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Foundations of Pneumatic Conveying


Pneumatic conveying is the most widely used method for transporting bulk solid materials, but frequent problems occur because few people receive formal training about the technology. This course provides a broad education about everything related to pneumatic conveying.


Students will be introduced to all concepts of pneumatic conveying with lecture from industry experts and university researchers. Students will then take their learning into the full scale lab at the Bulk Solids Innovation Center, allowing them to put their hands on each piece of equipment. The course will demonstrate fundamentals of a pneumatic conveying system through a case study example, allowing students to walk step by step through implementing a pneumatic conveying system.

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, feel, and hear system components to fully understand.
  • 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 those needing a basic understanding of pneumatic conveying. Those employed in engineering, operations, maintenance, and management will find particular relevance. Students looking to further their learning may also be interested in our Advanced Pneumatic Conveying course.

Course instructors are leaders in the bulk solids industry and research experts from Kansas State University. View a full list of instructors. 


This course will have additional requirements due to COVID-19 accommodations, including limited class size, face masks, and social distancing requirements. Full details will be emailed to registrants prior to the course start date or available by request. Please email profed@k-state.edu for inquiries.

Date: September 16-17, 2020 

Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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Location: Bulk Solids Innovation Center in Salina, Kansas

Cost: $1,000 early bird rate through August 18, 2020; $1,200 standard rate effective August 19, 2020

Included: Course instruction, course materials and notes, hands on exercises in full scale laboratory, and daily lunch and refreshments. Meals, travel, and lodging are not included in the registration fee and are the responsibility of the attendee. Visit our travel page for suggestions on getting to and staying in Salina.

Registration deadline: September 8, 2020


A discounted rate is offered for companies sending multiple attendees. Discounts are tied to number of attendees as follows:

Number of

Total Price with Early BirdTotal Price with Standard Rate
3 registrations per company1 registration 50% off$2,500$3,000
4 registrations per company1 registration free$3,000$3,600

For companies sending more than four employees, discounts will be applied in the same increments as indicated above.


Please contact Professional Education and Outreach at profed@k-state.edu or call our toll free number at 855-552-0079.

Details at a Glance

Dates: September 16-17, 2020

Location: Salina, Kansas

Skill level: Introductory

Duration: 2 days

CEUs: 1.4

PDHs: 14

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