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Faculty of Engineering

Industrial Powder Mixing
Tuesday 23 - Wednesday 24 September 2014


Course details

This practical course on powder mixing has been a resounding success with participants since its launch in 2004. Now an established feature in the Centre’s annual programme of events, we are pleased to offer the course again.

Emphasis throughout is on the industrial application of basic principles. Extensive interactive notes will be provided to participants and demonstrations, case studies and theory will be introduced wherever relevant. Powder flow and its significance in selecting the most appropriate mixers will be discussed.
Quality assurance, powder sampling techniques, a practical discussion of the statistics of mixing and the value of statistics at the formulation stage will be covered. The handling, packaging and marketing of powder products will also be discussed.

As well as offering the opportunity to discuss specific problems during the course, the afternoon of Day 2 is offered as an optional powder mixing clinic, or an opportunity to visit the characterisation facilities of the ParticlesCIC at the University of Leeds.

Course Director

Norman Harnby is a member of the School of Engineering at the University of Bradford and a Visiting Professor at both the University of Leeds and Iowa State University. He has been active in powder mixing research for over forty years and in that time has been an active industrial consultant throughout Europe, China, South Africa and the Americas.


Who should attend

The course is relevant to those concerned with quality assurance and improvement of existing processes and to those developing new product formulations and processes. It is of particular interest to practitioners in the food, pharmaceutical, pigments, detergents, cosmetics, nuclear, plastics and general chemicals industries.

On completion of the course you will have an understanding of:
• The relevance of powder flow to the mixing process
• The concepts of free-flowing, cohesive, segregating, structured and coated powder systems
• How to practically and theoretically assess the quality of a powder mixture
• How to specify equipment fit for purpose.


The course venue will be the School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, the Houldsworth Building of the University of Leeds. The University campus is ten minutes by foot from Leeds city centre. Limited car parking is available on the University campus at an approximate cost of £5.00 per day.

How to Book

Booking for this course should be completed through our secure online store (see link in the left hand column). You will receive an automatic confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking.

For any online booking queries or further information please contact:
CPD, Conference & Events Co-ordinator
CPD, Conference & Events Unit
Engineering Research & Innovation Service
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Civil Engineering, Room 209,
University of Leeds, LEEDS, LS2 9JT, UK.
T: + 44 (0)113 343 2494
F: + 44 (0)113 343 2511