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Postgraduate Course: Particle Technology Fundamentals and Industrial Applications (MSc) (PGEE11163)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course focusses on recent advances in particle technology and its application in manufacturing and processing particulate products. It offers both fundamentals and industrial case studies. The lectures will draw from the state
of the art research and industrial practice. A computational module will also be taught mainly focusing on the discrete element method.
Course description 1. Introduction. Topics in PT, significance, history and state of the art, applications.
2. Particle level mechanics. Inter-particle forces and contact models
3. Continuum-level granular mechanics. Statics, stress and strain, failure models, stress analysis
4. Granular flow fundamentals. Inertial, quasi-static and intermediate flows, dry and wet flows.
5. Cohesive powders flow. Cohesivity, flow function, cohesion effects on flow behaviour.
6. Rheology of suspensions, pastes and foodstuff. Viscosity, flow curves and relations to dry granular rheology.
7. Granular flows in silos and hoppers. Flow pattern, discharge rate and stress distributions.
8. Industrial case study 1: chemicals sector
9. Industrial case study 2: pharmaceuticals sector
10. Modelling and simulation fundamentals. Discrete element method and its scaling up to continuum information.
11. Modelling and Simulation of industrial processes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 62 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 80%«br /»
Practical Exam: 0%«br /»
Coursework: 20%
Feedback The course is designed around continuous verbal feedback throughout the course. Specific feedback on short projects will be available during the critique sessions, allowing timely feedback ready. These meetings will provide verbal feedback and the students asked to take notes.

Peer feedback (in which another group reviews a design) is an integral part of some of the design tasks. Written feedback will be provided at the end of the long project, upon the sustainability research task and upon the individual reflection.

Start-Stop-continue feedback will be used within the course.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain knowledge of fundamental granular mechanics and rheology.
  2. Able to identify the key particle and rheological properties affecting a manufacturing process in different industries.
  3. Able to use analytical and computational methods to model and analyse particle processes in industry.
Reading List
Martin Rhodes. Introduction to Particle Technology. John Wiley & Sons, 2008
Various papers
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsparticle technology,granular mechanics,granular flow,granular rheology,discrete element method
Course organiserDr Jin Sun
Tel: (0131 6)51 9028
Course secretaryMiss Margaret Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5565
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