Course detail

Mechanical Processes

FSI-KMPAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course is concerned with the following topics: mechanical manipulation and storage of loose material. Calculation of geometrical and physical properties of loose material and the state of stress. Main dimension of apparatus and unit operations (crushing, milling, classification, mixing of particles, storage, granulation and transport of loose materials).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Fundamental properties of loose materials. Some raw materials and products are in loose and granular form. Fundamental principles of machines used for working loose material. Acquired knowledge can be used for calculation of main dimensions of equipment used in such plants.


Basic knowledge of mathematics and physics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Feda J.: Základy mechaniky partikulárních látek, Academia Praha, 1977.
Medek J.: Mechanické pochody, PC-DIR Real s.r.o., Brno (1998)
Dinter, O.: Drcení a mletí nerostných surovin, SNTL Praha, 1984.
Perry, R. H., Green, D.W., Maloney, J.O.: Perry's Chemical Engineer's Handbook, 7th edition, Osbournce-McGraw Hill, 1997.
Medek, J.: Mechanické pochody, 3. vydání, PC-DIR Real, 1998.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit requirements: Active participation in seminars. Examination consists of written and oral parts.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The course objective is to make students familiar with fundamental properties of solid particles, shape of particles, specific area, sphericity, porosity and stress analysis as well as classification and sizing of granular material,,crushing, grinding and milling of particles.
Agglomeration. Short distance transport. Mixing, dosing and storage of granular material. Fundamental principles of plant units and equipment.
Designing main dimension of equipment.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lectures is recommended. Attendance at seminars is compulsory and checked.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory
    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. What is process engineering ?
2. Geometrical characteristics of loose materials.
3. State of stress in loose material.
4. Unit operations: crushing, milling and cutting.
5. Classification of sorting.
6. Agglomeration of loose materials.
7. Transport of loose materials.
8. Hydraulic and pneumatic transport.
9. Mixing of particles.
10. Dosing of loose materials.
11. Storage, extensive and intensive (silos).
12. State of stress in silos.
13. Flow of loose materials.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Fundamental calculation in process engineering.
2. Geometrical characteristics of grain.
3. Process characteristics of loose materials.
4. Calculations of concentration and density of loose materials.
5. Screew analysis.
6. Calculation of conveyers.
7. Crushing.
8. Milling.
9. Mixing of particles.
10. Systems of transport.
11. Calculations of silos.
12. Flow of loose material in storage tanks.
13. Consulting hours.