Centre for


The Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies is actively involved in both fundamental and applied research in a wide range of problems associated with Bulk Solids & Particulate Technology. The Centre's main research areas comprise:

  • storage,
  • flow,
  • processing and
  • transportation of bulk solids.

Furthermore, contract research is offered to industrial partners in conjunction with TUNRA Bulk Solids.

At present, the following research projects funded by the Australian Research Council are undertaken:

  • Analytical, numerical and testing procedures for improved design and performance of bulk solids systems
  • An investigation of granular stress fields and permeability interactions in gas-solid flow
  • Mechanisms of slug formation, stability and decay in pneumatic conveying
  • Pneumatic conveying pipeline management system for wear minimisation
  • Development of a new generation low rolling resistance conveyor belt
  • Development of a high capacity steep angle belt conveying system

In addition, the following postgraduate research projects are currently in progress:

Bulk Materials Storage and Flow:

  • A new approach to stress field analysis in mass flow structures
  • Investigation and development of radial stress theory for granular flow in silos and stockpiles
  • Validation of discrete element modelling for hopper flow

Hydraulic Conveying:

  • Investigation of the pumpability of fly ash slurries

Pneumatic Conveying:

  • Apparent viscosity of aerated powders
  • Behaviour of aerated powders in dense phase pneumatic transport
  • Behaviour of dense aerated powders in pneumatic transport and modelling of solids flow resistance
  • Development of a constitutive model of energy factors in erosive wear models to predict the service life of pneumatic pipelines
  • Experimental investigation and modelling of bypass systems in pneumatic conveying
  • Numerical modelling of pneumatic conveying systems for particulate materials
  • Stress Fields within Granular Multi-phase Systems

Dust Emission:

  • Examination of the passive dust control problem during the transfer phase of belt conveying systems
  • Passive Control of Dust Emissions from Belt Conveyor Transfer Points
  • Passive control of dust emissions in discrete bulk materials feed situation

Belt Conveying:

  • Bulk solids interactions in belt conveying
  • Conveyor splice analysis
  • Dynamic analysis of an enclosed, steep angle conveying system incorporating multiple drive systems
  • Indentation rolling resistance
  • Investigation of continuous transportation systems for ore and waste rock from deep open-pit mines
  • String theory of belt weighing