Engineering Professional Education

Powder Processing


Fall 2017

Days/Time: MWF / 9:30-10:20 am
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To critically analyze particulate processing operations on both the macroscopic and microscopic level in terms of the chemistry, physics, and mechanics principles governing the behavior of collections of particles. To recognize the capabilities and limitations of powder processing relative to other types of processing for producing specific shapes (macrostructures) and controlled internal structure (microstructures). To become conversant in the research literature in particulate processing.

Processing of engineering materials from powders. Synthesis of metals, ceramics, and polymers in powder form. Characteristics of particulates. Behavior of collections of particles; surface forces, particle agglomeration and dispersion, gelation, particle packing. Consolidation of powders; mechanics of dry flow and compaction, slurry rheology, shaping processes. Densification and microstructural development; geometry, thermodynamics and kinetics of sintering, liquid-phase sintering, reaction densification, infiltration. Powder processing of composites. F2017 Syllabus PDF

Topics Covered:
Particulate production and characterization; Particle interactions; Consolidation; Densification and microstructure development.

Senior or graduate standing in engineering, science, or related disciplines.

Applied/Theory: 50/50

Web Address:

Web Content:
Syllabus, homework assignments, and solutions.

Four to six assignments (due every 2 to 3 weeks). Some notes/handouts provided via internet. Homework may be submitted via

A paper (~10 pages) on a powder material, process, or phenomenon. Students are strongly encouraged to choose a topic on which the research would benefit them in their job.

One midterm exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Required: Introduction to Modern Colloid Science (Oxford Science Publications), Robert J. Hunter, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780198553861

Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements; Math, plotting or spreadsheet software such as Mathcad, Excel or similar will be useful for some homework assignments. Homework assignments and solutions, messages, etc., will be posted to the course web site.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: view

Tuition & Fees: view

Other Requirements:


Fall 2017
Fall 2019
Fall 2021


Kevin P. Trumble



Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045


Instructor HomePage