The Priority Research Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport is concerned with the science and engineering of particulate systems relevant to industries of national significance, such as in the mineral resources area. We seek to develop faster and more efficient separation technologies, and technologies for the manufacture, storage, and transport of particles.

The developments are underpinned by advances in understanding of the underlying scientific phenomena. This Centre delivers a unique combination of scientific rigour, creativity and innovation, and persistence in achieving the commercialisation of research outcomes.

PRC researchers are engaged in solving multiphase problems relevant to coal and mineral processing, and other industries. Research interests cover the interfacial science and suspension mechanics of bubbles, drops, and particles in engineering systems such as fluidized beds, froth flotation, and entirely new devices.

Researchers are developing a fundamental understanding at a molecular level right through to the individual particle level, and to a systems level through combinations of experimental work and computational modelling.

Researchers are also focused on bulk material storage, for example in silos, handling and transport, material wear minimisation, pneumatic conveying, and liquefaction during shipping. New technologies are also being developed in energy efficient rail conveying.

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