Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts

Professor

School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Legacy of leadership

Emeritus Professor Alan RobertsThe University's strength in engineering owes much to the work ethic and reputation of its trailblazers.

One need look no further than the University of Newcastle's Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport for proof of the adage 'success breeds success'.

The Centre is renowned for world-leading research into the processing, storage and transport of minerals and industrial products and boasts an outstanding record of commercial and academic achievement. Its research has led to technological advances that have produced multi-million dollar savings for industry, and it is at the forefront of developing new-generation processes that reduce water and energy use.

Much of that success is due to the foundation laid by two of the University's elder statesmen and principal researchers in engineering, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson and Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts.

Both have had long and esteemed careers with the University, Roberts arriving as Professor of Industrial Engineering in 1974 and Jameson as Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1977.

Both have been recognised with Order of Australia awards and have received the prestigious Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal from the Institution of Engineers Australia for outstanding service to their profession. Both have also been elected to learned scientific and engineering academies.

Roberts was responsible for the University developing what has become an important and lucrative niche in bulk materials handling, a little-explored area of research back in the 1970s.

He established TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling as a research group and commercial consultancy in 1975. Since then it has completed more than 4000 projects for clients in 40 countries and made an invaluable contribution to research in the field.

"It has become one of the flagships of the University and has certainly validated the decision to go down that path," says Roberts, who is officially retired but still works from his office at the University's Newcastle Institute for Energy Resources (NIER) most days.

"Our work has spanned everything from fine pharmaceutical powders, to plastic powders, agricultural grains, domestic waste and minerals such as iron ore, bauxite and coal. Bulk solids handling is a complex aspect of the industrial process that applies to anything that is transported in powdered or granular form."

Jameson was already a respected expert in fluid mechanics when he came to prominence in the 1980s with his invention of the Jameson Cell. A froth flotation device for recovering fine mineral particles from mine waste and low-yield sources, it was smaller, faster and more precise than existing technology and was quickly taken up by industry.

These days there are more than 300 Jameson Cells in operation in 21 countries around the world. As well as recovering billions of dollars worth of fine coal and minerals a year, they are being put to new industrial applications including extracting oil from tar sands in Canada and removing blue-green algae from waterways in central Australia.

"It was one of those 'Eureka!' moments when all the work you have done beforehand comes together in one realisation," Jameson says of the moment he conceived the Cell.

"I was with some students at a mine in Mount Isa and I looked at the equipment they were using and thought, 'I could build something better than that'."

In their early years at the University, both Jameson and Roberts were committed to lifting the research profile of the engineering group, along with another long-time departmental leader Professor Terry Wall.

Their establishment of research centres in multiphase processing, bulk solids handling and black coal utilisation was important both in facilitating the expansion of research and enhancing the status of the University as a leader in those fields.

The University has long been a magnet for talented engineering students, researchers and academics and this is due in no small part to the reputations of Jameson and Roberts.

For more information visit the Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport.

Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts

Legacy of leadership

The University's strength in engineering owes much to the work ethic and reputation of trailblazers like Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts

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Career Summary

Biography

My interest in Bulk Solids Handling as a research field commenced when I was a part time undergraduate student completing a BE (Mechanical) degree at the University of New South Wales. My final year undergraduate honours project dealt with the performance of screw conveyors handling grain. Having no formal education in granular mechanics, I became interested in this subject and used the library to read any reference book and research paper that could provided the background I needed. The field of Soil Mechanics was one such field of great interest. I was encouraged to follow up my undergraduate project work and enrolled for a PhD degree which I completed in 1962 whilst appointed as a member of the academic staff in Mechanical Engineering at Wollongong University College, now, since 1975, The University of Wollongong. Becoming conscious of the significant problems occurring in industry, the field of Bulk Materials Handling became an obvious and challenging field in which to devote my research.

On moving to the Chair of Industrial Engineering at Newcastle in 1974, I was appointed in that year as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (a position I held for 11 years) and also in 1974 I was elected Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (a position I held for 19.5 years). In 1975, I established the research and consulting group, TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling Research Associates (TBS). Over the 31 years of its existence, (TBS) has provided a great service to industry and is internationally recognized for its contribution to research and its industrial interactions. Currently TBS is completing around 150 projects a year with a consulting turnover exceeding $1.6m. Apart from Australia, TBS has undertaken work for some 40 countries world wide.

Over the years, the research has been supported by grants from such bodies as the Wheat Industry Research Council, Commonwealth Rural Credits Research Fund, the ARGC (a forerunner of the ARC), the ARC, AMIRA and ACARP. In 1995 we were awarded an ARC Key Centre for Teaching and Research in Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies (CBSPT). (We were one of 7 Key Centres funded out of 96 applications). This was a joint Centre embracing the Universities of Newcastle and Wollongong. It was my initiative to apply for this Centre and I became the Director of the Centre in 1995. While the funding cycle from the ARC was 6 years, the Centre continues to operate in a self supporting mode. The interactive roles of TBS and CBSPT has proved to be very successful and, apart from the service provided to industry, the overriding benefit lies in the interaction with the Faculty of Engineering through teaching and support of undergraduate and post graduate students.

Research Expertise
As indicated above, my research career, which now spans a period of some 45 years, has been in various aspects of the field of Bulk Solids technology. The following subject areas are included: " Characterisation of bulk solids in terms of flow properties taking account of loading and environmental conditions " Flow patterns in bins and silos during the initial filling and discharge modes " Development of special testing equipment such as the large inverted shear cells and the flowability, unconfined compression, test and vibrated shear cell test " Loads in bin and silo walls taking account of the flow patterns, symmetrical loading and discharge and eccentric discharge " Loads on buried structures such as conveyor trestles and columns buried in stockpiles " Analysis and measurement of pulse load conditions during silo discharge under silo quaking conditions " Stockpile base pressures and live capacity prediction during gravity reclaim " Influence of vibrations on the discharge flow of bulk materials " Feeder and hopper interfacing for uniform draw-down and uniform, non segregated discharge and feed. " Blending and mixing of powders and bulk solids " Performance analysis optimization of the design of feeding equipment including belt, apron, vibratory, screw, tube, table rotary valve, oscillating plate and plough feeders " Transfer chutes for optimum performance and dust control " Belt conveyor performance and design " Performance of mechanical conveyors such as screw, vibratory conveyors and bucket elevators " Optimising the design and performance of reactor vessels for bio-degrading domestic waste " Dust control in load-out chutes and conveyor transfers During my research career, I have found my background in applied mechanics and systems theory to be of great assistance. For example my teaching in optimization theory using Calculus of Variations and extensions of that into the Control Systems through such applications embraced by Pontryagins Minimum Principle has, early in my research career, encouraged me to examine such problems as optimizing the flow of granular materials through transfer chutes. Such problems are an extension of Bernoullis, classical Brachistochrone problem, but in the chute case, friction and other resistive effects cannot be ignored. Another area of early interest involved the application of pseudo-random binary noise and on-line cross correlation to identify dynamic models for chute flow and conveyor vibrations. In the main my research is characterized by combinations of experimental and analytical methods, the analytical work being largely based on the fundamentals of applied mechanics. The overriding factor that governs the research arises from the problems in industry. Through our extensive consultative experience, there is no doubt that the problems in industry are orders of magnitude more difficult than the level of research knowledge to solve those problems. So we apply the research knowledge we have gained, supplemented by practical experience and basic engineering know-how to achieve solutions. Since research has to play a catch up role, our industrial consulting experience is invaluable providing the research directions for the students associated with our Centre.

Teaching Expertise
During my long academic career, I have taught almost every subject in the undergraduate degree program in Mechanical Engineering with my main focus on focused on Applied Mechanics, Vibration Theory and Control Systems. In addition, I have had extensive experience in teaching at the post graduate level. My teaching experience has been mainly at the University of Wollongong and the University of Newcastle. Also during periods of sabbatical leave, I have taught courses in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Twente in the Netherlands. I have presented a number of guest lectures and seminars at several Universities such as Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, University of Braunschweig, Germany, UMIST Manchester UK and Telemark Institute of Technology, Norway. In recent years, my main teaching is in the various subject areas of Bulk Solids Technology. Through the Key Centre, CBSPT, a coursework Masters degree, Master of Engineering Practice(MEngPrac) in Bulk Solids Handling, was established. This was quite a successful operation with subjects being offered on a 5 day intensive lecture basis followed by period of 12 weeks for assignment work. A work related project was included as part of the degree requirements. Course modules were offered at various locations throughout Australia as well as in South Africa. I am still involved in running professional development courses for industry in the various areas of Bulk Solids technology. Currently, around 5 courses a year are being run. On some occasions, the courses are offered on an in-house basis for specific companies.

Administrative Expertise
My administrative experience at the University of Newcastle embraces 11 years as Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering, almost 20 years as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and 7 years as Director of the School of Engineering and Architecture, the latter being linked to one of the Universitys re-organizational phases. I have served on some 25 University committees, in some cases as Chairman and in other cases as a committee member. Outside the University, I have been involved with several Australia wide committees, notably those of the Institution of Engineers Australia and was responsible for the establishment of the National Committee of Bulk Materials Handling. I was the foundation Chairman of that committee. I became the Director of the Key Centre (CBSPT) when it commenced in 1995. With regard to TUNRA, I have been a Director on the Board of TUNRA since 1974 and the Director of TBS since 1975. I was on the interim Board and later the Board of the Industry Technology Centre and the Industry Development Centre (IDC), as it is now known, and played a major role in having the Centre built on the Campus despite the push to have the Centre located elsewhere in Newcastle. During this formative period, an opportunity arose to have the IDC Annexe building located in Engineering. During the latter phase of my term as Dean before I retired the end of 1993, I had an active role in liaising with the CEO of Pacific Power to have the Advanced Technology Centre Building located on the University Campus. This building is now part of the University being occupied by Connell Wagner and the University.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Mechanical Engineering), University of New South Wales
  • Diploma - Sydney Technical College (Honours), Sydney Technical College
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of New South Wales
  • Honorary Doctorate - University of Newcastle, University of Newcastle
  • Honorary Doctor of Science -University Wollongong, University of Wollongong

Keywords

  • Applied Mechanics
  • Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Conveying and Transportation
  • Design
  • Particle Technology
  • Solids handling and processing
  • Systems Theory

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
091499 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified 50
091599 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified 5
091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified 45

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1989 -  Membership - The Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering The Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2003 Centenary Medal
Unknown
2003 Centenary Medal
Unknown

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2006 5th World Congress on Particle Technology
Organisation: Beckman-Coulter Description: Invited Beckman-Coulter Plenary Speaker to present the Opening Plenary Paper at the 5th World Congress on Particle Technology, Orlando, Florida, USA, April 2006. This is the premier symposium series in Particle Science and Technology. The symposia are held every four years.
2006 Bulk Europe Conference
Organisation: Vogel Transtech Description: Invited Opening Keynote Speaker at the inaugural Bulk Europe Conference, Barcelona, Spain. October 16-17
2006 5th World Congress on Particle Technology
Organisation: Beckman-Coulter Description: Invited Beckman-Coulter Plenary Speaker to present the Opening Plenary Paper at the 5th World Congress on Particle Technology, Orlando, Florida, USA, April 2006. This is the premier symposium series in Particle Science and Technology. The symposia are held every four years.
2006 Bulk Europe Conference
Organisation: Vogel Transtech Description: Invited Opening Keynote Speaker at the inaugural Bulk Europe Conference, Barcelona, Spain. October 16-17
2003 International Materials Handling Conference
Organisation: BELTCON 12 Description: Invited opening Keynote Speaker at BELTCON 12, International Materials Handling Conference, Barcelona, Spain
2003 International Materials Handling Conference
Organisation: BELTCON 12 Description: Invited opening Keynote Speaker at BELTCON 12, International Materials Handling Conference, Barcelona, Spain
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, Chen XL, Katterfeld A, 'Methods for the characterization and control of dust in materials handling applications with a specific focus on passive dust control in transfer chutes', Dust: Sources, Environmental Concerns and Control, NOVA Science Publishers, New York 99-142 (2012) [B1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2005 Roberts AW, 'Characterisation for hopper and stockpile design', Characterisation of bulk solids, Blackwell, Oxford 85-131 of 264 (2005) [B2]
Citations Scopus - 11
2001 Roberts AW, 'Recent developments in feeder design and performance', Handbook of Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids, Elsevier, Amsterdam 211-223 of 860 (2001) [B2]
2001 Roberts AW, 'Recent developments in belt conveying - bulk solids and conveyor belt interactions', Handbook of conveying and handling of particulate solids, Elsevier, Amsterdam 225-233 of 860 (2001) [B2]
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Journal article (45 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Guo J, Roberts AW, Prigge J-D, 'Experimental investigation of wall pressure and arching behavior under surcharge pressure in mass-flow hoppers', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 258 272-284 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.powtec.2014.03.048
2014 He Y, Roberts AW, Prigge J-D, Jones MG, 'Pressures on the support columns buried in iron ore stockpiles', Powder Technology, 258 358-369 (2014) [C1]

This paper presents the results of experimental investigations aimed at the determination of the loads exerted on support structures buried in gravity reclaim stockpiles. Structur... [more]

This paper presents the results of experimental investigations aimed at the determination of the loads exerted on support structures buried in gravity reclaim stockpiles. Structures, such as trestle legs to support load-out conveyors in open stockpiles, or columns to support roof structures and load-out conveyors of enclosed bulk solids storage sheds are subject to the loads exerted by the surrounding bulk solids. The complexity of these loads has been discussed recently (Roberts, 2007 [1], Katterfeld and Roberts, 2009 [2]). According to the theoretical approach proposed by Roberts, both active and passive stress states in bulk solids contribute considerably to the pressure distributions on these support columns. The findings of the preliminary experimental studies carried out by Roberts match with the theoretical predictions. However, follow-up work is required to further validate and improve the design equations for the determination of the loads on support columns. Based on Roberts' prediction model, a laboratory scale test rig was constructed to measure the loads on both the front and rear faces of a buried column. Tekscan tactile pressure sensors were employed in the pressure measurements. Stockpile tests under three different conditions were investigated, and the measured results correlate well with theoretical predictions from modified Roberts' theory. The outcome confirms that Roberts' theory can contribute to the design criterion regarding the loads on buried structures in stockpiles. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

DOI 10.1016/j.powtec.2014.03.044
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Mark Jones
2014 Roberts AW, Krull T, Williams KC, 'Load stability of bulk cargoes during ship transport', Bulk Solids Handling, 34 50-57 (2014) [C2]

The safe ocean transport of bulk cargoes on large bulk ships is vitally dependent on the stability of the cargo under the influence of the rolling pitching and yawing motion of th... [more]

The safe ocean transport of bulk cargoes on large bulk ships is vitally dependent on the stability of the cargo under the influence of the rolling pitching and yawing motion of the ship and the transmission of vibration from the ship's engine and propulsion machinery as well as wave motion induced whipping. Safety standards for ship transport are set by such bodies as the International Maritime Organisation with recommended tests for the assessment of bulk ores deemed suitable for safe ship transport. These test procedures are somewhat empirical and take no account of the well established and proven flow property tests, analysis and design methodologies widely accepted in field of bulk solids handling. These matters are discussed in this article. The stress states in loaded bulk cargoes are examined with respect to the establishment of maximum limits for surface rill angles as a function of a ship's roll angles.

Co-authors Ken Williams
2014 Esmaili AA, Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, McBride WM, Roberts AW, 'On the analysis of a coarse particle free falling material stream', International Journal of Mineral Processing, (2014)

In many industries across the world, the topic of dust control is a major concern. Within the bulk material handling process the action of material free fall is generally unavoida... [more]

In many industries across the world, the topic of dust control is a major concern. Within the bulk material handling process the action of material free fall is generally unavoidable. In this case, the adjacent air surrounding the free falling stream is induced into the stream of bulk material as the particles naturally dilate, which results in generation of dust upon subsequent compaction of the stream. Obtaining a better understanding of the way air is induced into the stream of bulk material, and the quantity of the induced air, will assist in the design of more efficient dust control systems.In this paper the interaction between the particles and the air is reviewed. A series of computer simulations and physical experiments have been carried out. The particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique has been employed to measure the fluid velocity within a free falling stream of coarse material. Each experiment was also simulated using Ansys CFX. Particle and air velocities as well as air entrainment readings from simulation have been compared with experimental measurements and theoretical formulas. The experimental programme was designed and conducted to classify the effect of particle diameter and particle density independently. This paper presents several distinct sections that detail the experimental and simulation results as well as a comparison of these two methods while also including a discussion of existing theories.

DOI 10.1016/j.minpro.2015.02.013
Co-authors William Mcbride, Craig Wheeler
2013 Esmaili AA, Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, McBride WM, Roberts AW, 'A new approach for calculating the mass flow rate of entrained air in a freefalling material stream', Particulate Science and Technology, 31 248-255 (2013) [C1]

This article presents the outcomes from a series of physical experiments to measure the air entrainment rates encountered within a stream of freefalling particles. The experimenta... [more]

This article presents the outcomes from a series of physical experiments to measure the air entrainment rates encountered within a stream of freefalling particles. The experimental work presented spans a range of particle parameters and hopper geometries. From these results a new theory for the prediction of air entrainment is developed and presented. This new method was developed specifically to facilitate a better understanding in the area of fugitive dust control associated with material handling systems, which are driven by the air entrainment during freefalling. From the work presented in this article, a better prediction capability of freefalling bulk materials in either constrained, or unconstrained systems, will allow for the optimization of either passive or active dust control strategies. This article presents several distinct sections that detail the experimental work used to determine the freefall stream parameters that were conducted to allow the development of the entrainment equations. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

DOI 10.1080/02726351.2012.715617
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2012 Chen XL, Wheeler CA, Donohue TJ, McLean R, Roberts AW, 'Evaluation of dust emissions from conveyor transfer chutes using experimental and CFD simulation', International Journal of Mineral Processing, 110-111 101-108 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.minpro.2012.04.008
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2012 Chen XL, Wheeler CA, Donohue TJ, Roberts AW, Jones MG, 'Prediction of dust emissions from belt conveyor transfer chutes', Bulk Solids & Powder Science and Technology, - 44-49 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Mark Jones
2010 Roberts AW, 'Review of mass-flow hopper design with respect to stress fields and surcharge loads', Particuology, 8 591-594 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.partic.2010.07.016
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
2010 Donohue TJ, Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, McBride W, 'Computer simulations as a tool for investigating dust generation in bulk solids handling operations', Particle and Particle Systems Characterization, 26 265-274 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ppsc.200900096
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2008 Roberts AW, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, 'Characterisation of stringy, compressible bulk waste materials in relation to reactor vessel design', Bulk Solids & Powder: Science & Technology, 3 57-61 (2008) [C1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Mark Jones
2008 Roberts AW, Jones MG, 'A review of developments in the mechanical transport of bulk solids', Bulk Solids & Powder: Science & Technology, 3 162-172 (2008) [C1]
Co-authors Mark Jones
2008 Roberts AW, Jones MG, 'Performance analysis of a rotary spreader', Bulk Solids & Powder: Science & Technology, 3 147-152 (2008) [C1]
Co-authors Mark Jones
2008 Wiche SJ, Wheeler CA, Krull T, Roberts AW, Ilic D, 'Dust generation during shiploading: Reducing emissions from ship holds', Bulk Solids Handling, 28 542-551 (2008) [C2]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2007 Ilic D, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Bulk solid interactions in belt conveying systems: Transition zone', Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 24 345-351 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ppsc.200601132
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2007 Roberts AW, 'Load on support structural elements buried in stockpiles', Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 24 352-359 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ppsc.200701134
Citations Web of Science - 1
2007 Wheeler CA, Krull T, Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, 'Design of ship loading chutes to reduce dust emissions', Process Safety Progress, 26 229-234 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/prs.10180
Citations Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2007 Ilic D, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Experimental investigation of bulk solid and conveyor belt interactions', Australian Bulk Handling Review, 12 76-81 (2007) [C2]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2007 Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, Wiche SJ, 'The mechanics of feeding bulk solids in a rotary dryer', Particulate Science and Technology, 25 327-343 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02726350701483909
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2006 Roberts AW, 'Performance of orbiting screw reclaimers', Bulk Solids Handling, 26 24-31 (2006) [C2]
Citations Scopus - 3
2006 Roberts AW, 'Lateral bending stiffness of helical screw feeders and conveyors', Bulk Solids Handling, 26 90-94 (2006) [C2]
Citations Scopus - 1
2006 Roberts AW, 'Bulk Solids Handling: Editorial', Bulk Solids Handling, 26 3 (2006) [C3]
2005 Wiche SJ, Keys S, Roberts AW, 'Abrasion wear tester for bulk solids handling applications', Wear, 258 251-257 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.wear.2004.09.014
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
2004 Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, Jones MG, 'Calculating the flexure resistance of bulk solids transported on belt conveyors', Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 21 340-347 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ppsc.200400936
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Mark Jones
2004 Roberts AW, 'Predicting abrasive wear in enclosed screw conveyors', Bulk Solids and Powder Science Technology, 1 23-43 (2004) [C2]
2003 Roberts AW, 'Review of the 'silo quaking' problem in bins of various geometrical shapes and flow patterns', Task Force Quarterley, 7 (2003) [C2]
2003 Krull T, Jones MG, Roberts AW, Wypych PW, 'Measurement of the Stress Transmission Coefficient of Material Slugs in an Aerated Radial Stress Chamber', Particulate Science & Technology, 21 327-341 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02726350390240189
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Mark Jones
2003 Roberts AW, Jones MG, 'Analysis of Forced Flow of Granular Materials in Vertical Pipes without and with Air Permeation', Particulate Science and Technology, 21 25-44 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02726350307497
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Mark Jones
2003 Roberts AW, 'Chute Performance and Design for Rapid Flow Conditions', Chemical Engineering & Technology, 26 163-170 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ceat.200390024
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 11
2002 Roberts AW, Wensrich CM, 'Flow dynamics or 'quaking'in gravity discharge from silos', Chemical Engineering Science, 57 295-305 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Christopher Wensrich
2002 Roberts AW, 'Design and performance criteria for screw conveyors in bulk solids operation', Bulk Solids Handling, 22 436-444 (2002) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 6
2001 Roberts AW, 'An Overview of Feeder Design Focusing on Belt and Apron Feeders', Bulk Solids Handling The International Journal of Storing, Handling & Transporating Bulk, 21 13-25 (2001) [C3]
2001 Roberts AW, 'Editorial', Bulk Solids Handling The International Journal of Storing, Handling & Transportating BUlk, 21 1-3 (2001) [C3]
2001 Roberts AW, 'Recent developments in belt conveying - bulk solid and conveyor belt interations', Handbook of Powder Technology, 10 225-233 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4
2001 Roberts AW, 'Recent developments in feeder design and performance', Handbook of Powder Technology, 10 211-223 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
1999 Roberts AW, 'The influence of granular vortex motion on the volumetric performance of enclosed screw conveyors', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 104 56-67 (1999)
DOI 10.1016/S0032-5910(99)00039-X
Citations Scopus - 36Web of Science - 25
1999 Roberts AW, 'The Influence of Granular Vortex Motion on the Volumetric Performance of Enclosed Screw Conveyors', Powder Technology, 104 55-67 (1999) [C1]
1999 Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, 'Interrelation Between Chute Geometry and Conveyor Belt Wear', Bulk Solids Handling, 19 No 1 (1999) [C2]
1999 Kirkwood C, Roberts AW, Craig D, 'The Anti-Segregation and Blending Characteristics of a Mass-Flow Hopper and Rotary Valve', Powder Handling & Processing, 11 71-74 (1999) [C2]
Citations Scopus - 1
1998 Roberts AW, 'Particle Technology - Reflections and Horizons: An Engineering Practice', Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 76 775-796 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 7
1998 Roberts AW, 'Bulk Solid and Conveyor Belt Interactions for Efficient Transportation Without Spillage', The International Journal of Storing, Handling & Transporting Bulk Solids Handling, 18 49-57 (1998) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 12
1993 ROBERTS AW, SOLLIE LA, DESILVA S, 'THE INTERACTION OF BULK SOLID CHARACTERISTICS AND SURFACE PARAMETERS IN SURFACE OR BOUNDARY FRICTION MEASUREMENTS', TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 26 335-343 (1993)
DOI 10.1016/0301-679X(93)90070-H
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9
1993 ROBERTS AW, WICHE SJ, 'PREDICTION OF LINING WEAR LIFE OF BINS AND CHUTES IN BULK SOLIDS HANDLING OPERATIONS', TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 26 345-351 (1993)
DOI 10.1016/0301-679X(93)90071-8
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 11
1986 PARBERY RD, ROBERTS AW, 'ON EQUIVALENT FRICTION FOR THE ACCELERATED GRAVITY FLOW OF ANTIGRANULOCYTES-MATERIALS IN CHUTES', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 48 75-79 (1986)
DOI 10.1016/0032-5910(86)80067-5
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
1985 BAGSTER DF, ROBERTS AW, 'THE EFFECT OF LARGE PARTICLES ON THE FLOW PROPERTIES OF POWDERS', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 43 11-17 (1985)
DOI 10.1016/0032-5910(85)80074-7
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 7
1978 ROBERTS AW, SCOTT OJ, 'INVESTIGATION INTO EFFECTS OF SINUSOIDAL AND RANDOM VIBRATIONS ON STRENGTH AND FLOW PROPERTIES OF BULK SOLIDS', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 21 45-53 (1978)
DOI 10.1016/0032-5910(78)80106-5
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
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Conference (79 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Esmaili AA, Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, McBride WM, Roberts AW, 'CFD modeling of a coarse particle free falling material stream', ICBMH 2013 - 11th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation, Newcastle, NSW (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2013 Guo J, Roberts AW, Prigge J-D, 'Experimental and simulation investigation of flow patterns and feeder loads at hopper/feeder interface', Proceedings. ICBMH 2013 - 11th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation, Newcastle, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013 He Y, Roberts AW, Prigge J-D, 'The influence of material cohesion on the loads exerted on support structures buried in stockpiles', Proceedings. ICBMH 2013 - 11th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation, Newcastle, Australia (2013) [E1]
2012 Ilic D, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Investigation of transport loads in troughed belt conveying systems', Papers. Bulk Solids Europe 2012 International Conference on Storing, Handling and Transporting Bulk, Berlin, Germany (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2012 Guo J, Roberts AW, Prigge J-D, 'The investigation of arch model acting in mass-flow hoppers', Advanced Materials Research, Shanghai, China (2012) [E1]
DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.508.135
2012 He YY, Roberts AW, Prigge J-D, 'Investigation of flow channel geometry and draw-down in funnel-flow bins and stockpiles', Measurement and Control of Granular Materials, Shanghai, China (2012) [E1]
2012 Chen XL, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Experimental validation of the simulation of multiphase flow in conveyor transfer chute using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)', 7th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids (CHoPS), Freidrichschafen, Germany (2012) [E2]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2011 Roberts AW, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, Wiche SJ, Krull T, 'Optimising the design of large scale storage, load-out and conveying facilities - An Australian perspective', Materials Handling Engineers Association 2011 Bulk Handling Conference, Lincolnshire, UK (2011) [E2]
Co-authors Mark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2010 Chen XL, Wheeler CA, Donohue TJ, Roberts AW, 'Investigation of belt conveyor transfer chute configurations to reduce dust generation using CFD modeling', 2010 International Conference on Advanced Mechanical Engineering, AME 2010, Luoyang, China (2010) [E1]
DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.26-28.1126
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2010 Donohue TJ, Esmaili AA, McBride W, Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, 'An investigation into the diameter of a material stream in freefall', Chemeca 2010: Proceedings of the 40th Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference, Adelaide, Australia (2010) [E1]
Co-authors William Mcbride, Craig Wheeler
2009 Donohue TJ, Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, McBride W, 'Analysis of transfer chute performance focusing on reduced dust emissions', 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering 2009, Montreal, Quebec (2009) [E2]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2009 Williams KC, Katterfeld A, Roberts AW, 'Time dependence effects during conveying of particulate material: A comparison between real world behaviour and calculation theory', 6th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids with 10th ICBMH and BULKEX: Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Ken Williams
2009 Donohue TJ, Ilic D, Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, McBride W, 'A coupled continuum and CFD model to investigate the effects of dust generation', 6th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids with 10th ICBMH and BULKEX: Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2008 Donohue TJ, Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, McBride W, 'Dust suppression and the use of CFD software', Innovation in Bulk Materials Handling & Processing 2008 Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]
Co-authors William Mcbride, Craig Wheeler
2008 Roberts AW, 'Shock loads in an iron ore train loading bin', Structures and Granular Solids: From Scientific Princ. to Eng. Appl. - An Int. Conf. in Celebration of the 60th Birthday of Prof. J. Michael Rotter - Proc. Int. Conf. on Structures and Granular Solids, Royal Soc Edinburgh, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND (2008) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 2
2008 Donohue TJ, Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, McBride W, 'The application of CFD to investigate chute geometry to minimise dust generation', International Conference on Storing, Handling and Transporting Bulk, Prague, Czech Republic (2008) [E1]
Co-authors William Mcbride, Craig Wheeler
2008 Ilic D, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Investigation of bulk solid stress states on a belt conveyor test rig', International Conference on Storing, Handling and Transporting Bulk, Prague, Czech Republic (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2008 Wiche SJ, Wheeler CA, Krull T, Roberts AW, Ilic D, 'Reducing dust emissions from ship holds during loading of bulk solids', International Conference on Storing, Handling and Transporting Bulk, Prague, Czech Republic (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2007 Roberts AW, 'Loads on support structural elements buried in stockpiles', Particle and Particle Systems Characterization (2007) [E1]

The paper presents a theory, combined with design equations, to compute the loads on structural elements, such as conveyor trestle legs or support columns buried in bulk solid sto... [more]

The paper presents a theory, combined with design equations, to compute the loads on structural elements, such as conveyor trestle legs or support columns buried in bulk solid storage systems such as stock piles. The stress conditions in the stored bulk solid in the immediate region of the buried structural element are shown to be a combination of active and passive stress states which are dependent on the method of filling and reclaim employed and the flow properties of the bulk solid. The theory examines the various loading conditions focusing on the determination of the lateral or bending load distribution as well as the compressive, in-plane shear traction loads which may influence the buckling effect in buried structural support columns. The paper is illustrated by reference to a case study involving vertical support columns in a large bulk fertilizer shed. Experimental results performed on a small scale model of the bulk fertilizer facility are shown to confirm the predicted results. © 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

DOI 10.1002/ppsc.200701134
Citations Scopus - 2
2007 Ilic D, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Investigation of bulk solid and conveyor belt interactions', ICBMH 2007. 9th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2007 Katterfield A, Roberts AW, 'Loads on buried columns - Comparison between classical and DEM solutions', ICBMH 2007. 9th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]
2007 Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, 'Influence of impact loads on dump hopper arching dimensions and feeder loads', ICBMH 2007. 9th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]
2007 Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, Krull T, 'Review of rathole determination in relation to draw-down and live capacity of gravity reclaim stockpiles', ICBMH 2007. 9th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]
2006 Roberts AW, 'Bulk solids handling: An Historical overview and current developments', -, Spain (2006) [E1]
2006 Roberts AW, 'Particle and bulk solids handling technology bridging the theory practice gap', AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings (2006) [E1]

A review of Particle Technology as it relates to the storage, flow and handling of bulk solids is presented. While noting that the development of this subject spans a period of so... [more]

A review of Particle Technology as it relates to the storage, flow and handling of bulk solids is presented. While noting that the development of this subject spans a period of some 125 years, the paper focuses on the significant contributions over the past 50 years both during, and subsequent to, the work of Jenike. The work has covered such topics as flow property testing, theories of flow, modelling of particle systems by continuum theory and discrete elements, vibrations of powders, blending and mixing and wall loads under initial filling, flow and pulsing conditions. The problems in many industrial operations are often orders of magnitude more difficult than the level of fundamental research available to solve them. So the approach is to apply a combination of theory at the current state of knowledge, some basic mechanics and "engineering judgment". While this may satisfy the immediate needs of industry, the important "spin off' is the identification of areas for longer term, research. While not diminishing the value of unconstrained, fundamental research, it is particularly important that considerable research effort be directed at those known, complex, industrial problems where improved solutions leading to more efficient performance have a high priority. These objectives are illustrated and some thoughts for future strategic research are presented.

2006 McBride W, Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, 'Technological advancements in bulk materials flowability tester', Bulk Materials Handling Conference Proceedings CD-Rom, Brisbane (2006) [E2]
Co-authors William Mcbride
2006 Krull T, Jones MG, Roberts AW, 'Measurement of Wall Friction in Slug Flow Pneumatic Conveying', CHoPS-05, 2006 Conference Proceedings CD-Rom, Sorrento, Italy (2006) [E2]
Co-authors Mark Jones
2006 Ilic D, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Bulk Solid and Conveyor Belt Interactions in Belt Conveying Systems: Transition Zone', CHoPS-05, 2006 Conference Proceedings CD-Rom, Sorrento, Italy (2006) [E2]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2006 Wheeler CA, Krull T, Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, 'Reducing Dust Emissions from Grain Handling Ship Loaders', Proceedings of The Fifth World Congress on Particle Technology CD-Rom, Florida, USA (2006) [E2]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2005 Wheeler CA, Versteegh R, Lodewijks G, Roberts AW, 'Experimental simulation of conveyor belt cleaning', Bulk Asia 2005 Conference Proceedings, Mumbai, India (2005) [E2]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2005 Krull T, Jones MG, Roberts AW, 'Dynamic measurement of critical flow parameters for slug flow pneumatic conveying', Particulate Systems Analysis 2005 (CD Rom), Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom (2005) [E2]
Co-authors Mark Jones
2005 Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, McBride W, 'Development and Application of a Uniaxial Type Flowability Tester for Characterising Bulk Solids', Particulate Systems Analysis 2005 (CD Rom), Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom (2005) [E2]
Co-authors William Mcbride
2005 Roberts AW, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, Birch LN, 'Characterisation of Stringy, Compressible Bulk Waste Materials in Relation to Reactor Vessel Design', Particulate Systems Analysis 2005 (CD Rom), Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom (2005) [E2]
Co-authors Mark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2005 Roberts AW, Wensrich CM, Stratton RE, 'Influence of Flow Properties and Geometry an Chute Design and Performance', Particulate Systems Analysis 2005 (CD Rom), Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom (2005) [E2]
Co-authors Christopher Wensrich
2004 Roberts AW, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, Wiche SJ, 'Controlling consolidation pressures, bulk density and permeability in storage vessels for compressible bulk materials', Conference Paper, Wollongong, Australia (2004) [E1]
Co-authors Mark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2004 Krull T, Jones MG, Roberts AW, Wypych P, Hastie D, 'Stress field measurements in slug flow pneumatic conveying', Conference Paper, Wollongong, Australia (2004) [E1]
Co-authors Mark Jones
2004 Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, McBride W, 'A Flowability Tester for Characterising Bulk Solids', Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Bulk Materials, Storage, Handling and Transportation, University of Wollongong (2004) [E1]
Co-authors William Mcbride
2004 Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, Illic D, Plint SJ, 'Flow Dynamics and Wear Considerations in Transfer Chute Design', Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Bulk Materials, Storage, Handling and Transportation, University of Wollongong (2004) [E1]
2004 Tan S, Jones MG, Roberts AW, 'Approaches to Software Systems for Mass Flow Bin Geometry Determination', Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Bulk Materials, Storage, Handling and Transportation, University of Wollongong (2004) [E1]
Co-authors Mark Jones
2004 Wiche SJ, Keys S, Roberts AW, 'Measurement of Abrasive Wear for Bulk Solids Handling Applications', Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Bulk Materials, Storage, Handling and Transportation, University of Wollongong (2004) [E1]
2003 Roberts AW, 'A tribute to BELTCON. Bulk Solids Handling, a Historical Review and Current Developments', Proceedings of BELTCON 12, International Materials Handling Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa (2003) [E1]
2003 Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, McBride B, 'A Flowability tester for bulk solids flow measurements', Proceedings of the 4th International Conference for conveying and Handling of Bulk Solids, Budapest, Hungary (2003) [E1]
2003 Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, Wiche SJ, 'The Mechanics of feeding bulk solids in a rotary dryer', Proceedings of the 4th International Conference for conveying and Handling of Bulk Solids, Budapest, Hungary (2003) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2003 Manjunath KS, Roberts AW, 'Investigation into the performance of tube type feeders', Proceedings of the 4th International Conference for conveying and Handling of Bulk Solids, Budapest, Hungary (2003) [E1]
2003 Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, Jones MG, 'The Flexure Resistance of Bulk Solids Transported on Belt Conveyors', The 4th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids, Budapest (2003) [E2]
Co-authors Mark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2002 Jones MG, Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, 'Effect of consolidation pressures in storage vessels on bulk density and permeability', World Congress on Particle Technology 4 (CD), Sydney, Australia (2002) [E1]
Co-authors Mark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2002 Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, McBride W, 'Development of bulk solid flowability test machine', World Congress on Particle Technology 4 (CD), Sydney, Australia (2002) [E1]
Co-authors William Mcbride
2002 Manjunath K, Roberts AW, 'Optimising the design of screw feeders for bulk solids flow', World Congress on Particle Technology 4 (CD), Sydney, Australia (2002) [E1]
2002 Roberts AW, 'Feed and transfer chute performance and design', World Congress on Particle Technology 4 (CD), Sydney, Australia (2002) [E1]
2001 Pan R, Reid AM, Roberts AW, Jones MG, 'Pneumatic Blending and Mixing of Bulk Solids', 6th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (CDROM), Melbourne, Australia (2001) [E1]
Co-authors Mark Jones
2001 Roberts AW, 'Design and Performance Criteria for Screw Conveyors in Bulk Solids Operation', The Seventh International Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transporation Conference Proceedings Volume One, Newcastle, Australia (2001) [E1]
2001 Roberts AW, 'Chute design considerations for feeding and transfer', Proceedings BELTCON 11, International Materials Handling Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa (2001) [E1]
2001 Roberts AW, 'Design considerations and performance evaluation of screw conveyors', Proceedings BELTCON 11, International Materials Handling Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa (2001) [E1]
2001 Roberts AW, 'Aspects of Screw Conveyor Design Taking Account of the Flow Properties of the Bulk Material', Proceedings of Powder & Bulk Solids Conference/Exhibition, Illinois, USA (2001) [E2]
2001 Roberts AW, Wensrich CM, 'Pulsating flow or 'Quaking' in gravity discharge from bins', Proceedings of the NEPTIS 9 Symposium, Kyoto, Japan (2001) [E1]
2000 Roberts AW, 'Correct Hopper and Feeder Interfacing for Optimum Performance', 2000 Proceedings of the Conference Seminars, Chicago (2000) [E2]
2000 Roberts AW, 'Predicting the Performance of Enclosed Screw Conveyors', IMechE Conference Transactions, London (2000) [E1]
2000 Roberts AW, 'Predicting the Performance of Front Inclined Apron Feeders', IMechE Conference Transactions, London (2000) [E1]
2000 Roberts AW, 'Developments in Belt Conveying, Technology and Associated Feeding of Bulk Solids', IMechE Conference Transactions, London (2000) [E1]
Citations Web of Science - 1
2000 Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Measurement of the Main Resistance of Horizontal Belt Conveying', IMechE ConferenceTransactions, London (2000) [E1]
Citations Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2000 Liu Y, Roberts AW, Chambers AJ, 'The Effect of Oils of Coal Mechanical Properties', IMechE ConferenceTransactions, London (2000) [E1]
Citations Web of Science - 2
2000 Wensrich CM, Roberts AW, 'The role of slip-stick motion in silo quaking', FROM POWDER TO BULK, IMECHE HEADQUARTERS, LONDON, ENGLAND (2000)
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Christopher Wensrich
1999 Roberts AW, 'Feeders and Transfers - Recent Developments', Bulkex 99', Sydney (1999) [E2]
1999 Roberts AW, 'Flow Pulsations in the Gravity Flow of Bulk Solids and the Influence on Silo Loads', Chemeca 99, Newcastle (1999) [E1]
1999 Roberts AW, 'Maximising Feeder and Materials Transfer through Innovative Feeder and Chute Design', Improving Conveyor Performance in Mining, Perth, Sydney (1999) [E2]
1999 Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, 'Crticial Carry-Back and Belt Cleaning Issues', Improving Conveyor Performance in Mining, Perth, Sydney (1999) [E2]
1999 Roberts AW, 'Mechanical Transport in Bulk Solids Processing and Handling', Relpowflo III, Porsgrunn (1999) [E2]
1999 Roberts AW, 'Bulk Solids and Belt Interactions in Horizontal and Inclined Belt Conveying', Relpowflo III, Porsgrunn (1999) [E2]
1998 Lui Y, Chambers AJ, Roberts AW, 'Physical Properties and the Strength of Coal', Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation, Wollongong (1998) [E1]
1998 Kirkwood C, Roberts AW, Craig DA, 'The Anti-Segregation and Blending Characteristics of a Mass-Flow Hopper and Rotary Valve', Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation, Wollongong (1998) [E1]
1998 Roberts AW, 'Interfacing Feeders with Mass-Flow Hoppers for Optimal Performance', Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation, Wollongong (1998) [E1]
1998 Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, 'Feed Chute Geometry for Minimum Belt Wear', Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation, Wollongong (1998) [E1]
1998 Roberts AW, 'Bulk Solids Handling - Towards the 21st Century', Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation, Wollongong (1998) [E1]
1998 Liu Y, Chambers AJ, Roberts AW, 'Physical Properties and Strength of Coal', Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation, Wollongong (1998) [E1]
1998 Roberts AW, 'Dynamic Modelling of Bulk Solids Storage and Discharge Systems', World Congress on Particle Technology 3 (on CD-ROM), Brighton, UK (1998) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 3
1998 Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, 'Investigation into Obtaining Constant Feed Rates from Screw Feeders', World Congress on Particle Technology 3 (on CD-ROM), Brighton, U.K. (1998) [E1]
1994 ROBERTS AW, 'DEVELOPMENTS IN SILO DESIGN FOR THE SAFE AND EFFICIENT STORAGE AND HANDLING OF GRAIN', STORED PRODUCT PROTECTION, VOLS 1 AND 2, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (1994)
1994 CRAIG DA, ROBERTS AW, 'DESIGNING MASS-FLOW SILOS FOR THE HOMOGENIZATION OF BULK MATERIALS IN AXI-SYMMETRIC AND PLANE SYMMETRIC FLOW SILOS', INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION (MECH 94) - RESOURCE ENGINEERING, PREPRINTS OF PAPERS, VOL 2, PERTH, AUSTRALIA (1994)
1994 CRAIG DA, ROBERTS AW, 'DESIGN OF INTERNAL SILO SUPPORTS IN RELATION TO ECCENTRIC BULK MATERIAL DISCHARGE', INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION (MECH 94) - RESOURCE ENGINEERING, PREPRINTS OF PAPERS, VOL 2, PERTH, AUSTRALIA (1994)
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Number of grants 43
Total funding $16,810,780

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20152 grants / $237,401

AMIRA Project P1150 - Moisture Measurement and Control for Iron Ore Conveyor Systems$162,501

Funding body: AMIRA International Limited

Funding body AMIRA International Limited
Project Team Doctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Wei Chen, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Prof MARK Jones, Mr TOBIAS Krull
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500712
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

ACARP Project C24062 – Coal TML UoN Research Component$74,900

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Wei Chen, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr TOBIAS Krull
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500447
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

20144 grants / $1,833,135

ACARP Project C24001 - Transportable Moisture Limit of Coal – Stage 2$1,381,000

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Kenneth Williams, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Doctor Wei Chen, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr TOBIAS Krull, Mr DUSAN Ilic
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400689
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Transport able Moisture Limit of Coal Bulk Cargoes$277,135

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Kenneth Williams, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Tristan Perez, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr TOBIAS Krull, Mr DUSAN Ilic
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301436
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Revised dustiness and dust extinction moisture testing method (update of AS 4156.6)$130,000

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Mr John Planner
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400429
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Theoretical Analysis of Conveyor Belt Weighing $45,000

Funding body: Control Systems Technology Pty Ltd

Funding body Control Systems Technology Pty Ltd
Project Team Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Leonard Burrell
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301102
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20134 grants / $5,795,558

ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore$3,273,780

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Bob Loo, Dr Benjamin Ellis, Mr Gregory Elphick, Mr Taavi Orupold, Mrs Lisa Allen
Scheme Industrial Transformation Research Hubs
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1400313
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore$1,500,000

Funding body: BHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd

Funding body BHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd
Project Team Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Bob Loo, Dr Benjamin Ellis, Mr Gregory Elphick, Mr Taavi Orupold, Mrs Lisa Allen
Scheme Industrial Transformation Research Hub Partner funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1400793
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore$1,000,000

Funding body: BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd

Funding body BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd
Project Team Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Bob Loo, Dr Benjamin Ellis, Mr Gregory Elphick, Mr Taavi Orupold, Mrs Lisa Allen
Scheme Industrial Transformation Research Hub Partner funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1400794
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Towards the Next Generation Train Loaders for the Minerals Industries$21,778

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Kenneth Williams
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301053
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $386,000

A Systematic Evaluation of Transportable Moisture Limit Measurement Methods for Iron Ore Bulk Cargoes$386,000

Funding body: AMIRA International Limited

Funding body AMIRA International Limited
Project Team Doctor Kenneth Williams, Mr TOBIAS Krull, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Tristan Perez, Professor Mark Jones, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200568
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20111 grants / $180,000

An investigation of granular stress fields and permeability interactions in gas-solid flow$180,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Doctor Kenneth Williams
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000218
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20102 grants / $750,000

Development of a High Capacity Steep Angle Belt Conveying System$450,000

Funding body: Technological Resources Pty Ltd.

Funding body Technological Resources Pty Ltd.
Project Team Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Andre Katterfeld
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000601
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Analytical, Numerical and Testing Procedures for Improved Design and Performance of Bulk Solids Systems$300,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Associate Professor Bill McBride, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Andre Katterfeld
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190069
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20091 grants / $700,000

Development of a High Capacity Steep Angle Belt Conveying System$700,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Andre Katterfeld
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189754
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20085 grants / $1,113,000

Development of a new generation low rolling resistance conveyor belt$533,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Lawrence Nordell, Dr Robin Steven
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188446
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Passive Control of Dust Emissions from Belt Conveyor Systems$280,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Associate Professor Bill McBride
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0187541
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Development of a new generation low rolling resistance conveyor belt$100,000

Funding body: Conveyor Dynamics, Inc

Funding body Conveyor Dynamics, Inc
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Lawrence Nordell, Dr Robin Steven
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189238
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Development of a new generation low rolling resistance conveyor belt$100,000

Funding body: Veyance Belting Pty Ltd

Funding body Veyance Belting Pty Ltd
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Lawrence Nordell, Dr Robin Steven
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189239
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Development of a new generation low rolling resistance conveyor belt$100,000

Funding body: Laing ORourke Australia Construction Pty Limited

Funding body Laing ORourke Australia Construction Pty Limited
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Lawrence Nordell, Dr Robin Steven
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189240
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20071 grants / $300,000

Modelling and Optimisation of Belt Conveyor Systems$300,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186345
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20062 grants / $569,282

PRC - Priority Research Centre for Advanced Particle Processing$549,282

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Professor Geoffrey Evans, Professor Mark Jones, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Erica Wanless
Scheme Priority Research Centre
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186920
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Optimisation of Belt Conveyor Systems$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186089
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $350,000

Modelling the Transient Effects in Dense Phase Gas-Solids Flow in Pipelines.$350,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184413
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20031 grants / $335,000

Modelling and Characterisation of Stringy/Compressible Bulk Materials.$335,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182080
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20025 grants / $500,500

Advancements in Belt Conveying$276,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr S Wiche, Mr R Law, Mr L Burrell, Mr G James
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181159
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Optimisation of Mass Flow Bin Design Using 3D Parametric Modelling$163,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Mark Jones, Dr Renhu Pan, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Mr C Benjamin, Mr A Burleigh, Mr J Nemeth, Ms L Plambeck
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181150
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Advancements in Belt Conveying.$20,500

Funding body: Engineering Services and Supplies Pty Ltd

Funding body Engineering Services and Supplies Pty Ltd
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr S Wiche, Mr R Law, Mr L Burrell, Mr G James
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182554
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Advancements in Belt Conveying.$20,500

Funding body: Control Systems Technology Pty Ltd

Funding body Control Systems Technology Pty Ltd
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr S Wiche, Mr R Law, Mr L Burrell, Mr G James
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182555
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Advancements in Belt Conveying.$20,500

Funding body: Bechtel Services (Australia) Pty Ltd

Funding body Bechtel Services (Australia) Pty Ltd
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr S Wiche, Mr R Law, Mr L Burrell, Mr G James
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182556
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20012 grants / $169,610

Granular Mechanics of Slugs in Low-Velocity Slug-Flow Pneumatic Conveying$157,610

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Assoc. Prof P Wypych, Dr Renhu Pan
Scheme Large Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0179263
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Particulate Mechanics and Mechantronic Control in Dense-Phase Pneumatic Conveying$12,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Dr Renhu Pan, Professor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0180101
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20001 grants / $10,000

Pneumatic Blending and Mixing of Bulk Solids$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Dr Renhu Pan, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178803
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19991 grants / $12,500

Basic Processes Affecting Wall Friction Measurements$12,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Bruce King, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0178062
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19971 grants / $217,800

Effect of Coal Constituents on Storage and Transport of Coal.$217,800

Funding body: Australian Coal Association

Funding body Australian Coal Association
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Research Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0177044
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

19954 grants / $2,978,914

Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies$2,489,500

Funding body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Funding body Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Key Centres of Teaching & Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175942
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technology$312,002

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Special Research Initiatives
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0176406
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

95APP. Blending and mixing of bulk solids.$137,412

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor John Chambers
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0174534
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Mechanical Engineering - Cylindrical Grinding Facility$40,000

Funding body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Funding body Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs
Project Team Emeritus Professor Neil Page, Professor John Chambers, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175580
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

19931 grants / $5,000

Influence of Large Particles on the Cohesive Strength of Granular Materials$5,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Small Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0172760
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

19922 grants / $314,080

Engineering Workstation Support & Other$166,480

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0174052
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

92,93,94 COLLAB. Feeding Of Bulk Solids$147,600

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor John Chambers
Scheme Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0174271
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19911 grants / $53,000

Handling And Transportation Of Bulk Materials$53,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
Scheme Large Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1991
Funding Finish 1991
GNo G0173852
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed9
Current5

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.65
PhD0.85

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Dynamic Adhesion Identification, Characterisation and Modelling for Optimised Transfer System Design
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014 String Theory of Belt Weighing
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014 Identification, Measurement and Modelling of Mineralogical Influence on WSO Flow Behaviour Dynamic Flow of Ore to Investigating the Primary Mineralogical Drivers for Poor Material Handling of Wet and Sticky Ores
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2013 Online parameter inference and model selection within bulk material handling systems
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2011 Development of a High Capacity, Steel Angle Belt Conveying System
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Investigation of Arching Behaviour Under Surcharge Pressure in Mass-Flow Bins and Stress States at Hopper/Feeder Interface
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2014 Investigation of the Mechanics of Funnel Flow in Relation to Draw-down and Loads on Buried Structures in Stockpiles
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2013 Bulk Solid Interactions in Belt Conveying Systems
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2009 Dynamic Analysis of Non-Steady Flow in Granular Dense Phase Pneumatic Conveying
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2006 Investigation of Boundary Friction and Abrasive Wear in Bulk Solids Handling Operations
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2005 Slug Flow Pneumatic Conveying: Stress Field Analysis and Pressure Drop Prediction
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2004 Analysis of the Main Resistances of Belt Conveyors
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2002 Mechanics of Bulk Solid Stockpiles
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Sole Supervisor
2002 Analytical and Numerical Modelling of Quaking in Tall Silos
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
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News

Iron ore

$3.2m ARC funding

June 13, 2014

The University of Newcastle has been awarded $3.2 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to establish a new research hub, in collaboration with industry, dedicated to future-proofing Australia's iron ore production and exports.

Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts

Positions

Professor
TUNRA Bulk Solids
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Emeritus Professor
TUNRA Bulk Solids
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Mechanical Engineering

Contact Details

Email alan.roberts@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40339036
Mobile 0417 288 235
Fax (02) 4033 9044

Office

Building NIER A Block Floor 7
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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