Fluid Bed Processing

Fluidised beds are widely used in industry due to their characteristic fluid like properties of good mixing and heat transfer. Applications of fluid beds range from combustion in power stations, catalytic reactors to the engineering of particles via methods such as low density agglomeration and encapsulation.

This new course focuses on the use of fluid beds in particle engineering area and covers:

  • the basic principles behind fluidisation
  • the importance of particle properties
  • the impact of bed design on the structure and optimal operation of fluid beds, both batch and continuous.

The course is grounded in practical experience gained across numerous industrial sectors by a range of speakers from academia, equipment manufacturers and end users. The scientific principles of fluid bed operation will be reinforced by a number of practical demonstrations which show the theory in practice.

Day 1. Fluidisation Basics:

Industry and academic experts will cover:

  • what causes powder beds to fluidise
  • what are the properties of the powders that make this more or less straightforward
  • what are the watch-outs in this technique
  • how can one engineer particles with different properties

These topics will be underlined with three different demonstrations.

Day 2. Industry Case Studies

Topics will include:

  • The importance of the bed design on how it operates
  • The  key operating parameters from starting up to steady state
  • Real-life case studies examples from a range of industries, covering what can go wrong and how to avoid it
  • Three further practical demonstrations will showcase these areas.

Day 3. New Developments and Innovations

On the final half day, examples will be provided of the latest developments in fluid bed applications from industry and academia. The course will end with a discussion and problem solving forum.

This course is suitable for you if you’re:

  • a R&D scientist working in industries such as pharmaceuticals, detergents, foods, agrochemicals or specialty chemicals and need a broad overview of the subject of fluid bed processing
  • a scientist or chemical engineer who would value a deeper understanding of how science can be applied to real fluid bed processing problems
  • a process technologist, plant manager, involved in R&D or a process technician who needs a thorough practical grounding in the subject of fluid bed processing and how it can influence the properties of the final product
  • a university researcher who requires a deeper insight into real industrial problems, unmet needs and potential new research themes.

Full Price: £TBC

Early Bird booking by date: TBC

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches
  • light refreshments
  • course dinner 

Faculty of Engineering
University of Leeds
Leeds, LS2 9JT

You are responsible for your own accommodation, if required. A list of hotels close to the University will be sent with your course joining instructions.

0113 343 8104

CPD, Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering
School of Chemical and Process Engineering
Room 3.11
University of Leeds