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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)W L Cheng / R Smith (Clayton); San Hein (Sunway)


This unit provides a thorough introduction to particle technology. The unit begins with understanding particle characterisation, the fluid mechanics of single and multi-particle systems and particulate fluidization. The physics underlying powder flow will be covered to enable introductory hopper design. Common powder processing operations will be studied, selected from powder mixing/segregation, sedimentation, dewatering and size enlargement.


After completing this unit, the student will be able to understand particle characterisation techniques and how the motion and fluid mechanics of a single particle and multi-particle assemblies are affected by particle properties. The student will be able to select a suitable particle characterisation method; manipulate particle size distribution data; model particle flow in fluids and fluidized beds; and be able to use particle properties to design a suitable powder hopper to ensure powder flow. Finally, the student will understand the underlying principles of several powder processing operations, be able to design the key parameters for that unit operation and develop an appreciation for the complexities of powder handling and processing.


Laboratory reports: 10%, Assignments/tests: 20%
Final examination (3 hours): 70%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Paul Webley

Contact hours

2 hours of lectures, 2 hours of practice sessions, an average of 1 hour of laboratories per week and 7 hours of private study per week