In addition to the research and consulting activities of TBS, enhanced research is conducted together with the Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technologies (CBSPT). It is located at the University of Newcastle in the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER). The CBSPT was established in 1995 as one of a prestigious handful of national Key centres of teaching and research. It is a collaborative initiative between the University of Newcastle and the University of Wollongong and unifies two strong streams of expertise in bulk solids handling and particulate technologies developed over a period of more than 35 years. It continues its research through research grants from such bodies as the Australian Research Council and Industry and employs currently 13 Post Graduate Research students. The Centre’s Newcastle Node is strongly linked with TUNRA Bulk Solids and the Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment at the University of Newcastle.
The CBSPT is actively involved in both fundamental and applied research on a range of problems associated with bulk solids & particulate technology. The research areas include storage, flow, processing and transportation of bulk solids. Besides the research activities, the CBSPT is also responsible for teaching and provides specialist courses for industry through its professional development programs. The Centre has an ongoing commitment to continuing professional development courses in Bulk Solids Handling in Australia as well as other countries; the latter includes the USA, UK, Norway, Turkey, South Africa, India, Singapore, China and Germany.
The professional development and recognition of the discipline of Bulk Solids Handling in Australia and indeed, world-wide, is due in no small way to the contribution of the University of Newcastle and TUNRA Bulk Solids. The very successful National Committee for Bulk Materials Handling of the Institution of Engineers Australia was formed in 1983 mainly through the initiative of its foundation Chairman, Professor Alan Roberts. The National Committee subsequently became the Australian Society of Bulk Solids Handling (ASBSH) of Engineers Australia. Through the activities of the National Committee and the ASBSH, notably the highly successful international conference series, the professional standing of Bulk Solids Handling in Australia is regarded internationally with high acclaim. There is no doubt that Australia is setting the standard as the leading country of the world in the research, industrial practice and professional development of the discipline of bulk solids handling.