Dr Peter Robinson

Dr Peter Robinson

Research Associate

School of Engineering

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Robinson graduated from Newcastle University with honours, in 2009. He studied a Bachelor of Science (Physics), combined with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech). For his honours thesis, Dr Robinson studied the modes of operation, and associated digging and slewing loads of bucket-wheel reclaimers. After graduating, Dr Robinson completed his PhD studies on the "Dynamics of Open and Closed Belt Conveyor Systems Incorporating Multiple Drives". This thesis targeted the impact of enclosed belt designs on the propagation of dynamic behavior along the belt. In addition to this, Dr Robinson developed models to predict major drag resistances along the belt, and analysed how multiple drive systems can be utilised to dampen and control conveyor transients.

Since completing his PhD in 2015, Dr Robinson has continued to work as a Research Associate with the University of Newcastle. One of his current projects is the advanced de-watering of problematic ores. This focuses on the improvement of horizontal vacuum belt filters, maximising throughput, while minimising moisture and energy consumption. In addition to this, Dr Robinson is currently assessing methods to predict the self-heating potential of coal.

Alongside the research, Dr Robinson is also affiliated with TUNRA Bulk Solids.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Physics), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Hons), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Advanced Dewatering
  • Belt Conveying
  • Bucket-wheel Reclaiming
  • Bulk Solids Handling
  • Coal
  • Engineering Design
  • Iron Ore
  • Spontaneous Combustion

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified 50
090499 Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
4/09/2015 - 4/09/2016 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Robinson PW, Wheeler CA, 'The indentation rolling resistance of spherically profiled idler rolls', International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 106 363-371 (2016) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The energy loss due to indentation rolling resistance in a conveyor belt system can account for up to 60% of the total power usage. It a... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The energy loss due to indentation rolling resistance in a conveyor belt system can account for up to 60% of the total power usage. It arises due to an asymmetric pressure distribution as a viscoelastic belt cover is indented by a rigid idler roll. This causes a retarding moment on the idler roll, dependent on the load, speed, idler diameter and the properties of the conveyor belt cover. As pouch conveyor systems become more prevalent in industry, the supporting structure, and thus the indentation rolling resistance of such systems is of importance. These designs typically employ curved belt profiles, or spherical idlers in order to aid belt tracking and closing. From this, a spherical indentation into a generalised Maxwell backing is modelled, and compared with experimental values. In addition to this, the strain dependency across the contact is investigated.

DOI 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2015.12.001
Co-authors Craig Wheeler

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Wheeler CA, Robinson PW, 'The Traction of Point-Contact Drives Utilised in Pouch Conveying Systems' (2016) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler
2011 Donohue TJ, Robinson PWA, Wheeler CA, 'DEM study of a scale model bucket wheel reclaimer', Proceedings of the 2nd International FLAC/DEM Symposium: Continuum and Distinct Element Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Craig Wheeler, Timothy Donohue

Patent (1 outputs)

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

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Robinson PW, Dynamics of Open and Closed Belt Conveyor Systems Incorporating Multiple Drives, The University of Newcastle (2015)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $828,070

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20173 grants / $533,270

ACARP Project C27001 - Maritime Regulation Project for Coal Serf Heating Research and Assessment$433,440

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Merrick Mahoney, Associate Professor Tom Honeyands, Doctor Jianglong Yu, Doctor Peter Robinson, Doctor Jie Guo, Doctor Wei Chen, Doctor Dusan Ilic
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1700798
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Entrepreneurs' Programme - Advanced de-watering of problematic ore and tailings$49,915

Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Funding body Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Project Team Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Wei Chen, Doctor Peter Robinson, Professor Mark Jones
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700015
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Entrepreneurs' Programme - Advanced de-watering of problematic ore and tailings$49,915

Funding body: Jord International Pty Limited

Funding body Jord International Pty Limited
Project Team Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Wei Chen, Doctor Peter Robinson, Professor Mark Jones
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700482
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20163 grants / $294,800

Assessment of self-heating test standards and their applicability for determining self-heating susceptibility within coal storage and transport systems$194,800

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Kenneth Williams, Associate Professor Tom Honeyands, Doctor Merrick Mahoney, Doctor Jianglong Yu, Professor Richard Bush, Doctor Peter Robinson, Mr TOBIAS Krull
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1601225
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Advanced de-watering of problematic ore and tailings$50,000

Funding body: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Funding body Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Project Team Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Peter Robinson, Doctor Wei Chen, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Kevin Barber
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501212
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Advanced de-watering of problematic ore and tailings$50,000

Funding body: Jord International Pty Limited

Funding body Jord International Pty Limited
Project Team Associate Professor Craig Wheeler, Doctor Kenneth Williams, Doctor Peter Robinson, Doctor Wei Chen, Professor Mark Jones, Mr Kevin Barber
Scheme Entrepreneurs' Programme: Innovation Connections Partner Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501401
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y
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Dr Peter Robinson

Position

Research Associate
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email peter.w.robinson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4033 9040
Mobile +61 431 653 914
Fax (02) 4033 9044

Office

Room NIER A439
Building NIER A Block
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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