The highly qualified and experienced team at TUNRA Bulk Solids is committed to forming long term partnerships with your business to help overcome existing handling problems and assist planning new projects to ensure trouble-free plant operation.

Our team of industrial consultants have many years of experience problem solving in the bulk solids handling industry and is supported by our proficient technical staff.


E/Prof Alan Roberts - Founding Director of TUNRA Bulk Solids

AlanEmeritus Professor Alan Roberts AM has an outstanding international reputation as a world authority in the field of bulk solids handling. He has a proven international track record in fundamental and applied research, and is highly respected by industry worldwide. He was the founder of TUNRA Bulk Solids in 1975. His contribution to research and consulting spans a period of 50 years and covers almost all aspects in the field of bulk solids handling.

+61 (2) 4033 9036


Prof Mark Jones - Director of TUNRA Bulk Solids and the Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technologies

MarkProfessor Mark Jones is Director of the Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technologies (Newcastle Node) and TUNRA Bulk Solids and is also the Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Newcastle. He has been an active researcher and international consultant in the field of bulk solids handling for over 20 years. His principal contributions are in the areas of pneumatic conveying and characterisation, however he has contributed a significant amount of work in a wide range of areas within bulk materials handling.

+61 (2) 4033 9035


A/Prof Craig Wheeler - Associate Director of TUNRA Bulk Solids and the Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technologies

CraigAssociate Professor Craig Wheeler is Associate Director of TUNRA Bulk Solids and Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He worked for 10 years with BHP Billiton in Australia in a variety of engineering positions, including maintenance, production and design. Since joining the University he has worked as a consultant for TUNRA Bulk Solids for over 10 years. His particular interests include belt conveying, transfer chute design and mechanical conveying.

+61 (2) 4033 9037


Dr Kenneth Williams - General Manager - Research

KenDr Kenneth Williams is the General Manager for Research at TUNRA Bulk Solids and is also a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Engineering at The University of Newcastle. He co-ordinates a wide spectrum of research projects and has been a part of the TBS team for over 10 years.His research focus is in the investigation and development of improved and new bulk materials handling systems and methods, working in conjunction with Postgraduate and Postdoctoral researchers. He has also worked extensively on the design and troubleshooting of industrial systems.

+61 (2) 4033 9038


Dr Tim Donohue - Engineering Manager

TimDr Tim Donohue is Engineering Manager with TUNRA Bulk Solids. He has completed a big number of projects in the materials handling field, with transfer chute design and passive dust control research being particularly important and current areas of expertise. Through both research and consulting projects he has become proficient with Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) as well as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, and he utilises them in solving industrial problems.

+61 (2) 4033 9031


Consultants & Engineers

Dr Dusan Ilic - Senior Consulting Engineer

DusanDr Dusan Ilic (CPEng NER RPEQ) is a Senior Engineering Consultant with almost 15 years of practice. His expertise is in the application of engineering mechanics and Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) to troubleshoot, optimise and design materials handling systems. This includes characterisation, preparation, design of process and plant layouts, handling, transportation and storage facilities. He has completed over 170 projects and 300 technical reports in collaboration with more than 100 industry partners globally.

+61 (2) 4033 9010


Dr Bin Chen - Consulting Engineer

BinDr Bin Chen is a Consulting Engineer at TUNRA Bulk Solids. He has been working in research and industrial consultancy in the field of bulk materials handling since 2003, involving a combination of design and evaluation, theoretical modelling, CFD and DEM. With activities in many different areas of bulk solids handling, his particular interests include design and optimisation of transfer chutes and bins/hoppers. Before joining TBS in 2008, he was employed as an engineer in Baosteel Group Corporation (Shanghai) for 2 years. He has published 1 patent and over 20 research papers.

+61 (2) 4033 9029


Mr Paul Munzenberger - Consulting Engineer

PaulMr Paul Munzenberger joined TUNRA Bulk Solids in 2007 after completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Before his studies, Paul worked as a fitter machinist for the coal and power industries and was responsible for maintenance and repair of bulk material handling equipment. Besides his consulting work, Paul focuses on the study of indentation rolling resistance of conveyor belts by means of large scale laboratory testing, on site testing and theoretical analysis and is also currently undertaking a PhD in this area.

+61 (2) 4033 9012


Mr Daniel Ausling - Consulting Engineer

DanielMr Daniel Ausling has been involved with TBS since 2003 and is currently employed as an Engineer. Whilst completing his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering he gained first practical experience by working in the TBS lab as well as in the workshop. After completing his studies, he started a PhD with the focus on overland conveyors and contributed to different consultancy projects in this area. His current work includes in addition the application of DEM simulation methods to analyse and predict flow patterns in conveyor transfer stations.

+61 (2) 4033 9043


Ms Priscilla Freire - Business Development Officer - Brazil

PriscillaMs Priscilla Freire graduated in 2011 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Mechatronics, from the Pontifical Catholic University of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has a specialisation degree in Project Management and an ongoing MBA in Business Management. Prior to joining the TUNRA Bulk Solids team, Priscilla worked for two years as a mechanical engineer for a multi-national consulting company in projects involving beneficiation plants, port terminals and materials handling. She took up her role as Business Development Officer for Brazil in May 2014.

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Mr Kerim Türkdoğan - Business Development Officer - Turkey and Balkans

KerimMr Kerim Türkdoğan graduated in 2011 from the Department of Mineral Processing Engineering at the Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. Following his graduation, he started a master degree in bulk material transport / storage under the supervision of Professor. Dr. Ayhan Sirkeci and completed his master thesis in 2013 at TUNRA Bulk Solids at the University of Newcastle. In August 2013, he took up his current role as TBS Executive Officer for Turkey and the Balkans.

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