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The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB UK


Independent expertise and cost-effective solutions to industrial problems.

Our Mission: To help industry to get its powders and bulk materials to behave in the way they need them to!


Our Services:

We offer consultancy, research and education in all aspects of bulk materials handling, including, but not limited to,

  • Hopper and silo design; using your materials to design the right hopper for your plant.
  • Material characterisation; using various techniques for different requirements.
  • Pneumatic conveying; troubleshooting, testing materials.
  • Product quality; environmental and transport effects; segregation, degradation and caking.
  • Abrasion and wear; evaluating product abrasiveness and predicting plant life.
  • Dust prevention and control; on-site dust surveys, system design or modification
  • Storage and discharge; reliable discharge, storage equipment
  • Expert witness; provision of reports and analyses for court.

Our Clients:

Industries involved in the processing of powders, particulates and other bulk solids materials from across the spectrum including (but not limited to) food and drink, pharmaceuticals, minerals, renewable energy, chemicals, plastics, recycling, metals, household goods, paper, cosmetics, textiles and rubber.

Ranging from small local companies to international conglomerates.


Our industrial-scale pilot plant is available to test a processing step, or mock up a whole handling process or logistics chain, at full scale or near full scale. This can be used to find and solve the problems off-line, then when you transfer the same process or material to your own or your customers' plant, you can be confident it will work!


Our Experts have over one hundred man-years of experience in solving bulk materials handling problems. Along with a team of Researchers they concentrate on nothing else but the needs of Industry – and are at your disposal.


Our location in Chatham, Kent offers excellent transport links within the UK and the rest of Europe enabling us to provide a prompt and flexible response to site visit requests and client meetings.


Contact us for advice – don't pick up a hammer – pick up the phone. +44 (0) 20 8331 8646



Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes - bulk materials handling and safety issues at ports and at sea

21 - 25 September 2020: Design of Equipment for Storing and Handling Bulk Materials - looking at the designing of bulk handling schemes and constructing equipment for storing bulk materials 

20 - 22 October 2020: Overview of Particulate Handling Technology - introduction to the storing and handling of bulk materials, equipment selection and design methodologies for safe and reliable plant.

2 - 3 November 2020: Commissioning and Troubleshooting 'Hands-on' Pneumatic Conveying Systems - a look at the practical challenges of starting up systems on site and making sure they work as the designer intended

17 - 19 November 2020: Pneumatic Conveying of Bulk Materials - components of pneumatic conveying systems, system selection and design techniques

8 - 9 December 2020: Pneumatic Conveying System Design - in depth exploration of detailed calculations for design of pneumatic pipelines and specifying plant

10 December 2020: Rotary Valves: Design, Selection and Operational Issues - an exploration of the different valves and features available

2021: Powder Handling and Flow for Additive Manufacturing - a guide through the critical aspects of powder management for powder-based AM processing - This course will be run again in 2021. Please contact us to arrange an in-company version of the course.

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