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Educational Resources for Particle Technology

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Latest changes: 2009-01-04: Add / 2010-10-02: update or drop obsolete links /

ON THIS PAGE: Consultants and Experts | Web-Based Instruction
Short Courses | Methods of Teaching | Online Review Articles
CDROMs, Video and Audio Tapes | Computer-based Courses | Museums
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Consultants, Expert Witnesses, Contract Research Firms 

Hiring an expert can be efficient in time and money compared with developing in-house capability to solve a current problem or avert future problems. One example of firms providing this service is
Intota Expert Consulting and Expert Witness Services provides access to consultants in many areas of interest for particle technology.

Web-Based Instruction Resources 

Courses on
– Particles in Process Engineering: Crystallization, Mixing, Filtration, Drying
– Particles & Droplets in Formulations: Milling, Granulation, Liquid Formulations, Tableting
are available through Mettler Toledo. To signup, follow links to Services and Support, then to Seminars and Training or to Webinars (select AutoChem for FBRM applications).

Intute provides high quality descriptions of thousands of the best Web resources for education and research. Subject specialists from a network of UK universities and partners select the websites. The science listing is not finely structured, but a search for “particle technology” yields dozens of hits. Some of the “found” sites require subscription payments, but most are free.
Intute is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the UK.

Fundamental physical constants and unit conversions – National Institute of Standards and Technology

Online Review Articles 

KONA is Hosakawa Micron International’s annual publication of technical reviews of recent developments in particle technology.
See Select English or Japanese, then enter your search terms in the box. To see the articles in each issue, click on “About Kona”, and in the “jump” window select the year you wish to view.
The articles are provided in PDF format. One excellent tutorial is Mixing and Segregation in Powders: Evaluation, Mechanisms and Processes, by Richard Hogg KONA 27 (2009), pp 2-17

J-STAGE (Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregation, Electronic) allows you to search thousands of issues of publications from Japan, using keywords such as flocculation or nucleation..

CDROMs, Video and Audio Tapes 

Many of the CD, video, and audio courses offered by the following sources cover topics of interest to particle technologists.

Product Properties and Process Engineering is a 46-minute video tutorial produced by a group from BASF AG, Univ. of Karlsruhe, and Techn. Univ. München-Freising. The accompanying pamphlet provides a brief introuduction to the physics behind the phenomena and the equations that approximate real behaviour. The main topics are
          Effect of Particle Size (dusting, explosion, color, permeability)
          Adhesion (mechanisms, bulk density, wet agglomeration)
          Particle Mobility (silo flow, fluidized beds, blending, instantizing)
The video provides careful descriptions and shows typical industrial processes for students who have never walked through or worked in a powder manufacturing facility.
The practical demonstrations give valuable insights into the problems encountered when working with powders and the solutions that have been developed to overcome those problems. The video is available – in either German or English and in either PAL or NTSC video format – at no charge to faculty teaching particle technology courses.
To get a copy, send a letter requesting the video tutorial kit (and specifying the desired language and video format) along with a description of your course in particle technology to
          Mrs. Eva Maria Augustin
          BASF Aktiengesellschaft
          GC/Process Engineering - L540
          67056 Ludwigshafen

Computer-based Courses 

WeSeeCo - Engineering Education Systems sells interactive educational CDROMs covering
ADHESION Introduction, Interaction Forces, Surface Tension, Polymers, Testing of Adhesive Systems, Practical Adhesion, Structural Adhesives, Elastomer Based Adhesives, Pressure Sensitive Adhesives, Hot Melt Adhesives
FLUID MECHANICS Static Pressure, Continuity, Energy, Momentum Control Volumes, Differential Momentum, Inviscid Flow, Internal and External Flows
HEAT TRANSFER Differential Equations, Steady State, Transient Heat, Natural and Forced Convection, Boiling and Condensation, Heat Exchangers
INTERFACIAL ENGINEERING Adsorption, Bilayers, Composites, Crystals, Coating Process, Coatings, Chemical Potential, Colloids, Aerosols, Dispersions, Electrokinetics, Electrophoresis, Emulsions, Foams, Interaction Forces, Micelles, Phase Equilibrium, Polymers, Surface Tension, Surfactants, Steric Stabilization, Vapor Deposition

Face-to-Face Short Courses, Webinars 

Many of the “live” courses, distance learning courses, and CD courses cover topics of interest to particle technologists:

Museums and Heritage Tours 

If your school is within driving distance of Delaware or you plan to travel nearby, consider visiting the Brandywine River Powder Mills at the Hagley Museum were designated as a National Historical Landmark in 1966 and as a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark (in 2002 Oct) by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). For many decades these mills produced the DuPont Company’s main product – black powder for guns and explosives, and the docents provide an excellent survey of many aspects of powder technology as they guide visitors through the renovated mills and the museum of industrial technology.

Effective Methods of Teaching 

Prof. Donald R. Woods (McMaster Univ., Canada) has developed an extensive understanding of and a textbook guide to Problem-Based Learning. This is a learning environment where
      1. A problem situation is posed.
      2. The students identify what they need to know to solve the problem.
      3. They find it and learn it.
      4. They use the new knowledge to solve the problem.
This contrasts with “subject-based Learning”, where the problems are at the end of the process.
      1. The students are told what they need to know.
      2. A course outline is provided.
      3. A required text is specified and the teacher “lectures”.
      4. The students solve problems by applying equations to data.
Prof. Wood wrote a textbook in particle technology using the PBL approach, has used it at McMaster for many years, and plans to publish a new edition intended for broader distribution.

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