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This course will present the most updated approach of the system design &operation of modern hydraulic transport systems for different types of slurries as well as applications of pneumatic conveying of solids. Learn how to select the right system for..

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
• select the most suitable system of hydraulic and pneumatic conveying of solids by applying the knowledge gained at the seminar
• use the proper method of sizing the fluid mover and piping system as learned at the seminar
• solve practical problems encountered in everyday operation of the system and choose the right methods of troubleshooting them
• apply updated information on how to reduce effects of corrosion, abrasion and excessive wear of the system equipment
• make your company products more profitable by increasing the reliability of transportation of solids needed in their manufacture

Description The transport of solids through pipes, both hydraulic and pneumatic, have progressed enormously in the last decades. In the civil and mining industry as well as in chemical and process industries, particulate solids dispersed in liquid or in compressed air are conveyed through the plant pipelines in the course of various technological processes. It is very important to understand the physical aspect of these transport processes as well as the details of the technical design of these systems and their efficient operation.

This course will present the most updated approach of the system design and operation of modern hydraulic transport systems for different types of slurries as well as applications of pneumatic conveying of solids. The course will also cover the important and practical aspects of these systems as they are applied in various branches of industry. The participants will learn how to select the right system for the material to be transported and to calculate the optimal size of main components of these systems.

The principles and criteria for selection of right elements will be discussed and explained on the basis of several examples from industrial applications. Important guidelines for maintenance and troubleshooting of these systems will also be presented. Workshops

As part of the course there are three workshops where participants work on hands-on example problems under instructor guidance. The examples illustrate the calculation methods used in everyday engineering practice and help broaden and solidify the knowledge gained during each day of the course


To provide a comprehensive understanding of fundamentals and techniques used in designing systems for hydraulic and pneumatic conveying of solids, their operation, maintenance and troubleshooting

Who Should Attend

The course will be of benefit to practicing engineers, technicians, technologists, sales people, project engineers, plant process engineers involved in the design of plant unit operations in various branches of industry:  chemical processing, petrochemical, plastics, food, pharmaceutical, mining, as well as power generation and environmental engineering.
It will also be useful for technical managers responsible for interdisciplinary engineering projects and those who are interested in analyzing cost-effectiveness.

Program Outline

Instructor: Mike Ivanovic, UBAMIP Consulting

Day 1

Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Method

Overview of Industrial Applications of Systems For  Fluid  Transport of Solids
• Characteristics of hydraulic transport systems
• Characteristics of pneumatic transport systems

Basic Flow Parameters of Slurries Transported in Hydraulic Systems
• Theory of flow mechanism
• Settling slurries (heterogeneous flow)
• Non-settling slurries (homogeneous flow – non-Newtonian flow)

Refreshments and Networking

Review of Main Elements of Slurry Preparation Equipment
• Technical and economic aspects of slurry preparation process
• Effect of preparation on flowability of solids

Selection and Sizing of Pumps for Hydraulic Transport System
• Pumps for various flow regimes and transport applications
• Pumps for difficult materials


Pipeline Design Considerations
• Selection of material and diameter
• Selection of valves

Detailed Calculation and Sizing of Pipes and Pipelines
• Pressure drop calculation for a given pipe layout based on maximum velocity
• Analysis of valves and other flow control elements
• Pipe oscillations – flow induced vibrations

Refreshments and Networking

Handling Difficult Slurries
• Abrasion, corrosion and wear of pipes
• Methods of wear reduction

After-Treatment of Transported Material
• Moisture content reduction through various technological processes (classification, screening, hydrocyclone, centrifugation, filtering, thickening)
• Methods of thermal drying

Workshop 1
• Worked examples, questions on hydraulic transport


Day II

Survey of Installation and Operating Issues for Trouble-Free Functioning of the System
•  Starting and stopping
•  Pipeline cleaning
•  Vibration reduction

Monitoring and Control of Operation
• Concentration measurements
• Velocity measurements

Refreshments and Networking

System Design and Economics
•  Elements contributing to optimum design with lowest overall cost
•  Environmental considerations

Survey and Discussion of Selected Projects from Industrial Application
• General concept
• Selection of main system component


Overview of Main Characteristics of Different Types of Pneumatic Conveying Systems
• Classification based on pressure and velocity
• Vacuum system, low, medium and high pressure systems
• Other types of classification

Main Criteria for Selecting and Design of the Efficient Pneumatic System
• Theory of flow mechanism
• Conveyability of the transported material
• Flowability of the material to be handled

Refreshments and Networking

Selection and Sizing of System Components
•  Blowers, compressors, fans
•  Feeders and receivers

Detailed Calculation and Sizing of Pipes and Piping Connections
• Pressure drop calculation for a given piping layout based on optimum flow
• Selection of  flow control elements

Workshop II
• Worked examples, questions on pneumatic conveying



Material – Gas Separation
• Selection and sizing of cyclones, filters and other components
• Settling chambers

Inspection and Testing the System
• Inspection after installation
• Cleaning out the system
• Testing the conveying performance

Refreshments and Networking

Plant Operations
• Receiving and unloading
• Starting up the system

Operational Problems and Trouble Shooting
• Particle degradation and bend erosion
• Material deposition in pipelines
• Static electricity and explosion risks


Optimizing and Upgrading the Existing Systems
• Analysis of blow tank cycles
• Effect of material type
• Capital costs and operating cots

Case Studies of Selected Projects from Industrial Applications
•  General concepts
•  Selection of main system components

Workshop III
• Questions on best practices of transport of solids

Refreshments and Networking

Review, Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants of Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment    

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Daily Schedule:
8:00   Registration and coffee (first day only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.8 CEU / 18 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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