engaged in areas of particle technology and who are familiar with the needs of industry.

Peter Arnold, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wollongong and specialising in storage and transport of bulk solids.

Chris Bloore, Consultant to the dairy industry; specialising in milk powder plant commissioning and debottlenecking and fire and explosion hazards of fine powders.

Mike Griffiths, Managing Director of Particle and Surface Sciences Pty. Ltd., specialising in particle characterisation.

Mark Jones, Director of the Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies at the University of Newcastle and has been actively involved in pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling for many years.

Jim Litster, Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland; specialising in granulation and agglomeration, vapour phase synthesis of particles, modelling smelting processes and mineral processing.

Martin Rhodes, Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, President of the Australasian Particle Technology Society and specialising in gas fluidization and particle technology education.

Peter Stewart, Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics at Monash University and specialising in interactive mixing of particles and its application to the design of oral and respiratory delivery systems.

Course director is Martin Rhodes


PROGRAMME

Wednesday, 10th April
Course begins: 8.30am
Introduction and Welcome
Mixing and segregation of powders
Sampling of powders
Characterisation of particles and powders

Reception

Thursday, 11th April
Storage and Flow (hopper design)
Feeding and Metering of Powders
Pneumatic conveying
Gas-particle separation (filters etc.)

Course Dinner

Friday, 12th April
Fluidization
Fire and Explosion hazards
Size enlargement (granulation etc.)

Course evaluation

The course will end before 4.30pm on the last day.

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
A reduced course fee is available to a limited number of postgraduate research students. Please contact Martin Rhodes for details.

ENQUIRIES
All enquiries regarding this course to Martin Rhodes at Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, P.O. Box 36, VIC 3800, Australia

Fax: (03)-9905-5686 (++61-3-9905-5686)
Tel: (03)-9905-3445 (++61-3-9905-3445)
Email: rhodes@eng.monash.edu.au


VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION
The course will be held at the Hotel Ibis Conference Centre in central Melbourne, Victoria. Participants are requested to reserve their own accommodation. The Hotel Ibis has reserved a limited number of rooms for participants for a short period, so early reservation is advised.

Please quote the course name “Particle Technology” in order to take advantage of the special accommodation rate negotiated by the organiser for participants on the course.

The Hotel Ibis
15 - 21 Therry Street
Melbourne 3000
Victoria
Australia

Tel: (03)-9639-2399 (Int+61-3-9639-2399)
Fax: (03)-9639-1988 (Int+61-3- 9639-1988)

Convenient and central, the Hotel Ibis is five minutes walk from the CBD and a 30 minute taxi ride away (19km via the Tullamarine Freeway) from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, which is serviced by regular interstate and international flights. The Melbourne Coach terminal is adjacent to the hotel. The hotel is close to amenities and attractions such as the Victoria Markets, Daimaru department store, Bourke Street Mall, Chinatown and the restaurants of Lygon Street.

Particle Technology: 10 - 12 April 2002
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The course fee $1650 (AUD) [including GST] is inclusive of tuition, course notes, lunches, coffees/teas and a course dinner. Places are limited and so early registration is advised. The registration form should be completed and returned (by post or fax) as soon as possible to:

Prof. Martin Rhodes
Department of Chemical Engineering
Monash University, P.O. Box 36, VIC 3800
Australia

Fax: (03)-9905-5686 (Int+61-3-9905-5686)
Tel: (03)-9905-3445 (Int+61-3-9905-3445)
Email: rhodes@eng.monash.edu.au

CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATIONS
A written cancellation received at least three weeks before the start of the course will be subject to a FULL REFUND. No refunds will be made for cancellations after this date or for non-attendance, but copies of all course materials will be issued. Substitutions may be made at any time.

Professor Martin Rhodes, Department of Chemical Engineering
Monash University, P.O. Box 36, VIC 3800, Australia

Ph: ++61-3-9905-3445
Fax: ++61-3-9905-5686
http://www.eng.monash.edu.au/chemeng/asmr.html
Particle Technology Site: http://www-personal.monash.edu.au/~rhodes/
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World Congress in Particle Technology: 21 - 25 July 2002, Sydney.
http://www.wcpt4.com
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Short Course in:
Particle Technology - The Science of Powder Handling and Processing
10 - 12 April 2002, Melbourne
For course brochure and registration form:
http://www-personal.monash.edu.au/~rhodes/