The Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport find solutions to problems in the mineral industry, including developing innovative processes to maximise the separation of products from waste material, and ways to reduce water and energy usage

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ADVANCED PARTICLE PROCESSING AND TRANSPORT
Centre for Advanced Partical Processing and Transport

Research

Development of the Reflux Classifier

The device consists of a system of inclined channels attached to a conventional fluidised bed. The inclined channels permit significantly higher feed rates, with improved separation performance achieved as a result of the higher shear rates in the channels. Professor Galvin is the inventor of the Reflux Classifier. In 2003 the Reflux Classifier attracted the Queensland Enterprise Workshop Innovation Award for best invention. The Reflux Classifier was also a finalist in the Queensland Smart Awards (2006). Professor Galvin received the 2004 ACARP national Award for Research Excellence for Coal Preparation, and (with Ludowici MPE) the 2005 Business and Higher Education award for the best Research and Development Collaboration.

Since 2005, 22 units have been sold into Australia, China, New Zealand, United States, India and Mozambinque, with installed capacity of 15.4 million tonnes per annum.

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The Jameson Cell

The Jameson Cell is a radically-different flotation machine that gives better performance than traditional designs. Jameson has been engaged in a long-term program to improve the performance of flotation equipment for mineral and coal separations and wastewater treatment. In the years 2000 to 2005, 52 Jameson Cells have been sold, to mineral and coal operations in Australia, Peru, Mexico, Israel, Zambia, China, Laos, and Bulgaria. In terms of economic impact, the largest contribution has been to the Australian coal industry, where in the same period of time, 39 cells have been sold to 20 sites. The installed capacity of these cells is 13.5 million tonnes per annum, and the value of the export coal recovered by their use is $1.35 billion dollars per annum. The importance of the Jameson Cell has been recognised by numerous awards.

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TUNRA Bulk Solids

For over 30 years TUNRA Bulk Solids has undertaken over 2000 projects for more than 600 companies in over 30 countries worldwide. The work has led to significant changes to industrial practice both in Australia and overseas particularly in regard to the design and operation of storage systems (silos, stockpiles), feeders, in-plant conveyors (bucket elevators, screw conveyors, en-masse conveyors, pneumatic conveyors) and long distance conveyors (belt conveying and hydraulic conveying).

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