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Transfer Chute Design Basics

1-day training in the basic technical aspects of the design of bulk materials transfer chutes, & typical problems that occur, with guidance for problem solving & case histories

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Key Learning Objectives

  • A checklist of things to consider when designing chutes
  • Key aspects of material properties and their effects on chute designs
  • Interpretation of your bulk handling process, flow requirements and sizing of chutes
  • Layouts and design fundamentals – design challenges, pitfalls and traps
  • Understand construction and maintenance fundamentals
  • Safe chutes
  • Special issues; samplers, magnets, diverters and splitters
  • Review key equipment; blocked chute detectors, level sensors, cleaners, access doors, bearings for pulleys and drive considerations
  • Key operation issues such as dust, spillage, noise, failure; how they are addressed, what they could cost

About the Course

The world is now dependent on resource development to supply the raw materials for our wants and needs. Few aspects of resource industries can avoid moving large volumes of ores and other bulk solids. Conveyors are commonly used for this purpose and are dependent on functional chutes to work well.

This course presents a step by step process of the design considerations that should be made to get the best from chutes

  • What is the chute function?
  • The impact of chute design on plant layout and vice versa
  • Choosing the right type of chute
  • Flow and trajectory requirements and where to get design guidance
  • Chute components and how to integrate the design so that it all works and is constructible and maintainable
  • Safety and operational issues including dust generation, spillage, noise and equipment failure

This course will look at the fundamentals of chute design, including a systematic approach to design, available design tools and software, specialists in the field of chute design, typical equipment used, problems that occur and what practical steps could be taken to diagnose, alleviate, or prevent them.

This course provides an overview and introduction to chute design considerations and principles as guidance for engineers and designers.

Who Will Benefit

Engineers and designers who work/have an interest in bulk materials handling

  • New and graduate engineers
  • Operating and maintenance personnel
  • Project managers and operations managers for bulk materials handling projects


“Easy presentation style. Good mix of basic & advanced concepts and basic & advanced topics/discussions”
Product Marketing Engineer, Bisalloy Steels

Terms & Conditions

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Course Outline

The importance of knowing your material and how it defines chute design

  • Key aspects of material properties
    • Density
    • Particle size
    • Abrasiveness
    • Strength
    • Flow properties
    • Variability
  • Effects on chute designs
    • Shape
    • Materials of fabrication
    • Clearance dimensions

Interpretation of your process and sizing of chutes

  • Instantaneous throughput
  • Throughput in tonnes compared to throughput in cubic metres
  • Minimum and maximum
  • Particle size distribution
  • Dust control
  • Surge
  • Blockage and carry over consideration

Layouts and designs

  • The impact of chute design on plant layouts
    • Different chutes different layouts
    • Layout change impacts design of chutes
  • The impact of chute maintenance on plant layouts
  • Specific types of chute
    • Proprietary designs
    • Chutes with magnets
    • Chutes with samplers
    • Chutes with diverters

What is in a chute?

  • Material flow
  • Wear
  • Cleaning
  • Access
  • Drives
  • Safety
  • Instruments

Construction and maintenance fundamentals

  • Design for fabrication
  • Design for installation
  • Design for operation
  • Design for maintenance

Chute design tools and assistance

  • Discrete Element Modelling
    Benefits and limitations
  • Scale modelling
  • Trajectory modelling
  • Specialists in the field

Case histories

The good, the bad and the ugly – observations over the years

  • What worked
  • What didn’t work so well
  • What didn’t work at all
  • Compromise fixes

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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