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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
091499Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified50
091599Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified5

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/03/2015 - 29/02/2016ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
4/01/2000 - 30/06/2001Director-Bulk Solids & Part. Tech.University of Newcastle
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1989 - Membership - The Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and EngineeringThe Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering
Australia

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
2003Centenary Medal
Unknown
2003Centenary Medal
Unknown

Invitations

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
20065th 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.
2006Bulk Europe Conference
Organisation: Vogel Transtech Description: Invited Opening Keynote Speaker at the inaugural Bulk Europe Conference, Barcelona, Spain. October 16-17
20065th 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.
2006Bulk Europe Conference
Organisation: Vogel Transtech Description: Invited Opening Keynote Speaker at the inaugural Bulk Europe Conference, Barcelona, Spain. October 16-17
2003International Materials Handling Conference
Organisation: BELTCON 12 Description: Invited opening Keynote Speaker at BELTCON 12, International Materials Handling Conference, Barcelona, Spain
2003International 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Donohue 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2005Roberts AW, 'Characterisation for hopper and stockpile design', Characterisation of bulk solids, Blackwell, Oxford 85-131 of 264 (2005) [B2]
CitationsScopus - 11
2001Roberts AW, 'Recent developments in feeder design and performance', Handbook of Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids, Elsevier, Amsterdam 211-223 of 860 (2001) [B2]
2001Roberts 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Guo 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]
DOI10.1016/j.powtec.2014.03.048Author URL
2014He 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. 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.

DOI10.1016/j.powtec.2014.03.044
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsMark Jones
2014Roberts 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 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-authorsKen Williams
2014Esmaili 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 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.

DOI10.1016/j.minpro.2015.02.013
Co-authorsWilliam Mcbride, Craig Wheeler
2013Esmaili 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 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.

DOI10.1080/02726351.2012.715617
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2012Chen 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]
DOI10.1016/j.minpro.2012.04.008
CitationsScopus - 9Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler
2012Chen 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-authorsCraig Wheeler, Mark Jones
2010Roberts AW, 'Review of mass-flow hopper design with respect to stress fields and surcharge loads', Particuology, 8 591-594 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.partic.2010.07.016
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 3
2010Donohue 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]
DOI10.1002/ppsc.200900096
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2008Roberts 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-authorsCraig Wheeler, Mark Jones
2008Roberts 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-authorsMark Jones
2008Roberts AW, Jones MG, 'Performance analysis of a rotary spreader', Bulk Solids & Powder: Science & Technology, 3 147-152 (2008) [C1]
Co-authorsMark Jones
2008Wiche 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2007Ilic D, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Bulk solid interactions in belt conveying systems: Transition zone', Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 24 345-351 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1002/ppsc.200601132
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler
2007Roberts AW, 'Load on support structural elements buried in stockpiles', Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 24 352-359 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1002/ppsc.200701134
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2007Wheeler CA, Krull T, Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, 'Design of ship loading chutes to reduce dust emissions', Process Safety Progress, 26 229-234 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1002/prs.10180
CitationsWeb of Science - 2
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler
2007Ilic D, Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Experimental investigation of bulk solid and conveyor belt interactions', Australian Bulk Handling Review, 12 76-81 (2007) [C2]
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler
2007Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, Wiche SJ, 'The mechanics of feeding bulk solids in a rotary dryer', Particulate Science and Technology, 25 327-343 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1080/02726350701483909
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler
2006Roberts AW, 'Performance of orbiting screw reclaimers', Bulk Solids Handling, 26 24-31 (2006) [C2]
CitationsScopus - 3
2006Roberts AW, 'Lateral bending stiffness of helical screw feeders and conveyors', Bulk Solids Handling, 26 90-94 (2006) [C2]
CitationsScopus - 1
2006Roberts AW, 'Bulk Solids Handling: Editorial', Bulk Solids Handling, 26 3 (2006) [C3]
2005Wiche SJ, Keys S, Roberts AW, 'Abrasion wear tester for bulk solids handling applications', Wear, 258 251-257 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.wear.2004.09.014
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 3
2004Wheeler 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]
DOI10.1002/ppsc.200400936
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler, Mark Jones
2004Roberts AW, 'Predicting abrasive wear in enclosed screw conveyors', Bulk Solids and Powder Science Technology, 1 23-43 (2004) [C2]
2003Roberts AW, 'Review of the 'silo quaking' problem in bins of various geometrical shapes and flow patterns', Task Force Quarterley, 7 (2003) [C2]
2003Krull 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]
DOI10.1080/02726350390240189
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
Co-authorsMark Jones
2003Roberts 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]
DOI10.1080/02726350307497
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsMark Jones
2003Roberts AW, 'Chute Performance and Design for Rapid Flow Conditions', Chemical Engineering & Technology, 26 163-170 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1002/ceat.200390024
CitationsScopus - 25Web of Science - 11
2002Roberts AW, Wensrich CM, 'Flow dynamics or 'quaking'in gravity discharge from silos', Chemical Engineering Science, 57 295-305 (2002) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 17Web of Science - 10
Co-authorsChristopher Wensrich
2002Roberts AW, 'Design and performance criteria for screw conveyors in bulk solids operation', Bulk Solids Handling, 22 436-444 (2002) [C3]
CitationsScopus - 6
2001Roberts 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]
2001Roberts AW, 'Editorial', Bulk Solids Handling The International Journal of Storing, Handling & Transportating BUlk, 21 1-3 (2001) [C3]
2001Roberts AW, 'Recent developments in belt conveying - bulk solid and conveyor belt interations', Handbook of Powder Technology, 10 225-233 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 4
2001Roberts AW, 'Recent developments in feeder design and performance', Handbook of Powder Technology, 10 211-223 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3
1999Roberts AW, 'The influence of granular vortex motion on the volumetric performance of enclosed screw conveyors', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 104 56-67 (1999)
DOI10.1016/S0032-5910(99)00039-XAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 36Web of Science - 25
1999Roberts AW, 'The Influence of Granular Vortex Motion on the Volumetric Performance of Enclosed Screw Conveyors', Powder Technology, 104 55-67 (1999) [C1]
1999Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, 'Interrelation Between Chute Geometry and Conveyor Belt Wear', Bulk Solids Handling, 19 No 1 (1999) [C2]
1999Kirkwood 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]
CitationsScopus - 1
1998Roberts AW, 'Particle Technology - Reflections and Horizons: An Engineering Practice', Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 76 775-796 (1998) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 7
1998Roberts 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]
CitationsScopus - 12
1993ROBERTS 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)
DOI10.1016/0301-679X(93)90070-HAuthor URL
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 9
1993ROBERTS AW, WICHE SJ, 'PREDICTION OF LINING WEAR LIFE OF BINS AND CHUTES IN BULK SOLIDS HANDLING OPERATIONS', TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 26 345-351 (1993)
DOI10.1016/0301-679X(93)90071-8Author URL
CitationsScopus - 16Web of Science - 11
1986PARBERY RD, ROBERTS AW, 'ON EQUIVALENT FRICTION FOR THE ACCELERATED GRAVITY FLOW OF ANTIGRANULOCYTES-MATERIALS IN CHUTES', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 48 75-79 (1986)
DOI10.1016/0032-5910(86)80067-5Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
1985BAGSTER DF, ROBERTS AW, 'THE EFFECT OF LARGE PARTICLES ON THE FLOW PROPERTIES OF POWDERS', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 43 11-17 (1985)
DOI10.1016/0032-5910(85)80074-7Author URL
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 7
1978ROBERTS 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)
DOI10.1016/0032-5910(78)80106-5Author URL
CitationsScopus - 13Web of Science - 11
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Conference (79 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Esmaili 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-authorsCraig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2013Guo 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]
2013He 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]
2012Ilic 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2012Guo J, Roberts AW, Prigge J-D, 'The investigation of arch model acting in mass-flow hoppers', Advanced Materials Research, Shanghai, China (2012) [E1]
DOI10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.508.135
2012He 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]
2012Chen 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2011Roberts 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-authorsMark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2010Chen 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]
DOI10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.26-28.1126
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler
2010Donohue 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-authorsWilliam Mcbride, Craig Wheeler
2009Donohue 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-authorsCraig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2009Williams 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-authorsKen Williams
2009Donohue 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-authorsCraig Wheeler, William Mcbride
2008Donohue 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-authorsWilliam Mcbride, Craig Wheeler
2008Roberts 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]
CitationsScopus - 2
2008Donohue 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-authorsWilliam Mcbride, Craig Wheeler
2008Ilic 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2008Wiche 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2007Roberts 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 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.

DOI10.1002/ppsc.200701134
CitationsScopus - 2
2007Ilic 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2007Katterfield 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]
2007Roberts 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]
2007Roberts 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]
2006Roberts AW, 'Bulk solids handling: An Historical overview and current developments', -, Spain (2006) [E1]
2006Roberts 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 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.

2006McBride W, Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, 'Technological advancements in bulk materials flowability tester', Bulk Materials Handling Conference Proceedings CD-Rom, Brisbane (2006) [E2]
Co-authorsWilliam Mcbride
2006Krull 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-authorsMark Jones
2006Ilic 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2006Wheeler 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2005Wheeler CA, Versteegh R, Lodewijks G, Roberts AW, 'Experimental simulation of conveyor belt cleaning', Bulk Asia 2005 Conference Proceedings, Mumbai, India (2005) [E2]
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler
2005Krull 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-authorsMark Jones
2005Wiche 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-authorsWilliam Mcbride
2005Roberts 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-authorsMark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2005Roberts 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-authorsChristopher Wensrich
2004Roberts 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-authorsMark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2004Krull T, Jones MG, Roberts AW, Wypych P, Hastie D, 'Stress field measurements in slug flow pneumatic conveying', Conference Paper, Wollongong, Australia (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsMark Jones
2004Wiche 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-authorsWilliam Mcbride
2004Roberts 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]
2004Tan 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-authorsMark Jones
2004Wiche 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]
2003Roberts 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]
2003Wiche 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]
2003Roberts 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-authorsCraig Wheeler
2003Manjunath 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]
2003Wheeler 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-authorsMark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2002Jones 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-authorsMark Jones, Craig Wheeler
2002Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, McBride W, 'Development of bulk solid flowability test machine', World Congress on Particle Technology 4 (CD), Sydney, Australia (2002) [E1]
Co-authorsWilliam Mcbride
2002Manjunath K, Roberts AW, 'Optimising the design of screw feeders for bulk solids flow', World Congress on Particle Technology 4 (CD), Sydney, Australia (2002) [E1]
2002Roberts AW, 'Feed and transfer chute performance and design', World Congress on Particle Technology 4 (CD), Sydney, Australia (2002) [E1]
2001Pan 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-authorsMark Jones
2001Roberts 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]
2001Roberts AW, 'Chute design considerations for feeding and transfer', Proceedings BELTCON 11, International Materials Handling Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa (2001) [E1]
2001Roberts AW, 'Design considerations and performance evaluation of screw conveyors', Proceedings BELTCON 11, International Materials Handling Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa (2001) [E1]
2001Roberts 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]
2001Roberts AW, Wensrich CM, 'Pulsating flow or 'Quaking' in gravity discharge from bins', Proceedings of the NEPTIS 9 Symposium, Kyoto, Japan (2001) [E1]
2000Roberts AW, 'Correct Hopper and Feeder Interfacing for Optimum Performance', 2000 Proceedings of the Conference Seminars, Chicago (2000) [E2]
2000Roberts AW, 'Predicting the Performance of Enclosed Screw Conveyors', IMechE Conference Transactions, London (2000) [E1]
2000Roberts AW, 'Predicting the Performance of Front Inclined Apron Feeders', IMechE Conference Transactions, London (2000) [E1]
2000Roberts AW, 'Developments in Belt Conveying, Technology and Associated Feeding of Bulk Solids', IMechE Conference Transactions, London (2000) [E1]
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2000Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Measurement of the Main Resistance of Horizontal Belt Conveying', IMechE ConferenceTransactions, London (2000) [E1]
CitationsWeb of Science - 2
Co-authorsCraig Wheeler
2000Liu Y, Roberts AW, Chambers AJ, 'The Effect of Oils of Coal Mechanical Properties', IMechE ConferenceTransactions, London (2000) [E1]
CitationsWeb of Science - 2
2000Wensrich CM, Roberts AW, 'The role of slip-stick motion in silo quaking', FROM POWDER TO BULK, IMECHE HEADQUARTERS, LONDON, ENGLAND (2000)
Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
Co-authorsChristopher Wensrich
1999Roberts AW, 'Feeders and Transfers - Recent Developments', Bulkex 99', Sydney (1999) [E2]
1999Roberts AW, 'Flow Pulsations in the Gravity Flow of Bulk Solids and the Influence on Silo Loads', Chemeca 99, Newcastle (1999) [E1]
1999Roberts AW, 'Maximising Feeder and Materials Transfer through Innovative Feeder and Chute Design', Improving Conveyor Performance in Mining, Perth, Sydney (1999) [E2]
1999Wiche SJ, Roberts AW, 'Crticial Carry-Back and Belt Cleaning Issues', Improving Conveyor Performance in Mining, Perth, Sydney (1999) [E2]
1999Roberts AW, 'Mechanical Transport in Bulk Solids Processing and Handling', Relpowflo III, Porsgrunn (1999) [E2]
1999Roberts AW, 'Bulk Solids and Belt Interactions in Horizontal and Inclined Belt Conveying', Relpowflo III, Porsgrunn (1999) [E2]
1998Lui 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]
1998Kirkwood 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]
1998Roberts AW, 'Interfacing Feeders with Mass-Flow Hoppers for Optimal Performance', Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation, Wollongong (1998) [E1]
1998Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, 'Feed Chute Geometry for Minimum Belt Wear', Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation, Wollongong (1998) [E1]
1998Roberts AW, 'Bulk Solids Handling - Towards the 21st Century', Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation, Wollongong (1998) [E1]
1998Liu 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]
1998Roberts AW, 'Dynamic Modelling of Bulk Solids Storage and Discharge Systems', World Congress on Particle Technology 3 (on CD-ROM), Brighton, UK (1998) [E1]
CitationsScopus - 3
1998Wiche 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]
1994ROBERTS 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)
Author URL
1994CRAIG 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)
Author URL
1994CRAIG 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 grants43
Total funding$16,810,784

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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 bodyAMIRA International Limited
Project TeamDoctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Wei Chen, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Prof MARK Jones, Mr TOBIAS Krull
SchemeResearch Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500712
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

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

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding bodyAustralian Coal Research Limited
Project TeamDoctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Wei Chen, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr TOBIAS Krull
SchemeAustralian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2016
GNoG1500447
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

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 bodyAustralian Coal Research Limited
Project TeamDoctor Kenneth Williams, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Doctor Wei Chen, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr TOBIAS Krull, Mr DUSAN Ilic
SchemeAustralian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400689
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

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

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding bodyAustralian Coal Research Limited
Project TeamDoctor Kenneth Williams, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Tristan Perez, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr TOBIAS Krull, Mr DUSAN Ilic
SchemeAustralian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301436
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

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

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding bodyAustralian Coal Research Limited
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Mr John Planner
SchemeAustralian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400429
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

Theoretical Analysis of Conveyor Belt Weighing $45,000

Funding body: Control Systems Technology Pty Ltd

Funding bodyControl Systems Technology Pty Ltd
Project TeamAssociate Professor Craig Wheeler, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Leonard Burrell
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1301102
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20134 grants / $5,795,562

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamLaureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Bob Loo, Dr Benjamin Ellis, Mr Gregory Elphick, Mr Taavi Orupold, Mrs Lisa Allen
SchemeIndustrial Transformation Research Hubs
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1400313
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore$1,500,002

Funding body: BHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd

Funding bodyBHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd
Project TeamLaureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Bob Loo, Dr Benjamin Ellis, Mr Gregory Elphick, Mr Taavi Orupold, Mrs Lisa Allen
SchemeIndustrial Transformation Research Hub Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1400793
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore$1,000,002

Funding body: BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd

Funding bodyBHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd
Project TeamLaureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Bob Loo, Dr Benjamin Ellis, Mr Gregory Elphick, Mr Taavi Orupold, Mrs Lisa Allen
SchemeIndustrial Transformation Research Hub Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1400794
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Kenneth Williams
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301053
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyAMIRA International Limited
Project TeamDoctor Kenneth Williams, Mr TOBIAS Krull, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Tristan Perez, Professor Mark Jones, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
SchemeResearch Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200568
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Doctor Kenneth Williams
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1000218
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20102 grants / $750,000

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

Funding body: Technological Resources Pty Ltd.

Funding bodyTechnological Resources Pty Ltd.
Project TeamAssociate Professor Craig Wheeler, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Andre Katterfeld
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000601
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Associate Professor Bill McBride, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Andre Katterfeld
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0190069
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20091 grants / $700,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamAssociate Professor Craig Wheeler, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Andre Katterfeld
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189754
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20085 grants / $1,113,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Lawrence Nordell, Dr Robin Steven
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188446
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Associate Professor Bill McBride
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0187541
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: Conveyor Dynamics, Inc

Funding bodyConveyor Dynamics, Inc
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Lawrence Nordell, Dr Robin Steven
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189238
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: Veyance Belting Pty Ltd

Funding bodyVeyance Belting Pty Ltd
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Lawrence Nordell, Dr Robin Steven
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189239
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: Laing ORourke Australia Construction Pty Limited

Funding bodyLaing ORourke Australia Construction Pty Limited
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Lawrence Nordell, Dr Robin Steven
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189240
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20071 grants / $300,000

Modelling and Optimisation of Belt Conveyor Systems$300,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0186345
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20062 grants / $569,282

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamLaureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Professor Geoffrey Evans, Professor Mark Jones, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Erica Wanless
SchemePriority Research Centre
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186920
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Optimisation of Belt Conveyor Systems$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
SchemeNear Miss Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186089
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0184413
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20031 grants / $335,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0182080
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20025 grants / $500,500

Advancements in Belt Conveying$276,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr S Wiche, Mr R Law, Mr L Burrell, Mr G James
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181159
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Mark Jones, Dr Renhu Pan, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Mr C Benjamin, Mr A Burleigh, Mr J Nemeth, Ms L Plambeck
SchemeLinkage Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181150
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Advancements in Belt Conveying.$20,500

Funding body: Engineering Services and Supplies Pty Ltd

Funding bodyEngineering Services and Supplies Pty Ltd
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr S Wiche, Mr R Law, Mr L Burrell, Mr G James
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182554
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

Advancements in Belt Conveying.$20,500

Funding body: Control Systems Technology Pty Ltd

Funding bodyControl Systems Technology Pty Ltd
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr S Wiche, Mr R Law, Mr L Burrell, Mr G James
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182555
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

Advancements in Belt Conveying.$20,500

Funding body: Bechtel Services (Australia) Pty Ltd

Funding bodyBechtel Services (Australia) Pty Ltd
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr S Wiche, Mr R Law, Mr L Burrell, Mr G James
SchemeLinkage Projects Partner funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182556
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20012 grants / $169,610

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Assoc. Prof P Wypych, Dr Renhu Pan
SchemeLarge Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0179263
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDr Renhu Pan, Professor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0180101
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20001 grants / $10,000

Pneumatic Blending and Mixing of Bulk Solids$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDr Renhu Pan, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0178803
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19991 grants / $12,500

Basic Processes Affecting Wall Friction Measurements$12,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Bruce King, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0178062
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19971 grants / $217,800

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

Funding body: Australian Coal Association

Funding bodyAustralian Coal Association
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeResearch Program
RoleLead
Funding Start1997
Funding Finish1997
GNoG0177044
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

19954 grants / $2,978,914

Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies$2,489,500

Funding body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Funding bodyDepartment of Education, Training & Youth Affairs
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeKey Centres of Teaching & Research
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0175942
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technology$312,002

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeSpecial Research Initiatives
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0176406
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor John Chambers
SchemeLarge Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0174534
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Mechanical Engineering - Cylindrical Grinding Facility$40,000

Funding body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Funding bodyDepartment of Education, Training & Youth Affairs
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Neil Page, Professor John Chambers, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeResearch Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0175580
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

19931 grants / $5,000

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeSmall Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1993
Funding Finish1993
GNoG0172760
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

19922 grants / $314,080

Engineering Workstation Support & Other$166,480

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1992
Funding Finish1992
GNoG0174052
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor John Chambers
SchemeStrategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
RoleLead
Funding Start1992
Funding Finish1992
GNoG0174271
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

19911 grants / $53,000

Handling And Transportation Of Bulk Materials$53,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeLarge Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1991
Funding Finish1991
GNoG0173852
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Dynamic Adhesion Identification, Characterisation and Modelling for Optimised Transfer System Design
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014String Theory of Belt Weighing
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014Identification, 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
2013Online parameter inference and model selection within bulk material handling systems
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2011Development of a High Capacity, Steel Angle Belt Conveying System
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Investigation 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
2014Investigation 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
2013Bulk Solid Interactions in Belt Conveying Systems
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2009Dynamic Analysis of Non-Steady Flow in Granular Dense Phase Pneumatic Conveying
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2006Investigation of Boundary Friction and Abrasive Wear in Bulk Solids Handling Operations
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2005Slug Flow Pneumatic Conveying: Stress Field Analysis and Pressure Drop Prediction
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2004Analysis of the Main Resistances of Belt Conveyors
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2002Mechanics of Bulk Solid Stockpiles
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Sole Supervisor
2002Analytical 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

Emailalan.roberts@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 40339036
Mobile0417 288 235
Fax(02) 4033 9044

Office

BuildingNIER A Block Floor 7
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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