Powder Characterisation: Chemical, Physical and Mechanical Properties

What will I learn?
This short course will outline the principles and methods for characterising the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of powders at length scales ranging from molecular level to single particles and to bulk levels. Sample preparation and the state-of-the-art techniques for particle characterisation will be detailed.

How will I benefit?
The course is delivered by over 10 presenters with internationally-leading expertise in their own speciality fields. The outcome of the course should enable you to choose what and how to characterise the powder and suspension properties, and to diagnose particular process and product issues of interest.

Day 1: Characterisation of Physical Properties of Particles 

Sampling and sample preparation for particle characterisation
•Origins of problems in particle property analysis
•Sampling from particulate systems
•Sample preparation

Particle size analysis 
•Principles of size analysis
•State-of-the-art instruments for particle sizing

Particle shape and structure characterisation 
•Shape and shape description
•Surface morphology and structure
•Application to density determination

Suspension rheology 
•Introduction to the principles of suspension rheology
•Particle structuring in suspensions
•Measurement of suspension rheology

Bulk flow of powders 
•Cohesive and free-flowing powders
•Segregation and structure
•Application of characteristics to process design

Course Dinner – Leeds 

Day 2: Characterisation of Mechanical Properties of Particles 

Mechanical properties of powders
•Introduction to mechanical properties of powder
•Characterisation of deformation and breakage of particles
•Characterisation by nano-indentation
•Particle breakage under brittle and semi-brittle failure modes
•Impact and side crushing of single particles
•Bulk compression and crushing

Bulk characterisation of powders
•Shear cells and powder rheometry
•Frictional properties
•Consolidation and unconfined yield stress

Electrostatics in powder systems
•Fundamentals of tribo-electrification of powders
•Measurements of tribo-electrification of powders
•Industrial applications of electrostatics in powder systems

Instrument demonstrations

Day 3: Characterisation of Chemical Properties of Particles 

•Measurement techniques
•State-of-art in the field

Solubility and dissolution of particles

Tabletting and compaction of powders
•Fundamentals of tabletting and compaction of powders
•Industrial use of tabletting and compaction

Determination of Powder Surface Energy and Surface Chemistry
•Applications to powders

The 2018 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2017 course details for further information by clicking the course leaflet and course programme link.

This course is for you if you’re a scientist, engineer or technologist who wants to gain a better understanding of powders characteristics so that you can address powder handling, processing and manufacturing issues from a fundamental base.

"Ideal for anyone who is looking for a broad overview of the current best approaches to powder characterisation and a deeper dive into powder mechanics fundamentals" Procter & Gamble

"Interesting & enjoyable" Smith and Nephew

"A fairly in depth introduction to the 'big world of powders'" Unilever Research

£TBC for full course or £TBC for any one day

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches
  • light refreshments
  • course dinner (Tuesday evening)

Discounted fees apply to postgraduate students.

School of Chemical and Process Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
University of Leeds

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

+ 44 (0)113 343 2494/5746

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