TUNRA Bulk Solids

TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling Research Associates (TBS)



  • World leader in applied and fundamental bulk solids handling research.
  • Successfully completed some 4,000 projects for more than 1000 companies in Australia as well as in 40 countries world-wide.
  • The 'leverage' factor conservatively estimated at an average value of 200:1, so for each consulting dollar received by TBS, the return to industry is at least $200.
  • Provides a mechanism for technology transfer by commercialising research output and ensuring that expertise gained through research is widely disseminated and utilised in industry nationally and internationally.


Australia is setting the standard as the leading country of the world in the research, industrial practice and professional development of the discipline of bulk solids handling - due in no small way to the contribution of the University of Newcastle and TUNRA Bulk Solids (TBS). A division of Newcastle Innovation, for over 35 years TBS has built a strong reputation in industry for its professional consulting service and world-class research in all aspects of bulk solids handling. It focuses on providing innovative and cost effective materials for handling solutions, particularly in relation to difficult to handle materials…

The TBS model is based on driving bulk solids innovation through research. This approach has provided significant benefits to industry through direct dissemination of research outcomes via contract R&D and professional consulting services, underpinned by ongoing technology transfer through educational programs. This highly successful model of direct dissemination of research has placed Australia at the forefront of bulk solids research in terms of both scope and quality, and placed bulk solids research at the University of Newcastle as the leading research provider to industry worldwide in this field.


For more information regarding TUNRA, please visit http://www.bulksolids.com.au/

For further information regarding technology transfer at the University of Newcastle, please visit http://www.newcastleinnovation.com.au/

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