Excellence Award in Mechanics of Particulate Solids
The Excellence Award 2022 was presented to
Dr. Marvellous J. Khala
for his excellent PhD thesis "Characterising Powder Flow in Dynamic Processes", completed at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, under the supervision of Professor Chuan-Yu (Charley) Wu.
The winner of the 2022 Excellence Award on Mechanics of Particulate Solids was presented by the WP Chair, Professor Diego Barletta, with the assistance of Dr. Liz Del Cid of the sponsor Jenike and Johanson, during the opening ceremony of the 9th World Congress of Particle Technology on 19 September 2022. Dr. Marv Khala sent a videomessage to say thanks. Moreover, the same day Dr. Khala presented his work in a talk in teleconference during the parallel session Mechanics of Particulate Solids I.
Acknowledgements Marvellous Khala
The Award is generously sponsored by Jenike & Johanson Inc.
Berlin, Germany 17-21 September 2023
The call for papers is open. Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2023
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Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids
The recent meeting of WP MPS took place in June 2022.
Aim of the Working Party
The main aim of the working party is the promotion of science, education and technology transfer in the subject area of bulk solids handling and transportation in the EFCE member countries. The working party promotes interaction between industry and academia to enable improvement of bulk solids handling science and technology.
Members of the Working Party
The Working Party currently has 47 members from 15 European countries: 31 members are from academia and 16 members are from industry (18 Delegates, 22 Elected Members, 7 Honorary Members and 6 Guest Members).
Previous Working Party Chairs:
For most of its time the Working Party on the Mechanics of Particulate Solids has been led by Dr. Jan Novosad of Czechoslovakia (later Czech Republic), laureate of the Dieter Behrens Medal in 1999.
In the period 2002 - 2007 it was led by Dr. Hermann Feise, an industrial delegate from Germany, who served as the Scientific Vice-President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering from 2007 to 2011. Since 2018 he hold the position of President of the EFCE.
From 2008 to 2013 the Working Party has been led by Prof. Massimo Poletto from Italy.
From 2013 to 2019 the Working Party has been led by Prof. Álvaro Ramírez-Gómez from Spain. Since 2020 he serves as Executive Board member for EFCE.
Events related to Mechanics of Particulate Solids
WCPT9 - 9th World Congress on Particle Technology
September 2022, Madrid, Spain
The World Congress on Particle Technology (WCPT) is the world’s major scientific congress for particle and bulk solids technology. It is an international forum for research, technological development and innovation in new technologies. The results presented and discussed in every edition of WCPT have come from different research fields (chemical, pharmaceutical, food production, mining, agricultural, energy…) and have been beneficial for many industrial applications. Held every 4 years since its inception in 1990, is intended to stimulate discussions on the forefront of research in particle science and technology. The next World Congress on Particle Technology (WCPT9) will be celebrated in September 2022, in Madrid.
Skien, Norway, 13-15 June 2017 (EFCE Event No. 734)
PARMAT 2017 - International Conference on Processing, Handling and Characterization of Particulate Materials
held in the frame of the World Congress of Chemical Engineering 2017 (WCCE10)
Excellence Award in Mechanics of Particulate Solids
The call for nominations for the 2022 EFCE Excellence Award in Mechanics of Particulate Solids is closed.
The Award was presented to Dr. Marvellous Khala at the 9th World Congress of Particle Technologyon 19 September 2022.
The Award is generously sponsored by Jenike & Johanson, Inc.
During the celebration of the 1st International Conference on Processing, Handling and Characterization of Particulate Materials (PARMAT2017) organized by eight Working Parties of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) and in the frame of the WCCE10-ECCE11-ECAB4, Prof. Rimantas Kačianauskas from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University received a commemorative plaque on behalf of the Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids for his outstanding contributions to the field.
Photo: Prof. Rimantas Kačianauskas (right) receiving the commemorative plaque from Prof. Álvaro Ramírez-Gómez (left), Chair of the Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering
WP TASK: K/λ TESTING
The correct structural design of storage silos for granular solids depends on the lateral and vertical stresses that are exerted by the stored solids on the silo walls. Standard structural design specifications are reported in international design codes as Eurocode EN 1991-4:2006  and in related national standards. The estimate of the load that acts on a vertical silo wall is usually performed by applying the Janssen method of differential slices , which requires the evaluation of the horizontal to vertical stress ratio or the lateral pressure ratio, K. An experimental device for the measurement of the horizontal to vertical stress ratio had been purposely built and tested for fine and cohesive solids .
Experimental campaigns in the project were dedicated:
1) to find out a reproducible procedure able to provide representative measures of the ratio of vertical to horizontal stresses which free flowing and cohesive materials;
2) to determine the principal sources of error in the experimental campaign;
3) to find out any possible improvement in the design of the cell.
 Eurocode 1. DD ENV 1991-4 (1996).
 Janssen, H.A. Zeitschr. d. Vereines deutscher Ingenieure, 39, 1045-1049 (1895).
As reported by Sperl, M., Granular Matter 8, 59-65 (2006).
 Barletta, D. and Poletto M. Granular Matter 15, 487-497 (2013).
Contact: M. Poletto (U Salerno, IT)
WP TASKS: FLOW PROPERTIES OF BIOMASSES
The increased use of biomass materials in industries is causing more and more handling problems, many of them associated to bottlenecks. Nowadays, there is still a lack of knowledge in the flow properties of biomass materials. The irregular shape and the elastic, fibrous, flaky, and stringy nature that present, is responsible of the completely different behaviour to those commonly found in the process industry; characterization methods are being urgently demanded. WP members are working on the study of biomass flow during the last 5 years. The initiative started in 2011 with a demonstration project called Bio4Flow, involving 4 countries. It was funded by Processum Biorefinery Initiative AB. The activities continued aiming at creating a European network on biomass handling related activities. Related projects in progress are an ITN-Marie Curie proposal titled "Efficient, reliable and safe BIOmass HAndling, Pretreatment and Processing for a sustainable EU Bio-based economy" (BIOHAPPBY) and a COST Action titled "Towards the Security of Supply of Biomass and Solid Waste Feedstock - Efficiency and Safety for the Bioeconomy (EFFSAF)". Partners from countries such as Spain, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, Serbia, Turkey, Israel and Australia, are participating in these initiatives. Furthermore, the debate on biomass handling problems is also pursued in forums such as the 7th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids - ChoPS, September 2012, in Friedrichshafen (Germany) (roundtable discussion) or the 2nd International Symposium on Handling and Hazards, July 2014, in Madrid (Spain) organized by WP members. A significant number of industrial consultancy projects related to biomass handling issues have been already carried out. The experience gained is also being used to train specialists in this field. The PhD thesis titled ‘The effect of pellets physical properties on handling of pelleted biomass fuels in practical use’ is being written up by M Abdulmumini. This research has been funded by PTDF, Nigeria and has been undertaken in collaboration with Forever Fuels Ltd.
Contacts: Diego Barletta (U Salerno, IT), Sylvia Larsson (SLU, SE), Robert Berry (U Greenwich, UK), Álvaro Ramírez-Gómez (UPM Madrid, SP)
WP TASK: WALL FRICTION PROJECT
Prior investigations by the Working Party encountered considerable scatter in the results of wall friction tests obtained by various experienced bodies testing bulk materials on contact surfaces that were carefully selected to have common properties. An initial series of tests will be conducted by UK participants and a preliminary examination made of the reports and test results to review the suitability of the process, procedure and presentation of results.
Contact: L. Bates (Ajax Equipment, Bolton, UK)
The WPMPS workshop endeavors to increase the acceptance of DEM-codes for simulation of bulk solids behavior. This requires the codes to be validated, which in turn needs carefully selected problems with a good experimental database for test runs. As an initial step a workshop shall produce a framework for engagement between academic researchers, professional software companies and potential industrial beneficiaries of DEM numerical simulations and identify areas that need significant further development both in terms of computational methodologies as well as the experimental validation procedures. It is hoped that in the longer term, the group of researchers brought together for the event will form the nucleus of a wider project formation aimed at setting the European/International standards of "best practice" in DEM Simulation software development and implementation in a broad range of industry sectors. Projects developed in this direction were PARDEM - PARticle Systems: Training on DEM Simulation for Industrial and Scientific Applications, an EU Funded Framework 7, Marie Curie Initial Training Network (2009-2013), and T-MAPPP - Training in Multiscale Analysis (MA) of multiPhase Particulate Processes and systems (PPP) also an Initial Training Network funded by FP7 Marie Curie Actions ITN (2014-2018).
Contacts: S. Luding (TU Delft, NL), J. Ooi (U Edinburgh, UK) and U. Tuzun (U Surrey, UK)
WP TASK: GUIDE TO THE SPECIFICATION OF BULK SOLIDS FOR STORAGE AND HANDLING CONTRACTS
Much information is available on the properties of bulk material, but broad industrial experience indicates that there is often inadequate appreciation of the characteristics that are relevant to the satisfactory performance of solids handling equipment in the formation of a contract between the purchaser and supplier. The British Materials Handling Board has undertaken to remedy the deficiency by preparing a 'Guide to the Specification of Bulk Solids for Storage and Handling Applications'. The Working Party endorsed this initiative and looks to co-operate with a view to attaining European acceptance of the document as a working tool for agreeing the requirements between user and supplier of the value of relevant physical properties of bulk materials that are to be used in any solids storage and/or handling project. This Guide is in preparation for draft circulation.
Contact: L. Bates (Ajax Equipment, Bolton, UK)
WP TASK: STANDARD SHEAR TESTING TECHNIQUE (SSTT)
Since 1969 the characterization of bulk solids has been the focus of the work of the "Working Party on the Mechanics of Particulate Solids" of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers. Led by John Williams and Jan Novosad the WPMPS developed the first international standard on the measurement of the flow properties of bulk solids during the 1970's and 80's. After its publication in 1989 this "Standard Shear Testing Technique for Particulate Solids Using the Jenike Shear Cell" or SSTT became the common worldwide basis for silo design. Globalization has made us feel that anything documented in internationally accessible standards must be usable for everybody. However, the knowledge about proper shear testing spreads only slowly through the educated world. It is my believe that one reason for this unsatisfactory state remains the language barrier. Therefore, after the German translation published in 2005, now a Czech edition of the SSTT has been prepared.
Contact: J. Zegzulka (U Ostrava, CZ)
Standard Shear Testing Technique for particulate solids usingthe Jenike shear cell (SSTT)
A report from the EFCE Working Party on the Mechanics of Particulate Solids,
Rugby, Warwickshire, UK (1989), ISBN 0-85295-232-5
Glossary of Terms in Powder and Bulk Technology
The British Materials Handling Board, Sale Cheshire (2002),
Feise, H.J. [Übs.]:
Standardmethode zur Charakterisierung von Schüttgütern mit dem Jenike Schergerät
EFCE Working Party on the Mechanics of Particulate Solids,
DECHEMA, Frankfurt/Main, D (2005), ISBN3-89746-058-0
Zegzulka, J. [Übs.]:
Standard smykové zkousky partikulárních hmot pomocí Jenikeho smykového stroje
EFCE Working Party on the Mechanics of Particulate Solids,
VSB-TU Ostrava, Ostrava (2006), ISBN 80-248-1051-4
Carson, J.W.; Wilms, H.:
Powder Technology, Volume 167, Issue 1, 6 September 2006, Pages 1-9
This page list a large number of research groups working on the wider area of Mechanics of Particulate Solids.
The list is certainly not complete. Suggestions for additional links are very welcome.
The Working Party on the Mechanics of Particulate Solids does not imply any judgement on the quality of the website or the research group listed.
- Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB)
- TU Freiberg
- Schulze Schüttgutmesstechnik
- TU Kaiserslautern
- Karlsruher Institute for Technology, Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics
- Uni Würzburg, Institute for Pharmacy and Food Chemistry
- TU Braunschweig, Institute for Particle Technology
- Universität Magdeburg
- Bergakademie Freiberg
- TU München, School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
- Uni Erlangen, Institute of Particle Technology
- Leibniz Universität Hannover, Laboratory of Nano and Quantum Engineering
- Uni Halle-Wittenberg, Mechanical Process Engineering
- TU Chlausthal, Institute of Particle Technology
- University of Pannonia, Research Institute of Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering
- Budapest University of Technology and Economics
- Moscow State Academy of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
- University of Sheffield
- Brunel University
- University of Birmingham
- The Open University
- Wolfson Centre at University of Greenwich
- University of Leeds
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Surrey
- Glasgow Caledoian University
- Imperial College
United States of America
to be continued
The working party was founded in 1969. Since then it has run numerous technical projects mainly concerning the characterisation of bulk solids for flow. Its most prominent outcome being the SSTT (Standard Shear Testing Technique for Particulate Solids Using the Jenike Shear Cell). This document has become the basis of several standards, most notably those by ASTM on Jenike and Ring Shear Testing.
For most of its time the Working Party on the Mechanics of Particulate Solids has been led by Dr. Jan Novosad of Czechoslovakia (later Czech Republic). In the period 2001 - 2007 it was led by Dr. Hermann Feise, an industrial delegate from Germany, from 2008 to 2013 by Prof. Massimo Poletto from Italy and from 2013-2019 by Prof. Álvaro Rámirez- Gómez from Spain. Since 1 January 2020, the Working Party is headed by Prof. Diego Barletta, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy. The working party currently has 47 members from 15 European countries.
Abstracts from Minutes of Working Party business meetings
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Nuremberg, Germany on 8 April 2019
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Greenwich, United Kingdom on 10 September 2018
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Skien, Norway on 12 June 2017
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Nuremberg, Germany, on 18 April 2016
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 3 May 2015
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, on 23 August 2014
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Nuremberg, Germany, on 24 April 2013
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 9 September 2012
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Berlin, Germany, on 25 September 2011
- WPMPS Buiness Meeting in Nuremberg, Germany, on 25 April 2010
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Brisbane, Australia, on 3 August 2009
- WPMPS Business Meeting in Tromso, Norway, on 9 June 2008
The European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) godfathered the Bulk Solids Centre Czech Republic (BSC) providing during all this time advice, guidance and experience through the Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids (WPMPS). This new workplace in the Czech university is an open space for international collaborations across Europe and beyond in fields associated with bulk solids handling. Here, you will find a research group plenty of energy and enthusiasm headed by Prof. Jiri Zegzulka, internationally recognised for his expertise in this field, with modern facilities, tools and equipment to face new challenges.
The opening ceremony of BSC was on 8th April 2016 in the Innovation Centre VSB-TU Ostrava. The Working Party on Mechanics of Particulate Solids of EFCE represented by its chairman Prof. Álvaro Ramírez-Gómez opened the centre.
The opening ceremony (from the left): Assoc. Prof. S. Mišák,
Assoc. Prof. A. Király, Prof. Dr. Á. Ramírez-Gómez, Prof. Dr. J. Zegzulka
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