Richard Farnish joined the Wolfson Centre in 1997 and currently works as a Senior Research Fellow/Consultant Engineer.
He has worked extensively on consultancy projects ranging from silo design, pneumatic conveying and segregation problems.
In 2006 he received an MPhil for his work on ‘The effect of flow channel profiles on repeatability of discharge rates from dispensing heads used for flow control of particulate materials in bulk’.
His research interests are in optimising packaging and tanker filling systems.
- MPhil "Effect of flow channel profiles on repeatability of discharge rates from dispensing heads used for flow control of particulate materials in bulk"
- BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering, University of Greenwich
- CEng MIMechE
Consultancy / Research Interests
- Repeatability of discharges and consistency of flow rates from vessels - particularly where adjustability to feed rates is required
- Product quality issues associated with caking of materials
- Implementation of mass flow approach to equipment design and techniques for obtaining multiple product streams whilst maintaining mass flow
- Brief selection of recent consultancy activities
- Minimisation of segregation in powdered food handling
- Reduction in overfilling in packaging process
- Design of mass flow vessel for delivering six discrete product streams to mills
- Redesign of flow control devices to improve accuracy and repeatability in discharge of minerals into rail wagons
- Determination of fluidising velocities for fine powdered materials
- Pneumatic conveying characteristics for fine milled mineral products
- Control of aking of a granular inorganic product
- Improvements in product flow - previously impeded by poor pneumatic conveying interface
- Investigations into product flow problems at a ship unloading terminal