Dr Jens Plinke

Dr Jens Plinke

Consulting Engineer (TUNRA Bulk Solids) & Conjoint Lecturer

School of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Career Summary

Biography

I am a mechanical engineer with over 10 years of experience in research and applied consultancy in the fields of bulk solids handling, fluid dynamics, automation and programming. I completed my engineering degree at the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany and my PhD at the University of Newcastle, Australia, as a part of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore.

With a special interest in 'wet and sticky' ores, my research focused on solving industry-related materials handling problems and the determination of the relationship of iron ore’s spectral responses to handling characteristics. My experience in the field of materials handling, including a placement at one of the largest mining companies in the world, has equipped me with extensive practical experience and insight in a variety of materials handling issues faced by industry.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Mechanical Engineering, Leibniz University, Germany

Keywords

  • Bin and Hopper Design
  • Bulk Material Stress and Wall Loads
  • Bulk Materials Handling
  • Discrete Element Modelling (DEM)
  • Dust Control
  • Materials Handling Education
  • Reflectance Spectroscopy
  • Transfer Chute Design

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
400406 Powder and particle technology 100

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/5/2018 -  Consulting Engineer TUNRA Bulk Solids
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Tao F, Chen W, Plinke J, Wheeler C, Roberts A, 'Study of the wall adhesive tensile contact of moist iron ore bulk solids', Particuology, 50 67-75 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.partic.2019.06.001
Co-authors Alan Roberts, W Chen, Craig Wheeler
2017 Chen W, Roberts A, Williams K, Miller J, Plinke J, 'On uniaxial compression and Jenike direct shear testings of cohesive iron ore materials', POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 312 184-193 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.powtec.2017.02.037
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Alan Roberts, Ken Williams, W Chen
2016 Plinke J, Prigge JD, Williams KC, 'Development of new analysis methods for the characterization and classification of wet sticky ores', Powder Technology, 294 252-258 (2016) [C1]

Economic drives dictate the exploitation of formerly less attractive ore bodies located close to or even beneath the water table. These ores can cause handling problems and expens... [more]

Economic drives dictate the exploitation of formerly less attractive ore bodies located close to or even beneath the water table. These ores can cause handling problems and expensive downtime of processing equipment due to their increased adhesive characteristics and are colloquially termed as "wet and sticky" ores.In order to gain a better understanding of the causes of poor performance in the handling process, experimental test methods for adhesion and cohesion within bulk solids samples were developed and validated. The results confirmed that adhesion of bulk solid to equipment surfaces is mainly governed by capillary pressure. It can therefore be described using the Young-Laplace equation, which implies that adhesion is primarily dependent on the interfacial water between bulk material and the adhesion partner. Accordingly, the governing material parameters of adhesion are its capillarity and permeability, as these two characterize water transport to or from the interface of the adhesion partners. Furthermore a threshold for the classification of a material as wet and sticky based on the measurements of adhesion and cohesion has been proposed.

DOI 10.1016/j.powtec.2016.02.044
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Ken Williams

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Carr MJ, Plinke J, Williams KC, Roberts A, Chen W, 'Determination of the Handleability Index of Adhesive Bulk Materials', Iron Ore 2017, Perth, Australia (2017) [E1]
Co-authors Michael J Carr, W Chen, Ken Williams, Alan Roberts
Williams K, Plinke J, Chen W, 'ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES FOR MEASURING TENSILE ADHESIVE FORCES OF WET AND STICKY ORES', ABM Proceedings
DOI 10.5151/2594-357x-27672

Patent (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Wheeler CA, Plinke J, Williams KC, Robinson PWA, Barber K, Whatnall O, Warner J, Vibration Unit Assembly for a Belt Conveyor (2017)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Ken Williams, Peter W Robinson

Report (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Robinson P, Wheeler C, Williams K, Plinke J, 'Advanced Dewatering of Problematic Ores and Tailings - Development of the VIPER Filtration Module', Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, 5 (2017)
Co-authors Peter W Robinson, Ken Williams, Craig Wheeler
2016 Robinson P, Wheeler C, Williams K, Plinke J, 'Advanced Dewatering of Problematic Ores and Tailings', Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, 5 (2016)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Peter W Robinson, Ken Williams
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Dr Jens Plinke

Position

Consulting Engineer
TUNRA Bulk Solids
Research and Innovation Division

Adjunct Lecturer
School of Engineering
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email j.plinke@newcastle.edu.au

Office

Room Enter Building code/room eg CH123.
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