Dr Wei Chen

Dr Wei Chen

Research Associate

School of Engineering

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Chen completed his Bachelor's Degree in Central South University, China majoring in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering. He then worked as Project Engineer for China Lu An Group, the seventh largest coal mining group in China. In 2010, he came to Newcastle University pursuing PhD study in Mechanical Engineering. 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.

Research Expertise
Dr Chen has been a Research Associate with The University of Newcastle since December 2013. Dr Chen has had considerable research and industrial consulting experience relating to granular materials research and other interdisciplinary fields. His research interests include

  • Bulk Solids Flow Properties
  • Pneumatic Conveying
  • Applied Discrete Element Modelling
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Image Processing & Computer Vision
  • Geo-mechanical Applications

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 ARC, Australian Coal Association Research Research Programme (ACARP) and AMIRA, etc. 

Teaching Expertise
Supervision of four 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); One student, Delft University of Technologies, The Netherlands - 3 month Master Thesis. 

Collaborations

  • Collaboration with Otto Von Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany on Discrete Element Modelling
  • Collaboration with Teeside University, UK on Electrostatic Sensor for pipelines
  • Collaboration with Pittsburgh University, USA on granular sensors

Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Bulk Material Handling
  • Discrete Element Modelling
  • Fluid Rheology
  • Image Processing
  • Non-Ferrous Metallurgy
  • Pneumatic Conveying
  • Transportable Moisture Limit

Languages

  • Mandarin (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
091599 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified 50
091499 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
20/12/2013 - 11/07/2015 Research Associate Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2015 Best Paper of Iron Ore 2015 Conference
AusIMM

Prize

Year Award
2016 First Prize Winner - 2016 Unearthed Hackathon Hunter Valley
Unearthed
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Chen W, Williams KC, Jones M, 'Applications of Numerical Modeling in Pneumatic Conveying', Pneumatic Conveying Design Guide, Elsevier Ltd, Oxford 521-552 (2016)
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-08-100649-8.00023-8
Co-authors Ken Williams

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Chen W, Williams KC, Donohue TJ, Katterfeld A, 'Application of the image processing technique in identifying the particle dispersion from a centrifugal fertilizer spreader', Particulate Science and Technology, 1-9 (2016)

2016 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLCParticle dispersion in the vicinity of an agricultural fertilizer spreader is difficult to capture due to the rapid particle traveling... [more]

2016 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLCParticle dispersion in the vicinity of an agricultural fertilizer spreader is difficult to capture due to the rapid particle traveling motion. This paper introduced a granule impact indentation-based technique to simultaneously record the two-dimensional particle dispersion from a spinning concave disc type of spreader. A Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium (NPK) type of fertilizer was utilized to induce indentations on aluminum foils placed on the wall panels confining an experimental spreader system. Subsequently, an image processing technique which is comprised of the multicolor edge detection, the curve closing, and the region merging techniques was purposely developed to automatically identify and locate the granule impacts on the sampled foil digital images. Overlapping impacts were characterized based on the granulometry of the fertilizer sample. The reconstructed particle dispersion pattern using the image processing method showed good agreement with the experimental observations. The outcome of this research enabled a fast and effective method for quantitatively assessing the particle distribution for a specific fertilizer spreader.

DOI 10.1080/02726351.2016.1184731
Co-authors Ken Williams
2015 Chen W, Williams KC, Bunn TF, Liang C, Jones MG, 'Measurement and modelling of the apparent shear resistance for aerated fine powders', Granular Matter, (2015) [C1]

Fine powders (Formula presented.)) behave analogously to liquids when aerated by air. Hence, methods (e.g. Couette method) used to determine the flow performance of liquids can be... [more]

Fine powders (Formula presented.)) behave analogously to liquids when aerated by air. Hence, methods (e.g. Couette method) used to determine the flow performance of liquids can be adopted to investigate the similar flow properties (e.g. apparent shear resistance) of aerated powders. By this means, the understanding and handling techniques for aerated fine powders can be significantly enhanced. This research aims to investigate the apparent shear resistance of aerated fine powders through a specialised viscometer. Such a viscometer is combined with a fluidisation system and a common rotary viscometer. Three types of fine powders (alumina, cement and flyash) were selected as testing materials. Experimental results indicated that aerated fine powders behave similarly to Herschel¿Bulkley non-Newtonian fluids. Subsequently, the apparent shear resistance for three fine powders were modelled by modifying the original Herschel¿Bulkley rheology model. Consequently, the apparent shear resistance of a specific aerated powder can be measured and modelled using the bench scale system developed in this study, thus can be utilised to predict the flow performance of fine powders in pneumatic conveyors.

DOI 10.1007/s10035-015-0582-0
Co-authors Ken Williams, Mark Jones
2014 Williams KC, Chen W, Weeger S, Donohue TJ, 'Particle shape characterisation and its application to discrete element modelling', PARTICUOLOGY, 12 80-89 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.partic.2013.02.014
Citations Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Ken Williams
2014 Chen W, Williams KC, Jabs I, Jones MG, 'A qualitative study on the pulsatile flow phenomenon in a dense fly ash pneumatic conveyor', Particuology, 17 81-91 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.partic.2014.03.005
Co-authors Ken Williams, Mark Jones
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Conference (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Chen W, Donohue T, Williams K, Katterfeld A, Roessler T, 'Modelling Cohesion and Adhesion of Wet, Sticky Iron Ore in Discrete Element Modeling for Material Handling Process', Iron Ore 2015 Conference Proceedings (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Ken Williams
2013 Chen 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 (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Ken Williams, Mark Jones
2013 Katterfeld 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)
2013 Zhang 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, Mark Jones
2012 Chen 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)
2012 Williams 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)
2011 Williams 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)
2011 Chen 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 (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.239-242.3323
Co-authors Ken Williams, Mark Jones
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $2,165,851

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20163 grants / $505,000

Modelling of Slug Pneumatic Conveying with an In-situ Microprobe Sensor$405,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Mark Jones, Doctor Wei Chen, Doctor Kenneth Williams, Professor George Klinzing, Professor William Clark
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1500141
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Advanced de-watering of problematic ore and tailings$50,000

Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Funding body Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Project Team Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Kenneth Williams, Mr Peter Robinson, Doctor Wei Chen, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Kevin Barber
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Programme: Research Connections
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501212
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Advanced de-watering of problematic ore and tailings$50,000

Funding body: Jord International Pty Limited

Funding body Jord International Pty Limited
Project Team Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Kenneth Williams, Mr Peter Robinson, Doctor Wei Chen, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Kevin Barber
Scheme Research Connections Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501401
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20153 grants / $279,851

AMIRA Project P1150 - Moisture Measurement and Control for Iron Ore Conveyor Systems$162,501

Funding body: AMIRA International Limited

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
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1500712
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

ACARP Project C24062 - Coal TML UoN Research Component$99,850

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

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
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500447
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Development of a moisture migration predictive model for a shipborne coal product$17,500

Funding body: AngloAmerican Metallurgical Coal Pty Ltd

Funding body AngloAmerican Metallurgical Coal Pty Ltd
Project Team Doctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Wei Chen, Doctor Jie Guo, Prof MARK Jones
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501386
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20141 grants / $1,381,000

ACARP Project C24001 - Transportable Moisture Limit of Coal – Stage 2$1,381,000

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

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, Doctor Dusan Ilic
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1400689
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.2
PhD0.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 Masters Identification of Moisture Reduction Systems and Associated Moisture Removal Mechanism for Hydrophilic Ores
M Philosophy (Mechanical Eng), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Experimental and Numerical Investigation into Moisture Migration of Bulk Solids under Dynamic Conditions
PhD (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 Masters Experimental and Numercial Investigation of the Moisture Migration Behaviours in Bulk Material Handling
Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Co-Supervisor
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News

Australian Research Council (ARC)

ARC Discovery Projects funding success 2016

November 5, 2015

Professor Mark Jones, Dr Kenneth Williams, Dr Wei Chen, Professor George Klinzing and Professor William Clark been awarded $405,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2016 for their research project Modelling of Slug Pneumatic Conveying with an In-situ Microprobe Sensor.

Dr Wei Chen

Position

Research Associate
CBSPT/TBS
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email w.chen@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4033 9103
Mobile 0403 895 090
Fax (02) 4033 9044
Link Personal webpage

Office

Room A 701
Building NIER Site
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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