Powder Handling and Flow for AM course to take place at LPW Carpenter Additive

April 26, 2019

Powder Handling and Flow for AM course to take place at LPW Carpenter Additive

LPW Carpenter Additive’s facility in Widnes, Cheshire, UK, where the course will take place (Courtesy LPW Carpenter Additive)


Experts from the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich, Kent, UK, LPW Carpenter Additive, Widnes, Cheshire, UK and Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Material (IFAM), Bremen, Germany have come together to deliver a short course on Powder Handling and Flow for Additive Manufacturing. The two-day course will take place at the LPW Carpenter Additive site in Widnes, Cheshire, UK, from July 2–3 2019.

The Powder Handling and Flow for Additive Manufacturing course will be presented across two days and will reportedly include the following topics:

Day One – Basic introduction

Metal and Plastic Powders in the AM process:

  • Recycle and quality issues
  • Contamination and oxidation issues
  • Standards for AM powders

Basic introduction to handling processes:

  • Hoppers for storage and discharge; flow patterns, principles of reliable flow
  • Powder flow properties
  • Pneumatic conveying; key components, features and operating issues
  • Fluidisation

Characterisation and control of powder properties:

  • Powder flow measurements
  • Environmental effects
  • Density measurements and particle morphology

Day Two – Quality considerations in depth

Basic overview of powder evolution and quality loss:

  • Control of flow properties
  • Segregation in processes
  • Particle aggregation
  • Powder electrostatics
  • Particle degradation

The course has reportedly been arranged so that participants can choose to attend the first day only, for those seeking a basic introduction, or to attend the full two-day course, where quality considerations will be looked at in depth. An informal networking evening has been arranged before each day of the course to allow delegates the opportunity to meet each other and the team of presenters, as well as to view the facilities at LPW Carpenter Additive.

Further information about the course is available on the Wolfson Centre’s website.




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