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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Mechanical Engineering), University of New South Wales, 04/05/1962
  • Honorary Doctor of Science -University Wollongong, University of Wollongong, 31/12/1999
  • Honorary Doctorate - University of Newcastle, University of Newcastle, 31/12/1995
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of New South Wales, 31/12/1956
  • Diploma - Sydney Technical College (Honours), Sydney Technical College, 31/12/1951

Research

Research keywords

  • Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Conveying and Transportation
  • Particle Technology
  • Solids handling and processing

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.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
091499Resources Engineering And Extractive Metallurgy Not Elsewhere Classified50
091399Mechanical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified45
091599Interdisciplinary Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified5

Memberships

Learned Academy.

  • Fellow - The Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering (Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering)

Awards

Centenary Medal - Commonwealth of Australia

2003Centenary Medal
Commonwealth of Australia (Australia)
This follows the Order of Australia awarded in 1992.

Invitations

5th World Congress on Particle Technology
Beckman-Coulter, United States (Invited Beckman-Coulter Plenary Speaker )
2006
Bulk Europe Conference
Vogel Transtech, Spain (Invited Opening Keynote Speaker)
2006
International Materials Handling Conference
BELTCON 12, Spain (Invited opening Keynote Speaker)
2003

Administrative

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.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Applied Mechanics
  • Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Design
  • Particle Technology
  • Systems Theory

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.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
2003Roberts AW, 'Chute Performance and Design for Rapid Flow Conditions', Chemical Engineering & Technology, 26 163-170 (2003) [C1]
2003Roberts AW, 'Review of the 'silo quaking' problem in bins of various geometrical shapes and flow patterns', Task Force Quarterley, 7 (2003) [C2]
2005Roberts AW, 'Characterisation for hopper and stockpile design', Characterisation of bulk solids, Blackwell, Oxford 85-131 of 264 (2005) [B2]

Publications

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Chapter (4 outputs)

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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-authors: CRAIG WHEELER

2005Roberts AW, 'Characterisation for hopper and stockpile design', Characterisation of bulk solids, Blackwell, Oxford 85-131 of 264 (2005) [B2]
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 (43 outputs)

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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)
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)
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]
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]
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]
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]
2010Roberts AW, 'Review of mass-flow hopper design with respect to stress fields and surcharge loads', Particuology, 8 591-594 (2010) [C1]
2008Roberts AW, Jones MG, 'Performance analysis of a rotary spreader', Bulk Solids & Powder: Science & Technology, 3 147-152 (2008) [C1]

Co-authors: MARK JONES

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]
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-authors: MARK 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-authors: CRAIG 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]
2007Roberts AW, 'Load on support structural elements buried in stockpiles', Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 24 352-359 (2007) [C1]
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]
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]
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-authors: CRAIG WHEELER

2006Roberts AW, 'Lateral bending stiffness of helical screw feeders and conveyors', Bulk Solids Handling, 26 90-94 (2006) [C2]
2006Roberts AW, 'Performance of orbiting screw reclaimers', Bulk Solids Handling, 26 24-31 (2006) [C2]
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]
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]
2004Roberts AW, 'Predicting abrasive wear in enclosed screw conveyors', Bulk Solids and Powder Science Technology, 1 23-43 (2004) [C2]
2003Roberts AW, 'Chute Performance and Design for Rapid Flow Conditions', Chemical Engineering & Technology, 26 163-170 (2003) [C1]
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]
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]
2003Roberts AW, 'Review of the 'silo quaking' problem in bins of various geometrical shapes and flow patterns', Task Force Quarterley, 7 (2003) [C2]
2002Roberts AW, Wensrich CM, 'Flow dynamics or 'quaking'in gravity discharge from silos', Chemical Engineering Science, 57 295-305 (2002) [C1]
2002Roberts AW, 'Design and performance criteria for screw conveyors in bulk solids operation', Bulk Solids Handling, 22 436-444 (2002) [C3]
2001Roberts AW, 'Recent developments in feeder design and performance', Handbook of Powder Technology, 10 211-223 (2001) [C1]
2001Roberts AW, 'Recent developments in belt conveying - bulk solid and conveyor belt interations', Handbook of Powder Technology, 10 225-233 (2001) [C1]
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]
1999Roberts AW, 'The Influence of Granular Vortex Motion on the Volumetric Performance of Enclosed Screw Conveyors', Powder Technology, 104 55-67 (1999) [C1]
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]
1999Roberts AW, Wiche SJ, 'Interrelation Between Chute Geometry and Conveyor Belt Wear', Bulk Solids Handling, 19 No 1 (1999) [C2]
1999Roberts AW, 'The influence of granular vortex motion on the volumetric performance of enclosed screw conveyors', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 104 56-67 (1999)
1998Roberts AW, 'Particle Technology - Reflections and Horizons: An Engineering Practice', Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 76 775-796 (1998) [C1]
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]
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)
1993ROBERTS AW, WICHE SJ, 'PREDICTION OF LINING WEAR LIFE OF BINS AND CHUTES IN BULK SOLIDS HANDLING OPERATIONS', TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 26 345-351 (1993)
1986PARBERY RD, ROBERTS AW, 'ON EQUIVALENT FRICTION FOR THE ACCELERATED GRAVITY FLOW OF ANTIGRANULOCYTES-MATERIALS IN CHUTES', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 48 75-79 (1986)
1985BAGSTER DF, ROBERTS AW, 'THE EFFECT OF LARGE PARTICLES ON THE FLOW PROPERTIES OF POWDERS', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 43 11-17 (1985)
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)
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Conference (79 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
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]
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-authors: CRAIG 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]
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-authors: CRAIG 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]
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]
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]
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-authors: KEN 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]
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]
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-authors: CRAIG 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-authors: CRAIG WHEELER

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]
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]
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]
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]
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-authors: CRAIG 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, 'Loads on support structural elements buried in stockpiles', Particle and Particle Systems Characterization (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]
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-authors: MARK JONES

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-authors: CRAIG WHEELER

2006McBride 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

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-authors: CRAIG 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-authors: MARK JONES

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]
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-authors: WILLIAM 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]
2005Wheeler 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

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]
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]
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-authors: MARK 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]
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-authors: WILLIAM MCBRIDE

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-authors: MARK JONES

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]
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-authors: CRAIG WHEELER

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]
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]
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]
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]
2002Roberts AW, 'Feed and transfer chute performance and design', World Congress on Particle Technology 4 (CD), Sydney, Australia (2002) [E1]
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-authors: WILLIAM MCBRIDE

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]
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-authors: MARK JONES

2001Roberts AW, Wensrich CM, 'Pulsating flow or 'Quaking' in gravity discharge from bins', Proceedings of the NEPTIS 9 Symposium, Kyoto, Japan (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]
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]
2000Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Measurement of the Main Resistance of Horizontal Belt Conveying', IMechE ConferenceTransactions, London (2000) [E1]

Co-authors: CRAIG WHEELER

2000Liu Y, Roberts AW, Chambers AJ, 'The Effect of Oils of Coal Mechanical Properties', IMechE ConferenceTransactions, London (2000) [E1]
2000Roberts AW, 'Developments in Belt Conveying, Technology and Associated Feeding of Bulk Solids', IMechE Conference Transactions, London (2000) [E1]
2000Roberts AW, 'Correct Hopper and Feeder Interfacing for Optimum Performance', 2000 Proceedings of the Conference Seminars, Chicago (2000) [E2]
2000Wensrich CM, Roberts AW, 'The role of slip-stick motion in silo quaking', FROM POWDER TO BULK, IMECHE HEADQUARTERS, LONDON, ENGLAND (2000)
1999Roberts AW, 'Flow Pulsations in the Gravity Flow of Bulk Solids and the Influence on Silo Loads', Chemeca 99, Newcastle (1999) [E1]
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]
1999Roberts AW, 'Maximising Feeder and Materials Transfer through Innovative Feeder and Chute Design', Improving Conveyor Performance in Mining, Perth, Sydney (1999) [E2]
1999Roberts AW, 'Feeders and Transfers - Recent Developments', Bulkex 99', Sydney (1999) [E2]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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)
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)
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)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants41
Total funding$14,310,779

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2015 (2 grants)

AMIRA Project P1150 - Moisture Measurement and Control for Iron Ore Conveyor Systems$162,500
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
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$162,50020152016
GNo:G1500712

ACARP Project C24062 – Coal TML UoN Research Component$74,900
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
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$74,90020152016
GNo:G1500447

2014 (5 grants)

ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore$3,273,780
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Kevin Galvin, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Bob Loo, Mr Ben Ellis, Mr Gregory Elphick, Mr Taavi Orupold, Mrs Lisa Allen
SchemeRole
Industrial Transformation Research HubsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,273,78020142019
GNo:G1400313

ACARP Project C24001 - Transportable Moisture Limit of Coal – Stage 2$1,381,000
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
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,381,00020142015
GNo:G1400689

Transport able Moisture Limit of Coal Bulk Cargoes$277,135
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
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$277,13520142014
GNo:G1301436

Revised dustiness and dust extinction moisture testing method (update of AS 4156.6)$130,000
Funding Body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Mr John Planner
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$130,00020142015
GNo:G1400429

Theoretical Analysis of Conveyor Belt Weighing $45,000
Funding Body: Control Systems Technology Pty Ltd

Project Team
Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Leonard Burrell
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$45,00020142016
GNo:G1301102

2013 (1 grants)

Towards the Next Generation Train Loaders for the Minerals Industries$21,778
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Kenneth Williams
SchemeRole
Linkage Pilot Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$21,77820132013
GNo:G1301053

2012 (1 grants)

A Systematic Evaluation of Transportable Moisture Limit Measurement Methods for Iron Ore Bulk Cargoes$386,000
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
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$386,00020122014
GNo:G1200568

2011 (1 grants)

An investigation of granular stress fields and permeability interactions in gas-solid flow$180,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Doctor Kenneth Williams
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$180,00020112013
GNo:G1000218

2010 (2 grants)

Development of a High Capacity Steep Angle Belt Conveying System$450,000
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
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$450,00020102012
GNo:G1000601

Analytical, Numerical and Testing Procedures for Improved Design and Performance of Bulk Solids Systems$300,000
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
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$300,00020102013
GNo:G0190069

2009 (1 grants)

Development of a High Capacity Steep Angle Belt Conveying System$700,000
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
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$700,00020092012
GNo:G0189754

2008 (5 grants)

Development of a new generation low rolling resistance conveyor belt$533,000
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
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$533,00020082011
GNo:G0188446

Passive Control of Dust Emissions from Belt Conveyor Systems$280,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Associate Professor Bill McBride
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$280,00020082010
GNo:G0187541

Development of a new generation low rolling resistance conveyor belt$100,000
Funding Body: Conveyor Dynamics, Inc

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Lawrence Nordell, Dr Robin Steven
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00020082010
GNo:G0189238

Development of a new generation low rolling resistance conveyor belt$100,000
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
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00020082010
GNo:G0189240

Development of a new generation low rolling resistance conveyor belt$100,000
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
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00020082010
GNo:G0189239

2007 (1 grants)

Modelling and Optimisation of Belt Conveyor Systems$300,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$300,00020072009
GNo:G0186345

2006 (2 grants)

PRC - Priority Research Centre for Advanced Particle Processing$549,282
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Kevin Galvin, Professor Geoffrey Evans, Professor Mark Jones, Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Erica Wanless
SchemeRole
Priority Research CentreInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$549,28220062013
GNo:G0186920

Optimisation of Belt Conveyor Systems$20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020062006
GNo:G0186089

2005 (1 grants)

Modelling the Transient Effects in Dense Phase Gas-Solids Flow in Pipelines.$350,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$350,00020052007
GNo:G0184413

2003 (1 grants)

Modelling and Characterisation of Stringy/Compressible Bulk Materials.$335,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Chris Wensrich
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$335,00020032005
GNo:G0182080

2002 (5 grants)

Advancements in Belt Conveying$276,000
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
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$276,00020022004
GNo:G0181159

Optimisation of Mass Flow Bin Design Using 3D Parametric Modelling$163,000
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
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$163,00020022004
GNo:G0181150

Advancements in Belt Conveying.$20,500
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
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,50020022004
GNo:G0182556

Advancements in Belt Conveying.$20,500
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
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,50020022004
GNo:G0182555

Advancements in Belt Conveying.$20,500
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
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,50020022004
GNo:G0182554

2001 (2 grants)

Granular Mechanics of Slugs in Low-Velocity Slug-Flow Pneumatic Conveying$157,610
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Assoc. Prof P Wypych, Dr Renhu Pan
SchemeRole
Large GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$157,61020012003
GNo:G0179263

Particulate Mechanics and Mechantronic Control in Dense-Phase Pneumatic Conveying$12,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Dr Renhu Pan, Professor Mark Jones, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,00020012001
GNo:G0180101

2000 (1 grants)

Pneumatic Blending and Mixing of Bulk Solids$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Dr Renhu Pan, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020002000
GNo:G0178803

1999 (1 grants)

Basic Processes Affecting Wall Friction Measurements$12,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Bruce King, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$12,50019991999
GNo:G0178062

1997 (1 grants)

Effect of Coal Constituents on Storage and Transport of Coal.$217,800
Funding Body: Australian Coal Association

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Research ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$217,80019971998
GNo:G0177044

1995 (4 grants)

Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies$2,489,500
Funding Body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Key Centres of Teaching & ResearchChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,489,50019951995
GNo:G0175942

Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technology$312,002
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Special Research InitiativesChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$312,00219951998
GNo:G0176406

95APP. Blending and mixing of bulk solids.$137,412
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor John Chambers
SchemeRole
Large GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$137,41219951997
GNo:G0174534

Mechanical Engineering - Cylindrical Grinding Facility$40,000
Funding Body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Neil Page, Professor John Chambers, Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$40,00019951995
GNo:G0175580

1993 (1 grants)

Influence of Large Particles on the Cohesive Strength of Granular Materials$5,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00019931993
GNo:G0172760

1992 (2 grants)

Engineering Workstation Support & Other$166,480
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$166,48019921992
GNo:G0174052

92,93,94 COLLAB. Feeding Of Bulk Solids$147,600
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts, Professor John Chambers
SchemeRole
Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$147,60019921994
GNo:G0174271

1991 (1 grants)

Handling And Transportation Of Bulk Materials$53,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts
SchemeRole
Large GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$53,00019911991
GNo:G0173852
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.65
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.85

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20152017M Philosophy (Mechanical Eng)Co-SupervisorDynamic Adhesion Identification, Characterisation and Modelling for Optimised Transfer System Design
20142018M Philosophy (Mechanical Eng)Co-SupervisorString Theory of Belt Weighing
20142018PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorIdentification, 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
20132015M Philosophy (Mechanical Eng)Co-SupervisorOnline Material Property Estimation Within a Bulk Solid Material Handling System
20112014PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorDevelopment of a High Capacity, Steel Angle Belt Conveying System

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorInvestigation of the Mechanics of Funnel Flow in Relation to Draw-down and Loads on Buried Structures in Stockpiles
2014PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorInvestigation of Arching Behaviour Under Surcharge Pressure in Mass-Flow Bins and Stress States at Hopper/Feeder Interface
2013PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorBulk Solid Interactions in Belt Conveying Systems
2009PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorDynamic Analysis of Non-Steady Flow in Granular Dense Phase Pneumatic Conveying
2006PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorInvestigation of Boundary Friction and Abrasive Wear in Bulk Solids Handling Operations
2005PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorSlug Flow Pneumatic Conveying: Stress Field Analysis and Pressure Drop Prediction
2004PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorAnalysis of the Main Resistances of Belt Conveyors
2002PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorAnalytical and Numerical Modelling of Quaking in Tall Silos
2002PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Sole SupervisorMechanics of Bulk Solid Stockpiles
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Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts

Work Phone(02) 40339036
Cell / Mobile Phone0417 288 235
Fax(02) 4033 9044
Email
PositionsProfessor
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Emeritus Professor
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMechanical Engineering
Office
NIER A Block Floor 7,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/alan-roberts