W1: TUNRA Bulk Solids – Iron Ore: How to make materials handling decisions

W1: TUNRA Bulk Solids – Iron Ore: How to make materials handling decisions

Workshop Overview:

An overview of materials testing will be provided with discussion of which testing should be conducted for each application. For example, what testing should be considered for transfer chute design compared with testing to determine optimum storage bin design. The focus of the workshop will be the discussion of testing specifically concerned with the handling and transportation of iron ore, and this will include some discussion on the range of iron ores we have seen at TUNRA. Some advice will be shared that details how to interpret test results, in terms of their “handleability”, with reference to various applications. Lastly, some case studies will be presented that highlight the benefits of specific ore testing.

This workshop would cover the following;

  • The importance of materials testing
  • Materials testing available for iron ore
  • What “good” and “bad” iron ores look like
  • Testing outcomes and their interpretation
  • Benefits of specific ore testing in the design process


The audience would ideally be those who work peripherally to materials handling but in their role make decisions based on materials handling assumptions.

Workshop Presenters:

Dr Tim Donohue, General Manager, TUNRA Bulk Solids

Tim completed both his undergraduate Mechanical Engineering degree and Postgraduate degree at the University of Newcastle. Tim’s primary technical expertise is in the use of numerical modelling to solve industrial problems. Initially, this was in the field of conveyor belt transfer chutes, however more recently has expanded into more unique and challenging areas such as quaking bins, feeders, vibrating screens and the modelling of particle breakage. Tim has been involved in over 250 industrial projects, including both the conceptual design stage as well as trouble shooting existing designs, in Australia and Internationally, and involving a wide range of commodities. Typically, these projects require the use of both a traditional continuum mechanics approach and as well as the Discrete Element Method (DEM). These projects have covered many industries, with the main ones being coal and iron ore.

Daniel Ausling, Senior Engineer, TUNRA Bulk Solids

Daniel has been involved with TUNRA Bulk Solids since 2003 and is currently employed as an Senior Engineer. Whilst completing his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering he gained 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. Daniel has since worked across multiple areas of bulk material handling including transfer chute design, conveyor systems design, conveyor component testing (idlers and belt) and is currently in charge of the material flow properties test work at TUNRA Bulk Solids.

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21 July, 2019


9.00am - 12.15pm


Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre


Members – $250
Non-members – $300


A copy of the slides presented on the day in both print form and on USB.

Arrival tea and coffee and morning tea will be provided to attendees.