542-0903/01 – Theory of particulate matter (TPH)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Mining Engineering and SafetyCredits10
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Jiří Zegzulka, CSc.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Jiří Zegzulka, CSc.
Study levelpostgraduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesDoctoral
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Full-time Examination 20+0
Part-time Examination 20+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the subject is to broaden students' mind about the perception of matter in a broader sense, inspire students to further develop knowledge about mechanical processes and their innovations. For the further development of process sciences, a deeper understanding of the properties change causes of the processed raw material is necessary when the raw material flows through the process equipment. Discovering the still unknown laws, but also the overall digitization of engineering and scientific work allows waveforms to describe the changes and take advantage of the innovative design of new technologies. Until the adoption of such knowledge enables application strategies of Industry 4.0 of mechanical processes throughout its depth for the development of new innovative technologies. By completing this subject, the student will gain skills to move from the classical empirical approach to methods of solution using modern scientific potential and global information databases. Student will also be able to actively participate in research in connection with the construction and operation of process equipment.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The mechanics of particulate matter is a dynamically developing field of science and research that extends into people's daily lives. The direction of human activity is the fragmentation and defragmentation of substances, while these processed particles of substance change their geometric and mechanical-physical properties. The theory of particulate matter deals with models, the actual measurement of the properties of particulate matter, as well as their use in describing the processes (pressure profiles, pressure pulses, flow profiles, arches, crushing, sorting, separation, etc.). Students will be acquainted with the rules of mathematical description, particulate matter properties and the processes initial laws. They will get acquainted with the basic digitization rules of the description of particulate matter properties and digitization of selected processes.

Compulsory literature:

FEDA, J. Mechanics of particulate materials. Vol. 30. Elsevier, 2013. WOODCOCK, C. R., MASON J. S. Bulk solids handling an introduction to the practice and technology. Springer Science & Business Media, 2012, ISBN 978-94-009-2635-6. SCHULZE, D. Powders and bulk solids: behavior, characterization, storage and flow. Springer, 2008, xvi, 511 pp. ISBN 35-407-3767-7. FRUCHTBAUM, Jacob. Bulk Materials Handling Handbook. Boston, MA: Springer US, 1988. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4757-4695-2. ISBN 978-1-4757-4697-6.

Recommended literature:

GELNAR, D., ZEGZULKA, J. Discrete Element Method in the Design of Transport Systems, Springer, ISBN 978-3-030-05713-8. NEDDERMAN, R. M. : Statics and Kinematics of Granular Materials, Cambridge University Press. 1992. SHAMLOU, P. A. Handling of bulk solids: theory and practice. Elsevier, 2013. JENIKE, A. W. Storage and Flow of Solids, University of Utah, 1964.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Exame, seminar work


Other requirements

Regular participation in lectures, elaboration of seminar work


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Descriptive properties of particulate matter, weight parameters, position between other states Geometric descriptive parameters of particulate matter, granulometry, morphology Mechanical-physical properties of particulate matter, Jenike's theory Dissipation work, definition, wall friction angle and internal friction angle, experimental research Particulate matter flow properties and flow, flow disturbances, flow profiles, segregation Dynamics of particulate matter flow Pressure profiles in the particulate matter column, pressure profiles during compression of particulate matter Cohesive bulk materials, compressibility Transport of particulate matter, types of transport and storage facilities Changes in the properties of particulate matter for selected applications, fragmentation and mixing

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
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