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Biography

Prior to joining the University of Newcastle in 2010, I spent over 30 years in industrial research. My employment at BHP Research, Shortland - now Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) – spanned over 28 years. During this time our team provided technical support to the marketing of BHP Billiton iron ores and coals worldwide. The aims of our research activities included: defining the link between fundamental iron ore and metallurgical coal properties and their performance in the ironmaking process, the formulation of ore and coal blends for effective sintering and coking, and the evaluation of new deposits. My current research activities continue to focus on these areas, and they include work funded directly by BHP Billiton and an ARC Linkage grant with BHP Billiton and BlueScope Steel as partner organisations.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford - UK, 14/03/1980
  • Bachelor of Technology, University of Bradford, UK, 06/12/1975

Research

Research keywords

  • Blast Furnace Ironmaking
  • Cokemaking
  • Iron Ore Properties
  • Iron Ore Sintering

Research expertise

• Characterisation of ironmaking raw materials relevant to their end-use (e.g., iron ore for sintering, iron ore sinter and coke for blast furnace ironmaking, and coal for cokemaking)

• Applied research with focus on understanding process fundamentals (e.g., the iron ore sintering and cokemaking processes)

• Formulation of research programs to achieve desired, tangible outcomes (e.g., results that can be used in technical marketing and/or solve commercial-scale problems)

• Effective dissemination and presentation of research results in publications and forums to maximize benefits to the funding organizations (e.g., brochure, journal/conference paper or customer presentation on how to sinter YANDI ore effectively for BHP Billiton Marketing)

Languages

  • English
  • Malay

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
091499Resources Engineering And Extractive Metallurgy Not Elsewhere Classified50
091299Materials Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified35
020499Condensed Matter Physics Not Elsewhere Classified15

Memberships

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Advisory Board of the journal ISIJ International

Awards

Research and Technology Award

1998BHP Innovation Prize - Major Innovation Category
BHP (Australia)
For work carried out on on a new BHP iron ore. Award was for 'YANDI project - Accelerating sales through the use of science'.

Invitations

Sixth International Symposium on Agglomeration
The Society of Powder Technology, The Iron and Steel Institute, The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (Keynote Address)
1993
Annual Meeting
China Society of Metals, China (Invited Presenter)
1997
150th ISIJ Meeting (International Organised Session)
Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, Japan (Invited Presenter)
2005
Third China International Coking Technology and Coke Market Congress
China Iron and Steel Assoc & China Coking Industry Assoc., China (Invited Presenter)
2005
Fourth International Congress on the Science and Technology of Ironmaking
The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, China (Keynote Address)
2006

Administrative

Administrative expertise

• Group Leader of Carbon Steel Materials at BHP Research with total budgets of over AUS $5 million per annum from 2002 to 2005

• Fundamentals Research Leader of Carbon Steel Materials at BHP Research from 2006 to 2009

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Blast Furnace Ironmaking
  • Preparation of Ironmaking feed materials

Teaching expertise

• Ran or was involved in over 60 two-day courses on ironmaking for BHP officers - from iron ore operations and marketing - over a period of 25 years

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Publications

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Journal article (54 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Loo CE, Ellis BG, 'Changing Bed Bulk Density and other Process Conditions during Iron Ore Sintering', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 54 19-28 (2014)
2012Zhou H, Zhao JP, Loo CE, Ellis BG, Cen KF, 'Model predictions of important bed and gas properties during iron ore sintering', ISIJ International, 52 2168-2176 (2012) [C1]
2012Loo CE, Tame N, Penny GC, 'Effect of iron ores and sintering conditions on flame front properties', ISIJ International, 52 967-976 (2012) [C1]
2012Loo CE, Heikkinen J, 'Structural transformation of beds during iron ore sintering', ISIJ International, 52 2158-2167 (2012) [C1]
2012Zhou H, Zhao JP, Loo CE, Ellis BG, Cen KF, 'Numerical modeling of the iron ore sintering process', ISIJ International, 52 1550-1558 (2012) [C1]
2011Loo CE, Matthews LT, O'Dea DP, 'Lump ore and sinter behaviour during softening and melting', ISIJ International, 51 930-938 (2011) [C1]
2009Amanat N, Tsafnat N, Loo BCE, Jones AS, 'Metallurgical coke: An investigation into compression properties and microstructure using X-ray microtomography', SCRIPTA MATERIALIA, 60 92-95 (2009) [C1]
2007Debrincat D, Loo CE, 'Factors influencing particulate emissions during iron ore sintering', ISIJ International, 47 652-658 (2007) [C1]
2007Ellis BG, Loo CE, Witchard D, 'Effect of ore properties on sinter bed permeability and strength', IRONMAKING & STEELMAKING, 34 99-108 (2007) [C1]
2007Jones AS, Reztsov A, Loo CE, 'Application of invariant grey scale features for analysis of porous minerals', MICRON, 38 40-48 (2007) [C1]
2006Loo CE, 'Iron ore sintering research - Past approaches, achievements and future requirements', 4th International Congress on the Science and Technology of Ironmarking, ICSTI 2006, Proceedings, 655-658 (2006)
2006Loo CE, Penny G, 'The structure and strength of metallurgical cokes formed from various parent coals', 4th International Congress on the Science and Technology of Ironmarking, ICSTI 2006, Proceedings, 117-120 (2006)
2005Mahoney M, Andriopoulos N, Keating J, Loo CE, McGuire S, 'Pilot scale simulation of cokemaking in integrated steelworks', IRONMAKING & STEELMAKING, 32 468-478 (2005) [C1]
2005Loo CE, 'A perspective of goethitic ore sintering fundamentals', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 45 436-448 (2005) [C1]
2005Loo CE, Wong DJ, 'Fundamental factors determining laboratory sintering results', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 45 449-458 (2005) [C1]
2005Loo CE, Wong DJ, 'Fundamental insights into the sintering behaviour of goethitic ore blends', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 45 459-468 (2005) [C1]
2005Loo CE, 'A perspective of goethitic ore sintering fundamentals', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 45 434-435 (2005)
2004Debrincat D, Loo CE, Hutchens MF, 'Effect of iron ore particle assimilation on Sinter structure', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 44 1308-1317 (2004) [C1]
2003Loo CE, Leung W, 'Factors influencing the bonding phase structure of iron ore sinters', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 43 1393-1402 (2003) [C1]
2003Andriopoulos N, Loo CE, Dukino R, McGuire SJ, 'Micro-properties of Australian coking coals', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 43 1528-1537 (2003) [C1]
2003Loo CE, Hutchens MF, 'Quantifying the resistance to airflow during iron ore sintering', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 43 630-636 (2003) [C1]
2002Loo CE, Leaney JCM, 'Characterizing the contribution of the high-temperature zone to iron ore sinter bed permeability', TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MINING AND METALLURGY SECTION C-MINERAL PROCESSING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY, 111 C11-C17 (2002) [C1]
2002Loo CE, Dukino RD, Witchard D, 'Rigidity of iron ore sinter mixes', TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MINING AND METALLURGY SECTION C-MINERAL PROCESSING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY, 111 C33-C38 (2002) [C1]
2000Dukino RD, Swain MV, Loo CE, 'A simple contact and fracture mechanics approach to tumble drum breakage', International Journal of Mineral Processing, 59 175-183 (2000) [C1]
2000Loo CE, 'Changes in heat transfer when sintering porous goethitic iron ores', TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MINING AND METALLURGY SECTION C-MINERAL PROCESSING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY, 109 C11-C22 (2000) [C1]
2000Loo CE, Aboutanios J, 'Changes in water distribution when sintering porous goethitic iron ores', TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MINING AND METALLURGY SECTION C-MINERAL PROCESSING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY, 109 C23-C35 (2000) [C1]
1998Loo CE, Bristow NJ, 'Properties of iron bearing materials under simulated blast furnace indirect reduction conditions - Part 1 - Review and experimental procedure', IRONMAKING & STEELMAKING, 25 222-232 (1998) [C1]
1998Loo CE, Bristow NJ, 'Properties of iron bearing materials under simulated blast furnace indirect reduction conditions - Part 2 Reduction degradation', IRONMAKING & STEELMAKING, 25 287-295 (1998) [C1]
1998Loo CE, Bristow NJ, 'Properties of iron bearing materials under simulated blast furnace indirect reduction conditions - Part 3 Reducibility', IRONMAKING & STEELMAKING, 25 366-373 (1998) [C1]
1998Loo CE, Penny GC, 'Granulation behaviour of iron ore blends containing coarse, porous ore', TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MINING AND METALLURGY SECTION C-MINERAL PROCESSING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY, 107 C111-C122 (1998) [C1]
1997Dukino RD, Loo CE, Swain MV, 'Characterisation of strength of Australian iron ores by tumble-drum and drop tests', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 106 80-88 (1997) [C1]
1997Loo CE, Davis L, 'Causes of glass fractures in iron ore sinters', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 106 98-103 (1997) [C1]
1997Yang L, Loo CE, 'Structure of sinters from complex Chinese iron ores.', Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (ISIJ) International, 37 449-457 (1997) [C1]
1997Dukino RD, Loo CE, Swain MV, 'Characterization of strength of Australian iron ores by tumble-drum and drop tests', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy, Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 106 (1997)
1996Loo CE, Mackey L, England BM, 'Behaviour of magnesia bearing minerals during iron ore sintering', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 105 175-189 (1996) [C1]
1996Dukino RD, Swain MV, Loo CE, Bristow MJ, 'Mechanical properties of three Australian iron ores', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 105 164-174 (1996) [C1]
1996Loo CE, Penny GC, Witchard D, 'Effective sintering of iron ore blends containing porous ores at low moisture contents', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 105 22-36 (1996) [C1]
1995Dukino RD, Swain MV, Loo CE, Bristow NJ, England BM, 'Fracture behaviour of three Australian iron ores', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 104 11-19 (1995) [C1]
1995Loo CE, Matthews LT, England BM, Yang CY, Yin JY, 'Sintering reactions between a complex Chinese iron ore concentrate and Australian ores', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 104 70-80 (1995) [C1]
1994Loo CE, Bristow NJ, 'The mechanism of low-temperature reduction degradation of iron ore sinters', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 103 126-134 (1994) [C1]
1994Loo CE, Witchard D, Penny GC, 'Improving the sintering performance of ore blends containing Yandi pisolite ore', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 103 135-146 (1994) [C1]
1994Loo CE, Teo CS, 'Sintering properties of Yandi ore', Kang T'ieh/Iron and Steel (Peking), 29 1-7, 34 (1994)
1992Loo CE, Williams RP, Matthews LT, 'Influence of material properties on the high-temperature zone reactions in sintering of iron ore.', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 101 7-16 (1992) [C1]
1992Loo CE, Matthews LT, 'The assimilation of large ore and flux particles in iron ore sintering', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 101 105-118 (1992) [C1]
1992Loo CE, Matthews LT, Ostwald J, 'Sintering mechanism of a Western Australian pisolitic limonite', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 101 129-138 (1992) [C1]
1992Bristow NJ, Loo CE, 'Sintering of ore mixes containing titanium', Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (ISIJ) International, 32 819-828 (1992) [C1]
1992Teo CS, Mikka R, Loo CE, 'Positioning coke particles in iron ore sintering', Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (ISIJ) International, 32 1047-1057 (1992) [C1]
1992BRISTOW NJ, LOO CE, 'SINTERING PROPERTIES OF IRON-ORE MIXES CONTAINING TITANIUM', ISIJ INTERNATIONAL, 32 819-828 (1992)
1991Loo CE, 'The role of coke size in the sintering of a hematite ore blend', Ironmaking and Steelmaking, 18 33-40 (1991) [C1]
1991Loo CE, 'The influence of a pisolitic limonite on the sintering of an Australian ore blend', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 100 127-134 (1991) [C1]
1990Yang L, Loo CE, Ostwald J, 'The formation of complex calcium ferrite bonding phases from magnetite during sintering', Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 99 80-86 (1990) [C1]
1988Loo CE, Wan KT, Howes VR, 'Mechanical properties of natural and synthetic mineral phases in sinters having varying reduction degradation indices', Ironmaking and Steelmaking, 15 279-285 (1988) [C1]
1987Loo CE, Slechta J, 'The effect of pendular flocculation on the filtration of fine coal', International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization, 5 109-120 (1987) [C1]
1985Loo CE, Bridgwater J, 'Theory of thermal stresses and deposit removal', Powder Technology, 42 55-65 (1985) [C1]
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Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Loo CE, 'Changes in sintering parameters and sinter quality with increasing Australian ore levels', The Fifth Baosteel Biennial Academic Conference, Shanghai (2013) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$4,235,495

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2014 (1 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

2012 (2 grants)

Sinter Modelling$280,000
Funding Body: BHP Billiton Limited

Project Team
Professor Bob Loo
SchemeRole
Research ProjectChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$280,00020122014
GNo:G1200737

Softening-Melting Project$50,000
Funding Body: BlueScope Steel

Project Team
Professor Bob Loo
SchemeRole
Research Collaboration AgreementChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$50,00020122012
GNo:G1101185

2011 (3 grants)

Enhancing the position of Australian iron ores through understanding and altering the coalescence phenomenon during sintering$300,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Bob Loo, Associate Professor John Lucas, Professor Geoffrey Evans, Mr Juha Heikkinen, Dr Daniel Maldonado
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$300,00020112013
GNo:G1000571

Enhancing the position of Australian iron ores through understanding and altering the coalescence phenomenon during sintering$181,715
Funding Body: BHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd

Project Team
Professor Bob Loo, Associate Professor John Lucas, Professor Geoffrey Evans, Mr Juha Heikkinen, Dr Daniel Maldonado
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$181,71520112013
GNo:GS100009

Enhancing the position of Australian iron ores through understanding and altering the coalescence phenomenon during sintering$150,000
Funding Body: BlueScope Steel

Project Team
Professor Bob Loo, Associate Professor John Lucas, Professor Geoffrey Evans, Mr Juha Heikkinen, Dr Daniel Maldonado
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$150,00020112013
GNo:G1000709
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
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
20142018PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorMaterial Type and Voidage Distribution in a Sintering Bed
20122019PhD (Chemical Engineering)Principal SupervisorIron Ore Sintering Coalescence Mechanism
20102015PHD Engineering & Related Technolo
Zhejiang University, PRC
Co-SupervisorFundamental factors controlling iron ore sinter quality
20072012PHD Engineering & Related Technolo
Zhejiang University, PRC
Co-SupervisorNumerical modelling of the iron ore sintering process

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2009PhD (Chemical Engineering)Co-SupervisorFundamental Factors Influencing Coke Strength
1997PHD Mechanical Engineering
University of Sydney
Co-SupervisorApplication of fracture mechanics to ironmaking materials
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Professor Chin (Bob) Loo

Work Phone(02) 40339142
Cell / Mobile Phone0400130559
Email
PositionProfessor
Centre for Ironmaking Materials Research
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
NIER,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/bob-loo