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Short Courses for Industry; April 2013

Category Powder Handling       Hits: 2877
By The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology at the University of Greenwich

The Short Courses for Industry are designed to equip delegates with the means to identify and overcome difficulties that may arise, thus saving time and increasing productivity.

16th April: Electrostatics in Powder Handling: Identify the causes and effect of electrostatic charge

Electrostatic charges generated during industrial powder handling processes may give rise to unwanted particle cohesion or adhesion, which in turn results in difficulties such as particle agglomeration, segregation, material build-up on equipment and ignition of explosion, etc.  Its impact is felt in terms of lower production yields and increased process downtime, or high risks to safety in manufacture.

The course discusses the causes and effect of electrostatic charge in bulk solids handling, and the hazards caused to product quality control and risk assessment.

Topics include:

o   Influences of electrostatic charge on physical properties of powders
o   Charge hazards in material handling processes
o   Evaluation and measurement techniques
o   Prediction and solutions

17th April: Dust Explosions: How to demonstrate DSEAR/ATEX Compliance

This course gives an introduction to the subject and the simple measures that can be taken to reduce the hazard of a dust explosion. It includes a brief overview of current legislation and the safety precautions required to demonstrate compliance and provide a safe working environment for employees.

Course content

o   UK dust explosion statistics
o   What is an explosion?
o   Standard explosion tests
o   Generic vs actual test data
o   Hazardous area zoning – 20, 21 & 22
o   Fundamentals of DSEAR risk assessment
o   Explosion prevention methods
o   Explosion protection methods

Both of the above courses are designed to be of interest to anyone within the powder and bulk materials handling industry including plant operatives, factory managers, maintenance personnel, health and safety representatives and machinery manufacturers.

Course fees are £445 per delegate for a single day, or £695 to attend both courses. Group discounts are also available.

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