Fluid Bed Processing and Formulation

Course overview

Fluidised beds are widely used in industry due to their characteristic fluid like properties of good mixing and heat transfer. Applications of fluid beds range from combustion in power stations, catalytic reactors to the engineering of particles via methods such as low density agglomeration and encapsulation.

This new course focuses on the use of fluid beds in particle engineering area and covers:

  • the basic principles behind fluidisation

  • the importance of particle properties

  • the impact of bed design on the structure and optimal operation of fluid beds, both batch and continuous.

The course is grounded in practical experience gained across numerous industrial sectors by a range of speakers from academia, equipment manufacturers and end users. The scientific principles of fluid bed operation will be reinforced by a number of practical demonstrations which show the theory in practice.

Course structure

The 2020 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2019 course details for further information by clicking course programme link.

Day 1. Fluidisation Basics:

Industry and academic experts will cover:

  • what causes powder beds to fluidise

  • what are the properties of the powders that make this more or less straightforward

  • what are the watch-outs in this technique

  • how can one engineer particles with different properties

These topics will be underlined with three different demonstrations.

Day 2. Industry Case Studies

Topics will include:

  • The importance of the bed design on how it operates

  • The  key operating parameters from starting up to steady state

  • Real-life case studies examples from a range of industries, covering what can go wrong and how to avoid it

  • Three further practical demonstrations will showcase these areas.

Day 3. New Developments and Innovations

On the final half day, examples will be provided of the latest developments in fluid bed applications from industry and academia. The course will end with a discussion and problem solving forum.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for you if you’re:

  • a R&D scientist working in industries such as pharmaceuticals, detergents, foods, agrochemicals or specialty chemicals and need a broad overview of the subject of fluid bed processing

  • a scientist or chemical engineer who would value a deeper understanding of how science can be applied to real fluid bed processing problems

  • a process technologist, plant manager, involved in R&D or a process technician who needs a thorough practical grounding in the subject of fluid bed processing and how it can influence the properties of the final product

  • a university researcher who requires a deeper insight into real industrial problems, unmet needs and potential new research themes.


Course director:
Professor David York - University of Leeds

Course co-director:
Dr Jim Bullock, Director, iFormulate Ltd

Fee information


Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

  • course dinner on Monday 11 May

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Leeds

Detailed directions (including the exact location for the course registration and presentation room) will be sent out with the delegate joining instructions.

How to find us

The nearest public car park is Woodhouse Lane (multi storey) at LS1 3HQ. The car park is open 24 hours. Charges apply (£6.00 up to twelve hours). Please click here for information and location details. Please note this car park is a fifteen minute walk to/ from our building and delegates should allow ample time to park and register for the course. 

Car parking for visitors is unavailable at the University.

There is also limited on-street parking in the vicinity of the University.


You are responsible for your own accommodation, if required. A list of hotels close to the University will be sent with your course joining instructions.

Contact us

Jenna King – Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds,

T: +44 (0)113 343 5746

E:  cpd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk



This course is supported by iFormulate.

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