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CE20226: Particle technology and solids handling

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX-OB 100%*
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Open Book Examination of more than 72 hours* (EX-OB 100%)

*Assessment updated due to Covid-19 disruptions
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To give students an introduction to the behavioiur of particulate and solid handling systems that relate to the production of industrial products and services.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:
* translate the flow of particulates and solids to modern process industries;
* calculate drag forces using standard correlations and determine particle trajectories;
* calculate terminal and equilibrium velocities for single particles and design and evaluate classifiers, elutriators and centrifuges;
* calculate sedimentation velocities for suspensions;
* calculate pressure drop in packed beds and describe the basic fluidisation phenomena;
* describe techniques for the storage and conveyance of particles and associated hazards;
* calculate filter performance for constant pressure and rate operation;
* describe the behaviour of fine particles and the electrical and surface effects that cause this behaviour

Analysis [T,F,A]
Problem solving [T,F,A]
Design [T,F,A].


* Formation and characterisation of dispersed phases;
* Crushing and grinding;
* Fluid mechanics applied to deformable and non-deformable dispersed phases;
* Settler thickener design: precipitation and coalescence;
* Centrifugation: disk; decanter; solid bowl types;
* Packed and fluidised beds;
* Filtration;
* Pneumatic and hydraulic conveying and other methods of transport for solids and slurries;
* Colloids and emulsions;
* Agglomeration and flocculation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE20226 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UECE-AKB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UECE-AFM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UECE-AKM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)