Bulk solids engineering

Consulting company for silo design and trouble shooting

Bulk, bulk solids, bulk material, powder, dry matter, grain, grains, granulate, aggregate


BSE designs reliable installations for bulk solids on the basis of the characteristics of the product. Our work consists of:

  • Measurement of bulk solid properties for various applications.
  • Design of silos and feeders based on product characteristics.
  • Trouble shooting and design for conveyors and silos.
  • Advice concerning bulk solids and flow problems.

Silo design

The design of bulk installations is based on product characteristics and applicable standards. Advice is related to flow problems, arching or bridging in the silo, product degradation, irregular flow, silo quaking or shaking, etc.
For more information see documents bulk technology and phenomena in silos.

Solids measurements

BSE has a laboratory with equipment at its disposal to measure relevant properties of bulk solids, such as internal friction, wall friction, permeability, etc. The Jenike shear cell is the most important tester in this respect. Based on measured properties bulk installations can be designed with greater dependability.


These keywords apply to our field of work:

The matter:

bulk, bulk solids, bulk material, powder, dry matter, grain, grains, granulate, aggregate

Measurement of bulk solid properties:

quality testers, flow property measurements, flow characteristic measurements, internal friction, wall friction, shear force, shear plane, permeability, fluidisation, aeration, deaeration, attrition, product research, flowcharacteristics, flow characteristics, productproperties, product properties, internal friction, wall friction, shear forces, permeability,

Phenomena in silos:

Flow pattern, mass flow, funnel flow, core flow, flow problems, silo problems, bridging, bridge-building, bridge building, arching, ratholing, shaft-building, vibrating silos, silo-quaking, honking silos, dust explosions, silopressures, silo pressures, silo stresses, silo loads, loads on inserts, earth quake silo loading, silo wear, segregation, demixing, de-mixing


Expert witness, troubleshooting, trouble shooting, trouble-shooting, basic engineering, screw feeders, discharge screw, auger, variable pitch design

General working field:

Bulk handling, bulk-handling, bulkhandling, bulk technology, bulk-technology, bulktechnology, solids handling, solids-handling, solidshandling, solids processing, solids-processing, solidsprocessing, unit operations, unit-operations.