ARC Discovery Projects funding success 2016
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.
This project aims to develop a particle-scale microprobe to capture the transient dynamics of particle behaviours for pneumatic conveying. Slug flow pneumatic transport of granular materials such as mineral particles and food grains is extremely popular across the processing industry. However, without the fundamental understanding of the conveying mechanism at the particulate level, pneumatic conveyors are over-designed and energy intensive. The project aims to enable accurate measurement of the motion, inertia and force information at the particle scale, so as to produce more accurate design protocols for such a conveying system. Improved pneumatic conveyors may have the potential to reduce the energy consumption in such systems by up to a factor of 10.