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Biography

Dr Craig Wheeler has extensive experience in the field of bulk solids handling. This experience was initially gained through his background in heavy industry with BHP Billiton over a period of more than 10 years. Dr Wheeler became actively involved in bulk solids research, specifically in the field of belt conveying, through his involvement with the Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies.

He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in this field for his thesis entitled 'Analysis of the Main Resistances of Belt Conveyors'. His doctoral work presented new theoretical models for the prediction of power requirements of belt conveyors and included significant contributions in the numerical modelling of viscoelastic belting material and belt and bulk material interactions. He is also responsible for developing several novel experimental techniques for conveyor motion resistance measurement. His work represents a significant and novel departure from the traditional empirical techniques of conveyor design.

Dr Wheeler's doctoral work is currently being integrated with state-of-the-art numerical optimisation techniques based on evolutionary methods of global optimisation. This work is funded by a 3 year ARC Discovery Grant which he is working on in collaboration with Em. Prof. Alan Roberts and Dr Christopher Wensrich. This work will build a strong foundation for future conveyor design and will lead to significant improvements in the efficiency and running costs of belt conveyor systems.

Dr Wheeler's industrial background gives him significant insight into the problems and issues faced by industry. This insight is heavily utilised in his research work, and in the large number of industrial consulting projects undertaken by Dr Wheeler through TUNRA Bulk Solids at the University of Newcastle. His work provides an excellent link between fundamental research and its application to industrial problems.

These significant contributions have been made over a relatively short amount of time, owing to his previous career in heavy industry.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 05/03/2004
  • Bachelor of Engineering, University of Newcastle, 18/04/1996

Research

Research keywords

  • Belt Conveyor Systems
  • Bulk Solids Handling

Research expertise

My research interests initially stemmed from a background in heavy industry. During my employment with BHP I was involved in the design, maintenance and operation of bulk material handling plant and equipment. This interest then turned to research when I was invited to undertake doctoral studies in the field of belt conveying.

My principal research interests involve minimising the power consumption of belt conveying systems. Belt conveyors are widely used to continuously transport bulk material, such as coal, iron ore, bauxite and grain, over distances ranging from several metres to tens of kilometres. The importance of belt conveying systems to the mining and minerals processing industries is immense. In a global sense, hundreds of billions of tonnes of bulk materials are transported by belt conveyors each year. The investment and ongoing costs associated with these systems are substantial and can represent a significant proportion of overall plant costs.

In 2004 I was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy for my thesis entitled Analysis of the Main Resistances of Belt Conveyors. This work presented new theoretical approaches to calculate the power requirements of belt conveyors by developing individual models for each component of the motion resistance. These models involved the development of a finite element model for the viscoelastic rolling problem of the idler roll and the conveyor belt and a finite difference model to simulate the interaction between the belt and the bulk solid being transported. While highly analytical and computationally intensive the work remained focused on finding a practical solution to an industrial problem. To experimentally confirm the models the work also involved developing several novel experimental techniques for conveyor motion resistance measurement.

More recently my research interests have focused on the growing need to optimise the design of belt conveyor systems in terms of efficiency and life-cycle cost. Operational and maintenance costs associated with a belt conveying system are heavily dependent on the design and configuration of the system. My current research activities are focused on advancing the models developed in my doctoral work and applying state-of-the-art numerical optimisation techniques based on evolutionary methods of global optimisation. This work is currently funded by a 3 year ARC Discovery Grant which I am a CI. This work will build a strong foundation for future conveyor design and will lead to significant improvements in the efficiency and running costs of belt conveyor systems.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
091399Mechanical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified60
091499Resources Engineering And Extractive Metallurgy Not Elsewhere Classified35
090499Chemical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified5

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Convener - Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling
  • Member - Engineers Australia

Appointments

Board Member
Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies (Australia)
01/01/2005

Awards

Research Award.

2006Best Research and Development Project
Australian Bulk Handling Review (Australia)
2000A.W. Roberts Award
Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling (Australia)
The A.W. Roberts Award is for significant contributions to bulk materials handling.

Invitations

International Powder and Bulk Solids Conference
Reed Exhibitions, United States (Inivited Workshop)
2004
BeltCon14
The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers, South Africa (Invite Lecture)
2007
BeltCon12
The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers, South Africa (Invited Lecture)
2003
BeltCon13
The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers, South Africa (Invited Lecture)
2005
BULKEX Melbourne
Informa, Australia (Invited Workshop)
2006
Bulk Asia 2005
Bulk Asia 2005 Conference Organising Committee, India (Invited Workshop)
2005
International Powder and Bulk Solids Conference
Reed Exhibitions, United States (Invited Workshop)
2002

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Board Member, Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies (2005 to current)

I am a Board Member of the Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies. The Centre is a joint activity between the Universities of Newcastle and Wollongong. This position involves the general governance of the Centre and actively promoting the research and teaching activities of the centre both nationally and internationally.

Discipline Representative, Marketing Committee Group (2006 to current)

I am the Disciplines representative on the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environments Marketing Committee Group. Activities include participating in school visits, information sessions, careers markets, etc. These activities have involved giving presentations to prospective students and their parents, and assisting students to select the most appropriate engineering discipline given their interests and desires.

Discipline, Postgraduate Student Director (2005 to current)

This position involves answering questions regarding procedural matters that a student may have relating to their candidature and scholarship. I am also responsible for:

  • Reviewing and processing enrolment and scholarship applications
  • Upgrades from Masters to PhD programs
  • Co-coordinating the annual Discipline of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Postgraduate Student Conference
  • Judging the Faculties Postgraduate Student Research Prize

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Engineering Computations
  • Engineering Design

Teaching expertise

I have a combination of both industrial and research experience which underpins my teaching philosophy and approach. This background gives me the ability to draw on practical experiences that not only motivate students to learn, but also assist them to develop attributes desired by employers.

My key areas of undergraduate teaching are Mechanical Engineering Design and Engineering Computations. I have obtained a significant amount of applied knowledge in these areas through my industrial and research activities. I currently teach Mechanical Engineering Design to both Mechanical and Mechatronics students at Newcastle and Singapore Campuses.

I was also actively involved in lecturing in the Masters of Engineering, Bulk Solids Handling which was offered by the Centre of Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies. This postgraduate degree is no longer offered, however I am still involved in the delivery of the individual courses which are offered as Professional Development Courses to industry.

I am currently supervising one PhD and co-supervising two Research Masters scholars. Since my appointment I have supervised more than 30 Honours students. While most of the projects which the students have undertaken are in my research area, I also actively supervise students undertaking a wide range of industry based projects.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
2001Wheeler CA, 'Analysis of the Indentation Rolling Resistance of Belt Conveyors', The Seventh International Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation Conference Proceedings Volume Two, Newcastle, Australia (2001) [E1]
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: Alan Roberts

2003Wheeler CA, 'Predicting the Main Resistance of Belt Conveyors', BELTCON 12, South Africa (2003) [E1]
2008Wheeler CA, 'Evolutionary belt conveyor design: Optimizing costs', Bulk Material Handling by Conveyor Belt 7, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Englewood, Colorado 3-11 (2008) [B1]

Publications

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Chapter (2 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: Alan Roberts

2008Wheeler CA, 'Evolutionary belt conveyor design: Optimizing costs', Bulk Material Handling by Conveyor Belt 7, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Englewood, Colorado 3-11 (2008) [B1]

Journal article (25 outputs)

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2014O'Shea JI, Wheeler CA, Munzenberger PJ, Ausling DG, 'The influence of viscoelastic property measurements on the predicted rolling resistance of belt conveyors', Journal of Applied Polymer Science, (2014)
2014O'Shea JI, Wheeler CA, Munzenberger PJ, Ausling DG, 'The influence of viscoelastic property measurements on the predicted rolling resistance of belt conveyors', Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 131 9170-9178 (2014)
2013Esmaili AA, Wheeler CA, McBride WM, Donohue TJ, 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]
2013Chen X, Wheeler C, 'Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling of transfer chutes: A study of the influence of model parameters', Chemical Engineering Science, 95 194-202 (2013) [C1]
2013Chin CS, Wheeler C, 'Sliding-mode control of an electromagnetic actuated conveyance system using contactless sensing', IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 60 5315-5324 (2013) [C1]
2012Reicks AV, Rudolphi TJ, Wheeler CA, 'A comparison of calculated and measured indentation losses in rubber belt covers', Bulk Solids Handling, 32 52-57 (2012) [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]
2011Ilic D, Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, 'Investigation of bulk solid material load profiles on a belt conveyor test rig', Bulk Solids Handling, 31 112-117 (2011) [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]
2010Dratt M, Katterfeld A, Wheeler CA, 'Prediction of conveyor belt deflection by coupling of FEM and DEM simulations', Bulk Solids & Powder, Science & Technology, 30 380-384 (2010) [C1]
2010Katterfeld A, Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, 'Transfer chute design: simulation-based dust prediction', Bulk Solids Handling, 30 240-245 (2010) [C2]
2009Wheeler CA, Munzenberger PJ, 'Predicting the influence of conveyor belt carcass properties on indentation rolling resistance', Bulk Solids & Powder: Science & Technology, 4 67-74 (2009) [C1]
2008Wheeler CA, Ausling DG, 'Numerical optimisation techniques applied to belt conveyor design', Bulk Solids & Powder: Science & Technology, 3 15-22 (2008) [C1]
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]
2008Bunn TF, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, 'Water available for recycling after the placement of dense phase flyash slurries', Australian Bulk Handling Review, 13 44-46 (2008) [C2]

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: Alan Roberts

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, Wheeler CA, Wiche SJ, 'The mechanics of feeding bulk solids in a rotary dryer', Particulate Science and Technology, 25 327-343 (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]
2007Wheeler CA, 'Bulk solid flexure resistance', Bulk Solids Handling, 25 220-225 (2007) [C2]
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: Alan Roberts

2007Wheeler CA, 'Design considerations for belt conveyors', Australian Bulk Handling Review, 12 50-56 (2007) [C2]
2006Wheeler CA, 'Indentation rolling resistance of belt conveyors - A finite element solution', Bulk Solids Handling, 26 40-43 (2006) [C2]
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]
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Conference (67 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Munzenberger PJ, O'Shea JI, Wheeler CA, 'Approximating stress relaxation properties of rubber for indentation rolling resistance calculations', ICBMH 2013 - 11th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation, Newcastle. NSW (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]
2013Wheeler CA, Ilic D, Ausling D, 'Bulk solid and conveyor belt interactions during transport', Beltcon 17 Papers, South Africa (2013) [E1]
2013Munzenberger PJ, Wheeler CA, 'Advances in predicting the indentation rolling resistance of conveyor belts', Beltcon 17 Papers, South Africa (2013) [E1]
2013Bunn TF, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, 'Comparative Rheology of Fly Ash Slurries using Rotary and Pipeline Viscometers', Proceedings. ICBMH 2013. 11th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings, Newcastle, Australia (2013) [E1]

Co-authors: Mark Jones

2013Wheeler CA, Chen XL, Donohue TJ, Potapov A, 'Computer simulation of airflow around transfer chutes via linked DEM and CFD approach', ICBMH 2013. 11th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings., Newcastle, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Wheeler CA, Ilic D, Munzenberger PJ, Ausling DG, 'Design considerations to minimise energy consumption and cost of belt conveyors', Indian Power Stations O & M Conference, New Delhi, India (2013) [E2]
2012Dratt M, Schartner P, Katterfeld A, Wheeler CA, Wensrich CM, 'Coupled DEM and FEM simulations for the analysis of conveyor belt deflection', Papers. Bulk Solids Europe 2012 International Conference on Storing, Handling and Transporting Bulk, Berlin, Germany (2012) [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: Alan Roberts

2012Bunn TF, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, Wedmore G, 'Comparison between flow cones and a rotary viscometer', 7th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids (CHoPS), Freidrichschafen, Germany (2012) [E2]

Co-authors: Mark Jones

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: Alan Roberts

2012Dratt M, Katterfeld A, Schartner P, Wheeler CA, 'Gekoppelte simulationen auf basis der diskrete und finite elemente methode und deren anwendungsmöglichkeit in der schüttgutförder', Fachtagung Schuttgutfordertechnik 2012, Garching, Germany (2012) [E2]
2012Munzenberger PJ, Wheeler CA, 'Prediction of conveyor belt indentation rolling resistance using the finite element method', 7th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids (CHoPS), Freidrichschafen, Germany (2012) [E2]
2011Ilic D, Donohue TJ, Katterfield A, Wheeler CA, 'Application of DEM in the analysis of bulk solid interactions in belt conveying systems', Proceedings of the 2nd International FLAC/DEM Symposium: Continuum and Distinct Element Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics, Melbourne, Australia (2011) [E1]
2011Katterfield A, Dratt M, Wheeler CA, 'Coupling ANSYS and PFC3D for the simulation of the conveyor belt deflection', Proceedings of the 2nd International FLAC/DEM Symposium: Continuum and Distinct Element Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics, Melbourne, Australia (2011) [E1]
2011Donohue TJ, Robinson PWA, Wheeler CA, 'DEM study of a scale model bucket wheel reclaimer', Proceedings of the 2nd International FLAC/DEM Symposium: Continuum and Distinct Element Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics, Melbourne, Australia (2011) [E1]
2011Chin CS, Wheeler CA, Quah SL, Low TY, 'Design, modeling and experimental testing of magnetic levitation system for conveyance applications', CCIE 2011 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Computing, Control and Industrial Engineering, Wuhan, China (2011) [E1]
2011Munzenberger PJ, Wheeler CA, 'The influence of 'maximum indicated slope' and 'total indicated run-out' on the noise caused by the interaction of conveyor idler rolls and conveyor belts', Beltcon 16 Papers, Johannesburg, South Africa (2011) [E1]
2011Wheeler CA, Munzenberger P, 'Indentation rolling resistance measurement', Beltcon 16 Papers, Johannesburg, South Africa (2011) [E1]
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]
2011Bunn TF, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, 'The pumping characteristics of fly ash slurry in a pipeline', Proceedings of the 14th International Freight Pipeline Society Symposium, Madrid, Spain (2011) [E2]

Co-authors: Mark Jones

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]
2010Katterfeld A, Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, 'Simulation based dust predication of transfer chutes', Bulk Solids India 2010 Proceedings, Mumbai, India (2010) [E1]
2010Ilic D, Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, 'Investigation of bulk solid material load profiles on a belt conveyor test rig using DEM', Bulk Solids India 2010 Proceedings, Mumbai, India (2010) [E1]
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]
2010Ausling DG, Wheeler CA, 'Non-constant radius curve profiles in controlling lateral belt drift through horizontal curves in belt conveyor systems', 6th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics Proceedings, Perth, WA (2010) [E1]
2010Bunn TF, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, 'Thixotropic behaviour of fly ash slurries', WCPT6 2010: World Congress on Particle Technology, Nuremberg, Germany (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Mark Jones

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]
2009Ilic D, Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, 'Discrete element modeling of bulk solid active and passive stress states on a belt conveyor test rig', 6th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids with 10th ICBMH and BULKEX: Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]
2009Wheeler CA, Munzenberger PJ, 'A pseudo 3D analysis of the indentation rolling resistance problem', BELTCON 15: Papers, South Africa (2009) [E1]
2009Bunn TF, Gilroy T, Wheeler CA, Jones MG, 'Are tailing dams viable in the modern environment?', 6th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids with 10th ICBMH and BULKEX: Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: Mark Jones

2009Ausling DG, Wheeler CA, 'Optimising belt conveyor design using CEMA's universal method', 6th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids with 10th ICBMH and BULKEX: Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]
2009Munzenberger PJ, Wheeler CA, 'A comparison of the stress distribution in steel cable and fabric reinforced conveyor belt', 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]
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]
2008Munzenberger PJ, Wheeler CA, 'Indentation rolling resistance of steel cord conveyor belts', Innovation in Bulk Materials Handling & Processing 2008 Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]
2008Wheeler CA, Munzenberger PJ, 'Indentation rolling resistance of steel cord conveyor belts: A pseudo 3D viscoelastic finite element analysis', International Conference on Storing, Handling and Transporting Bulk, Prague, Czech Republic (2008) [E1]
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: Alan Roberts

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]
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: Alan Roberts

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: Alan Roberts

2007Bunn TF, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, 'The relationship between packing density and pumpability of fly ash slurries', ICBMH 2007. 9th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Mark Jones

2007Munzenberger PJ, Wheeler CA, 'Analysis of the effects of thrust forces on conveyor idler bearings caused by skewed idlers', ICBMH 2007. 9th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]
2007Pietsch M, Wheeler CA, 'The Innovative Conveying System (ICS): An overview of a new bulk conveying technology', ICBMH 2007. 9th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]
2007Wheeler CA, Ausling DG, 'Reducing life cycle costs of belt conveyors', ICMBH 2007. 9th International Conference on Bulk Materials Handling Storage, Handling and Transportation. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E1]
2007Wheeler CA, Ausling DG, 'Evolutionary belt conveyor design', BELTCON 14. International Materials Handling Conference. Papers, Birchwood, South Africa (2007) [E1]
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: Alan Roberts

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: Alan Roberts

2006Bunn TF, Jones MG, Donohue TJ, Wheeler CA, 'A Model to Determine the Packing Density of Fly Ash Slurries', Proceedings of The Fifth World Congress on Particle Technology CD-Rom, Florida, USA (2006) [E2]

Co-authors: Mark Jones

2006Wheeler CA, 'Design Considerations to Reduce the Cost of Belt Conveyor Systems', Bulk Europe 2006 Papers CD-Rom, Barcelona, Spain (2006) [E2]
2006Wheeler CA, 'Minimising the Motion Resistances of Belt Conveyors', CHoPS-05, 2006 Conference Proceedings CD-Rom, Sorrento, Italy (2006) [E2]
2006Bunn TF, Jones MG, Wheeler CA, 'The Effect of Particle Size Distribution on the Rheology of Fly Ash Slurries', CHoPS-05, 2006 Conference Proceedings CD-Rom, Sorrento, Italy (2006) [E2]

Co-authors: Mark Jones

2005Wheeler CA, 'Bulk solid flexure resistance', Beltcon 13 Conference Proceedings, South Africa (2005) [E1]
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: Alan Roberts

2004Wensrich CM, Wheeler CA, 'Evolutionary optimisation in loading chute design', Conference Paper, Wollongong, Australia (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]
2004Wheeler CA, Wensrich CM, 'The influence of bulk solid properties on the motion resistance of belt conveyors', Conference Paper, Wollongong, Australia (2004) [E1]
2004Wheeler CA, Madden WF, 'Quantifying the rotating resistance of belt conveyor idler rolls', Conference Paper, Wollongong, Australia (2004) [E1]
2003Wheeler CA, 'Predicting the Main Resistance of Belt Conveyors', BELTCON 12, South Africa (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: Alan Roberts

2003Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, Wiche SJ, 'The Mechanics of Feeding Bulk Solids in a Rotary Dryer', The 4th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids, Budapest (2003) [E2]
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]
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]
2001Wheeler CA, 'Analysis of the Indentation Rolling Resistance of Belt Conveyors', The Seventh International Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation Conference Proceedings Volume Two, Newcastle, Australia (2001) [E1]
2001Madden W, Wheeler CA, 'Dynamic Balancing of Belt Conveyor Idler Rolls', The Seventh International Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation Conference Proceedings Volume Two, Newcastle, Australia (2001) [E1]
2000Wheeler CA, Roberts AW, 'Measurement of the Main Resistance of Horizontal Belt Conveying', IMechE ConferenceTransactions, London (2000) [E1]

Co-authors: Alan Roberts

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants20
Total funding$5,011,097

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2014 (3 grants)

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, Mr 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

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 GrantChief Investigator
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 GrantInvestigator
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

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 fundingChief Investigator
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 ProjectsInvestigator
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 ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$700,00020092012
GNo:G0189754

2008 (6 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 ProjectsInvestigator
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 ProjectsInvestigator
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 fundingInvestigator
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 fundingInvestigator
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 fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00020082010
GNo:G0189239

2008 SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Annual Meeting), Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 24/2/2008 - 27/2/2008$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020082008
GNo:G0188512

2007 (2 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 ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$300,00020072009
GNo:G0186345

Belton 14, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1/8/2007 - 2/8/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0188107

2006 (1 grants)

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 GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020062006
GNo:G0186089

2005 (2 grants)

Optimisation of Belt Conveyor Systems$9,519
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Chris Wensrich
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,51920052005
GNo:G0184762

Beltcon 13, 3-4 August 2005$2,235
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,23520052005
GNo:G0185610

2003 (1 grants)

Beltcon 12, Johannesburg, South Africa 23-24 July, 2003$1,230
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Craig Wheeler
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,23020032003
GNo:G0183175
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions13
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL1.45
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL3.98

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
20142018M Philosophy (Mechanical Eng)Principal SupervisorString Theory of Belt Weighing
20142016M Philosophy (Mechanical Eng)Principal SupervisorExperimental Analysis of Belt Flexure Resistance of Conveyor Belt
20142018PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorDrive Mechanics in High Capacity Belt Conveyors
20142016PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorFugitive Dust Emissions
20132017M Philosophy (Mechanical Eng)Principal SupervisorAnalysis of the Stress Distribution Through Conveyor Belt Splices
20122014PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorAnalysis of a Steep Angle Conveying System
20112014PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorDevelopment of a High Capacity, Steel Angle Belt Conveying System
20112014PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorMechanical & Dielectric Relaxation Studies of Belt Conveying Compounds to Determine Indentation Rolling Resistance Properties
20092017PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorPassive Control of Dust Emissions in Discrete Bulk Materials Feed Situation
20092012PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorDetermining the Indentation Rolling Resistance of Cable Reinforced Conveyor Belt Using Three Dimensional Non-Linear Finite Element Modeling
20092012PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorOptimisation of Belt Conveying Systems
20082010PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorModelling and Optimisation of Conveyor Belts
20032012PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorHydraulic Conveying

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorBulk Solid Interactions in Belt Conveying Systems
2013PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorExperimental and Numerical Investigation of Dust Emissions From Transfer Chutes
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Associate Professor Craig Wheeler

Work Phone(02) 4033 9037
Fax(02) 4033 9044
Email
PositionAssociate Professor
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMechanical Engineering
Office
709,
NIER A-Block,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/craig-wheeler