External Courses

TUNRA Bulk Solids’ Intensive Short Courses aim to provide delegates knowledge of basic principles and the latest in industry best practice over a two or three day period.

Bulk Solids Handling – Storage, Feeding, Transfer, Belt Conveying

Held twice per year in Australia in various locations including New South Wales (Newcastle), Queensland (Brisbane or the Gold Coast) and Western Australia (Perth)

The University of Newcastle, 18-20 May 2021: The brochure for the event can be found here

(maximum number of 15 delegates to comply with current COVID regulations)

Online, 16-20 August 2021: The brochure for the event can be found here

Online, 1-5 November 2021:  The brochure for the event can be found here

Key learning outcomes:

  • Basic principles of handling plant design
  • Bulk solids flow properties and application to design
  • Loads on bin walls – symmetric, eccentric discharge – shock loads and silo quaking
  • Stockpile design incorporating draw-down, live capacity, base loads and locations of reclaim hoppers, feeders and tunnels
  • Loads on buried structures in bins and stockpiles
  • Chute design for feeding and transfer
  • Belt conveying – overview of various types of conveyor belt interactions – review of basic design procedures

Transfer Chutes – Design, Modeling and Optimisation

Online, 5-7 July 2021: The brochure for the event can be found here

Key learning outcomes:

  • Design principles for favourable transfer chute design
  • Bulk solid material properties and testing procedures required for design and flow analysis
  • Application of material properties in the design process including liner selection
  • Influence of bulk solid material and conveyor belt interaction prior to and post transfer
  • Transition zone and discharge trajectory considerations
  • Chute flow problems due to adhesion and wear
  • Dynamic modeling of transfer chute components for optimum accelerated flow
  • Optimising transfer chute design for feeding and transfer
  • Practical implementation of continuum mechanics analysis
  • Dust control during the transfer and redirection process
  • Optimising chute geometry for controlled wear in the flow zone and at the belt feed point
  • Overview of the principles of DEM analysis
  • Application of DEM and other modeling techniques
  • Close the gap in knowledge set of the analysis tools and techniques
  • Obtain specific problem solving skills for transfer chutes

For further details on all short courses please contact: Danielle.Harris@newcastle.edu.au