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International Grains Program Hosts New Bulk Solids Handling, Storage, and Flow Course

Date Posted: December 4, 2013

Manhattan, KS—Many individuals who are responsible for handling and processing bulk solids in the grain, feed, biofuels, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries attended Kansas State University’s Bulk Solids Handling, Storage and Flow course on Nov. 11-14, 2013 at the International Grains Program Conference Center in partnership with the bulk solid equipment industry, Kice Industries, Freeman Technology, Vortex, DEM Solutions and Fike Corporation.

“Currently, the grain and powder industry from flour milling to biofuels, to pharmaceutical companies, lack an opportunity for continuing education in the technical areas that involve handling and processing bulk solids.

"This course will benefit the industry by allowing participants to fortify their skills and also understand the latest technology from the equipment industry,” says Carlos Campabadal, program specialist in grain storage and feed manufacturing at Kansas State University.

The course focused on handling, flow and storage technologies and methods, and common bulk solids flow problems.

Participants learned about the science and engineering of bulk solids from Kansas State faculty, other university instructors and industry experts in practical classroom and hands-on sessions.

Bulk solids handling and flow equipment are located in the state-of-the-art Hal Ross Flour Mill and O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center.

Additionally, the newest powder characterization technologies, available in the Bulk Solids and Particle Technology Research Laboratory, were utilized for instruction.

The course also included on-site visits to Vortex and Kice Industries headquarters.

One participant, Doug Sanneman, believes that everyone needs to be more scientific in the testing done. Sanneman, senior engineer at Hutchinson/Mayrath, wanted to learn more about the spectrum as a whole.

“This has helped me see each end of the spectrum and why we see the stuff we see as far as raw materials and particles,” says Sanneman.

Course instructor and grain science faculty member, Kingsly Ambrose says, “This initiative, started in collaboration with industry and academic experts, will focus on understanding the bulk and particle characteristics of granular materials and will help in delivering a uniform granular product to the consumer.”

With his current experimental research and modeling approaches, Ambrose is focused on developing practical solutions to bulk solids handling issues faced by the industry.

His current research areas include milling technologies, process simulation, handling techniques for solids with caking potential, grain dust explosions, and characterization of powders for their particle and flow characteristics.

This is just one example of the many partnership trainings offered through IGP. In addition to flour milling and grain processing, IGP offers trainings in the areas of feed manufacturing and grain management, and grain marketing and risk management.

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