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Bulk Materials Handling Fundamentals

Mastering Bulk Materials Handling: A Comprehensive Course on Fundamental Principles, Equipment Selection, and System Design for Efficient Material Handling in Challenging Environments

Bulk Material Handling Training

About the Course

This course provides participants with a thorough review of basic principles and practices for the selection of bulk material equipment and handling systems. 

The bulk material handling training course starts with an overview of essential considerations, including the important discussion of key material properties required for effective equipment/system selection and design. An emphasis is placed on mining and mineral materials, such as coal, iron ore, bauxite, and ores, that are routinely handled in Australia. A review of bulk material flow fundamentals will be presented, including common flow problems and types of flow patterns in storage equipment, including silos, bins, and stockpiles. Feeder selection is discussed, with an emphasis on applications involving high tonnage rates and abrasive bulk materials.

System selection criteria, such as site location, topography, environmental considerations, and fixed equipment vs mobile or semi-mobile requirements, are reviewed. Equipment sizing based on throughput needs, buffering and surge capacity, and material flow properties are also analysed. Equipment operational requirements for maintenance and strategies that can be utilised to avoid premature failure or reduced system performance are presented throughout the course. This field is often considered a “black art”; however, with the knowledge gained in this bulk material handling course, effective decisions can be made for selection of appropriate equipment for challenging bulk materials. The course notes are supplemented with many practical examples to illustrate important concepts.

Who Will Benefit

This bulk material handling training course is geared towards arming the participant with knowledge of the basics of equipment selection and operation in a high throughput environment.

  • Engineers who work/have an interest in bulk material handling
  • New and graduate engineers
  • Operating and maintenance personnel
  • Project and operations managers for bulk material handling projects
  • Non-technical people who work with/consult with the industry
  • Those who make investment decisions on bulk-handling systems

Key Learning Objectives

  • Review case studies for systems handling iron ore, coal, and other mining materials
  • Understand bulk material flow properties and their use in design and troubleshooting
  • Examine various bulk material feeders and discuss key selection criteria
  • Review bulk material handling systems needed for safe and environmentally sensitive areas
  • Learn about mining and mineral equipment for material processing, sizing, and conveying
  • Discuss options for bulk material stacking, reclaiming, ship/rail loading and unloading
  • Recognise common flow problems and how to prevent them from occurring
  • Learn about storage system discharge patterns in bins, hoppers, silos, and stockpiles
  • Examine system throughput requirements based on mass and volumetric flow rates

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Course Information

Instructional Delivery Method: In-Person and Live Digital
Prerequisite & Advanced Preparation: Reading material will be sent prior to the course
Course Level: Beginner/Intermediate


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Informa Connect Academy’s customised training solutions have helped organisations deliver tailored learning in different languages to suit every requirement.

Mechanical Engineer

Ausenco Ltd.

“Interesting course that does not go through details in-depth but gives us fundamentals of what we need. Knowledgeable presenter that places both emphasis on theory and practice. Good refresher course, well done!”