Particle Mechanics and Processing

Subject CHEN90018 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x two hour lecture and 2 x one hour lectures + 1 x one hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 120 hours


Students must have completed one the following subject prior to enrolling in this subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


ENGR30001 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (Prior to 2013)

As well as ONE OF the following subjects (or an equivalent):

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Particle size and measurement of particle size, shape factors, differential and cumulative distributions, mean size, median size and surface area. Generalised description of separation and classification efficiency based on particle size, density and composition. Hydrocyclones, screens and data reconciliation for particulate separators, including the two product formula. Comminution, Bond work index, matrix description of size reduction and milling circuit simulation, comminution circuits and liberation of particles from composite particles. Flow properties of solids, design of bins and hoppers, mass and channel flow. Solid-liquid separation including flocculation processes, gravity sedimentation, clarification, thickening and pressure filtration. Motion of particles in fluids, fluidisation, minimum fluidisation velocity and bed expansion, flow of fluids through granular beds.


Upon completion of this unit, students will have

  • An appreciation of the flow behaviour of particulate materials and the design of unit operations associated with particulate slurries in a range of unit operations common to the materials, food, water, pharmaceuticals and minerals processing industries
  • They will be familiar with the unit operations in comminution and particle liberation, particle separation, hopper flow, solid-liquid separation and fluidisation and flow through packed beds
  • One written 3 hour end-of-semester examination (70%)
  • A written 2 hour mid-semester test (15%)
  • An assignment not exceeding 2000 words (15%)
  • A mark of 40% or more in the end of semester examination is required to pass the subject
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

The subject will enhance the following generic skills

  • Ability to undertake problem identification and solution
  • Capacity for independent thought
  • Awareness of advanced technologies in the discipline
  • Ability and self confidence to comprehend complex concepts, to express them lucidly and to confront unfamiliar problems
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement) Chemical
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Chemical Engineering stream
B-ENG Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Biomolecular)
Master of Engineering (Chemical)

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