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Powder and Bulk Solids Academy: Basics of Pneumatic Conveying

This is an introductory course about pneumatic conveying. It will describe all types of pneumatic conveying, along with pros and cons of each. All major components will be taken apart and discussed. Basic sizing, applications, and troubleshooting will be covered.


Students will participate in an immersive course combining lecture and hands-on exploration in the full-scale lab at the Bulk Solids Innovation Center. Taught by industry veterans and university research experts, this course is intended for those that are looking to learn the basics of pneumatic conveying technology and terminology.

Upon completing this course, students will be able to answer: 

  • How does pneumatic conveying work?
  • When is it appropriate, and when would a different type of conveying be better?
  • What are all the components of a pneumatic conveying system and how do they work? Students will see cut-aways and disassemblies of each component.
  • What is the difference between a pressure system and vacuum system and the advantages and disadvantages of each? Students will be able to see and hear system components to fully understand through lab demos.
  • There are so many types - dilute phase, dense phase, medium phase, vacuum sequencing - which is the right one for various applications?

This course is recommended for any engineers who need fundamental knowledge about pneumatic conveying. Anyone in sales, management, maintenance, or support roles who will benefit from basic understanding and terminology are also encouraged to attend.


View the course schedule for a full list of topics

Dates: June 15, June 17, June 22 and June 24, 2021

Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm CST

The course is comprised of four half-day sessions. Sessions are held online. Live participation is expected. Should a student be required to miss a session, recordings of the session will be available for review.

Format: Live, online hosted through Zoom

Upon registration, students will be sent details in a confirmation email on how to access the learning management system for course materials and Zoom live session details.

Cost: $995

Course fee includes access to online learning management system, course instruction, and digital materials. Payment is required at time of registration. All major credit cards are accepted.

Multi-registrant discounts are available! A discounted rate is offered for companies sending multiple attendees. Three registrants from the same company will receive a 50% discount on the third registration fee. Four registrants from the same company will receive a free registration on the fourth registrant. For companies sending more than four employees, discounts will be applied in the same increments as indicated above.

Registration deadline: June 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST


The online training software operates on any Mac or PC system. Your system must have speakers with sound enabled. You will need a microphone (webcam optional) to participate in the program. You will need an internet connection, broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) is recommended.

You will need to download Zoom, a free video conferencing software to participate in the live activities. You can do this from the Zoom web site, or you will be prompted to download it prior to the course. Please review the Zoom system requirements.


Please contact Professional Education and Outreach at profed@k-state.edu.