Mr Michael Carr

Professional Officer

School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Michael Carr graduated from Newcastle University with honours, in 2014. He studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical). For his honours thesis, Mr Carr studied the production and technical specifications of the "Rail Conveyor" a new concept in overland conveyor technology. After graduating, Mr Carr undertook PhD studies on the "Identification, Characterisation and Modelling of Dynamic Adhesion for Optimised Transfer System Design". This thesis was submitted in April 2019 and targeted the problems in the materials handling stream associated with Wet and Sticky Materials (WSM). In addition to this, Mr Carr developed strategies and models to predict the thresholds where problematic behaviors caused by WSM could be mitigated.

Since submitting his PhD in 2019, Mr Carr has continued to work as a Professional Officer with the University of Newcastle in the Discipline of Mechanical Engineering. This role involves overseeing and assisting in the design and construction of testing apparatus required for research projects and for Final Year Project (FYP) undergraduate students. In addition to this, Mr Carr is currently undertaking research into the efficiency and further development of the Rail Conveyor System. Alongside the professional officer activities, Mr Carr is also affiliated with TUNRA Bulk Solids (TBS) and the Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies (CBSPT).


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Belt Conveying
  • Bulk Materials Handling
  • Discrete Element Modelling
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Problematic Ores

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
090499 Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified 10
091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified 70
091499 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2017 Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Postgraduate Research Prize in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
2014 Morison Prize (Senior) in Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
2014 Ernest J Egan Prize
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
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Publications

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


Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Carr MJ, Roberts AW, Wheeler CA, 'A revised methodology for the determination of bulk material cohesion and adhesion', Advanced Powder Technology, 30 2110-2116 (2019)

© 2019 The Society of Powder Technology Japan The determination of the wall liner properties and more importantly the flow properties of a bulk material is critical for the design... [more]

© 2019 The Society of Powder Technology Japan The determination of the wall liner properties and more importantly the flow properties of a bulk material is critical for the design of any bulk materials handling system. The design of such materials handling systems will be most effective when handling bulk materials at the physical properties they were designed to handle. Due to the fast-paced nature of expansion in the mining industry and demand of mineral resources, it is quite common for materials handling systems to handle bulk materials that were not intended for the system. Wet and Sticky Materials (WSM) within the materials handling stream can cause significant downtime, due to events such as blockages of bins, hoppers and transfer chutes, remains left in train wagons and dump trucks as well as conveyor belt carry back (Roberts, 2005; Connelly, 2011 [2]). WSM are problematic within the materials handling stream due to the inter-particle and boundary cohesion and adhesion forces. The current measurement techniques for WSM have limitations and new methods must be considered. The development of new testers that can measure the wall adhesion and inter-particle adhesion of a bulk material can give a quantitative value for the adhesion present in a bulk material sample. The following paper will present a revised methodology for the estimation of the adhesion of bulk materials determined from the extrapolation of the Instantaneous Yield Locus (IYL). The predicted adhesion values from this methodology will be compared to experimental measurements using an inter-particle adhesion tester.

DOI 10.1016/j.apt.2019.06.025
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Alan Roberts
2018 Wheeler C, Carr MJ, Chen B, 'Rail Conveyor Technology', Australia Bulk Handling Review, 23 24-32 (2018)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler

Conference (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Rahman A, Robinson P, Carr M, Wheeler C, 'A Dynamic Analysis of the Rail Conveyor System', Gold Coast, Australia (2019)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Peter W Robinson
2019 Carr MJ, Roessler T, Otto H, Richter C, Katterfeld A, Wheeler C, et al., 'Calibration Procedure of Discrete Element Method (DEM) Parameters for Cohesive Bulk Materials', 13th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (2019) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Ken Williams
2019 Carr MJ, Roberts A, Wheeler C, 'The Prediction of Bulk Material Adhesion using a Modified Instantaneous Yield Locus (IYL)', International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation ICBMH 2019, Gold Coast, Queensland (2019) [E1]
Co-authors Alan Roberts, Craig Wheeler
2019 Ajmal M, Roessler T, Carr MJ, Katterfeld A, 'Development of a Cohesive DEM Parameter Calibration Protocol for Bulk Materials using Rapid Flow and Low Consolidation Standard Tests', 13th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling & Transportation ICBMH 2019, Gold Coast, Queensland (2019) [E1]
2019 Wheeler C, Carr M, Chen B, Lurie M, 'Optimising the value of iron ore using a novel rail-running conveyor system', Perth (2019)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2019 Wheeler C, Lurie M, Carr M, Chen B, 'Technology Review and Cost Analysis of Light Gauge Rail-Based Bulk Material Handling Systems', Pretoria, South Africa (2019)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2019 Carr M, Wheeler C, Otto H, Beh B, Callaghan M, Katterfeld A, 'An Experimental Investigation into the Influence of Skewed Idler Rolls', Pretoria, South Africa (2019)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2018 Carr MJ, Wheeler CA, Williams KC, Katterfeld A, Elphick G, Nettleton K, Chen W, 'Discrete Element Modelling of Problematic Bulk Materials onto Impact Plates', Greenwich (2018)
Co-authors Ken Williams, W Chen, Craig Wheeler
2018 Carr MJ, Roberts A, Wheeler CA, 'A Revised Methodology for Cohesion and Adhesion Analysis of Bulk Materials', Greenwich (2018)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Alan Roberts
2018 Wheeler C, Carr MJ, Chen B, 'A Comparison Between the Motion Resistances of the Rail Conveyor and Belt Conveyors', World Congress on Particle Technology, Orlando, FL (2018)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2017 Carr MJ, WIlliams KC, Chen W, Hayter B, Roberts A, Wheeler CA, 'The Dynamic Adhesion of Wet and Sticky Iron Ores onto Impact Plates', Iron Ore 2017, Perth, Australia (2017) [E1]
Co-authors W Chen, Craig Wheeler, Ken Williams, Alan Roberts
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 Ken Williams, W Chen, Alan Roberts
2017 Wheeler CA, Carr MJ, Chen B, 'The Rail Conveyor - A New Energy Efficient Conveying Technology', Beltcon Past Papers, Pretoria, South Africa (2017) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2016 Carr MJ, Chen W, Williams KC, Katterfeld A, 'Comparative investigation on modelling wet and sticky material behaviours with a simplified JKR cohesion model and liquid bridging cohesion model in DEM', 12th International Conference on Bulk Materials Storage, Handling and Transportation (ICBMH 2016), The. Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia, 2016: 40-49., Darwin, Australia (2016) [E1]
Co-authors Ken Williams, W Chen
2016 Wheeler CA, Chen B, Carr MJ, 'Rail conveyor development and testing', ICBMH2016 Conference Proceedings, Darwin (2016) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
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Patent (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Wheeler C, Chen B, Carr MJ, Enclosed Belt Rail Conveyor System (2017)
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $238,492

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20192 grants / $88,492

To develop a new Nivek portable Conveyor "All Purpose" maintenance technology$44,246

Funding body: Nivek Industries Pty Ltd

Funding body Nivek Industries Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Craig Wheeler, Associate Professor Phil Clausen, Mr Michael Carr, Doctor David Bradney
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900159
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

To develop a new Nivek portable Conveyor "All Purpose" maintenance technology$44,246

Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Funding body Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Project Team Professor Craig Wheeler, Associate Professor Phil Clausen, Mr Michael Carr, Doctor David Bradney
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1900186
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y

20181 grants / $150,000

Tailings Management - Dewatering of Slurry Tailings at Disposal Site$150,000

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Timothy Donohue, Doctor Thomas Bunn, Doctor Ognjen Orozovic, Mr Michael Carr, Doctor David Bradney, Pal, Bipin
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1701303
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y
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Mr Michael Carr

Positions

Professional Officer
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Casual Academic
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Research Assistant
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Mechanical Engineering

Contact Details

Email michael.j.carr@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4033 9354
Fax (02) 4033 9044

Office

Room EC111
Building Mechanical Engineering Workshop
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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