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Biography

Dr. Chen completed his Bachelor's Degree in Central South University, China majoring in Metallurgy. He then worked for Lu An Coal Mining Group, the seventh largest coal mining group in China, after which he came to Newcastle University pursuing PhD study in Mechanical Engineering in 2010. On 2013, he completed the PhD and continued his research career with Newcastle University since. He is also affiliated with TUNRA Bulk Solids where he performs industrial consulting activities.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Thermal Energy & Dynamic), Central South University - China, 19/06/2009

Research

Research keywords

  • Bulk Material Handling
  • Discrete Element Modelling
  • Fluid Rheology
  • Pneumatic Conveying
  • Transportable Moisture Limit

Research expertise

Dr Chen has been a Research Associate with The University of Newcastle since January 2014, and before that he was a PhD student. Since the employment, Dr Chen has had considerable research and industrial consulting experience relating to granular materials.In addition to this, he has carried out

extensive research in the area of rheology of aerated powder material and more recently research in the numerical modelling area using Distinct Element Modelling (DEM), Computer Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Lattice-Boltzmann Method (LBM). Other areas of research have been in the use of imaging techniques including Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT) and high speed imagery to visualise bulk solid flows.

Dr Chen has also been involved with competitive industry funded research projects, and has successful history working with research mentors from Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies to secure funding from Australian Coal Association Research Research Programme (ACARP) and AMIRA. His predominant research area for these projects are developing modelling techniques to predict bulk cargo surface and sub-surface failure under oscillatory conditions during ship borne transportation of ore and coal. This work has led to the more recent investigation of predicting moisture migration rates for bulk materials undergoing dynamic motions. this work is crucial for design of optimised bulk material systems.

Languages

  • Chinese

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
091399Mechanical Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified60
091599Interdisciplinary Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified20
091499Resources Engineering And Extractive Metallurgy Not Elsewhere Classified20

Collaboration

Collaboration with Otto Von Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany on Discrete Element Modelling

Collaboration with Teeside University, US on Electrical Resistance Tomography

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Supervision of two students at the University of Newcastle for their final year projects.

Supervision of secondment students from their home University: One Student, University of Nuremburg, Germany - 6 month Diploma Thesis (2009 and 2011); More international internships and master’s supervision are planned in 2015.

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Publications

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Journal article (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Chen W, Williams KC, Jabs I, Jones MG, 'A qualitative study on the pulsatile flow phenomenon in a dense fly ash pneumatic conveyor', Particuology, . (2014)
2014Williams KC, Chen W, Weeger S, Donohue TJ, 'Particle shape characterisation and its application to discrete element modelling', PARTICUOLOGY, 12 80-89 (2014)

Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Chen W, Williams KC, Jones MG, Bunn TF, 'Investigation into the rheological characteristics of aerated Flyash powder', ICBMH 2013 - 11th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation, Newcastle, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Zhang JY, Chen W, Cheng RX, Williams KC, Jones MG, Zhou B, 'A comparative study on the influence of particle size on the turbulence characteristics within gas-solids pneumatic flows using an Electrostatic sensor and CFD-DEM simulation', IV UK-China Particle Technology Forum (2013)

Co-authors: KEN WILLIAMS

2013Katterfeld A, Donohue TJ, Chen W, 'On the Calibration of Material Properties for Discrete Element Modelling', ICBMH 2013 - 11th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation (2013)
2012Williams KC, Weeger S, Donohue TJ, Chen W, 'Characterising Particle Shape using the Computer Vision Technique', 7th international Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids (2012)
2012Chen W, Williams KC, Jones MG, 'Investigation into the hydrostatic yield stress of aerated powders using a method based on static equilibrium of an immersed object', 7th international Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids (2012)
2011Chen W, Williams KC, Jones MG, 'Decomposition and statistical analysis of bulk density levels of dense phase flyash powder flow within a pneumatic conveyor', Advanced Materials Research, Changsha, China (2011) [E1]
2011Williams KC, Chen W, Jones MG, 'Analysis on the Bulk Density Levels of Dense Phase Flyash Powder Flow within a Pneumatic Conveyor', 2011 International Freight Pipeline Society Symposium (2011)
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants2
Total funding$1,455,900

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2015 (1 grants)

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 (1 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, 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
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Dr Wei Chen

Work Phone(02) 4033 9103
Cell / Mobile Phone0403 895 090
Fax(02) 4033 9044
Email
PositionResearch Associate
CBSPT/TBS
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
A 701,
NIER Site,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/w-chen