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Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin

Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin

Director and Chief Investigator

FTSE, FIEAust, CPEng, PhD, DIC

Laureate Professor Galvin is Director of the Iron Ore Hub and Director of the Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport. He is also the inventor of the REFLUX™ Classifier. Laureate Professor Galvin received the Australian Academy of Science’s Sir Ian Wark Medal and Lecture in 2012, the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering’s Clunies Ross Award in 2014, and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s Mineral Industry Technique Award in 2014 in recognition of the underpinning research and industrial impact of the REFLUX™ Classifier.

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Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin
Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts AM

Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts AM

Chief Investigator

PhD, BE, ASTC, HonDUniv, HonDSc, HonFIEAust, CPEng, MIMechE, FTSE

Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts established TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling as a research group and commercial consultancy in 1975. Since then it has completed more than 4000 projects for clients in 40 countries and made an invaluable contribution to research in the field. He has had an esteemed career with the UoN arriving as Professor of Industrial Engineering in 1974. He is recognised with an Order of Australia award and has received the prestigious Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal from the Institution of Engineers Australia for outstanding service to their profession.

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Emeritus Professor Alan Roberts AM
Professor Geoffrey Evans

Professor Geoffrey Evans

Chief Investigator

PhD, BE, FIChemE, FIEAust

Professor Geoffrey Evans has been actively involved in fundamental and applied research into multiphase systems over the last 30 years. Professor Evans' research has involved a combination of experimental measurement, theoretical modelling and computational fluid mechanics. High speed particle image velocimetry, thermal imaging and computational fluid dynamics, direct numerical simulation and discrete element modelling are some of the techniques currently being applied. Awards received include: CSIRO External Medal for Research Achievement, 1990 and the John A Brodie Medal, of the Institution of Engineers.

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Professor Geoffrey Evans
Associate Professor Tom Honeyands

Associate Professor Tom Honeyands

Research Leader

PhD, BE, MAusIMM

Associate Professor Honeyands is a metallurgical specialist with more than 26 years' experience in consulting, research and process engineering. Prior to joining the University of Newcastle in 2015, Associate Professor Honeyands spent 20 years working in an industrial R&D environment and 6 years as a metallurgical consultant. While working for Creative Process Innovation, he developed the Marx Value in Use (VIU) model which has been applied on more than 35 VIU studies for major and junior iron ore miners.

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Associate Professor Tom Honeyands
Associate Professor Kenneth Williams

Associate Professor Kenneth Williams

Chief Investigator

PhD, BE (Mech), Dip Av Sci, MIEAust

Assoc. Prof. Williams is the General Manager for Research, TUNRA Bulk Solids. Assoc. Prof. Williams has assisted in the development of air-particle experimental equipment at TUNRA including aeration chambers, pneumatic conveyors, air-slides, particle impact and erosion testers, and aeration viscometers. Assoc. Prof. Williams has extend this research into the dynamics of bulk material systems and the wear evolution process within these systems. More recently, Assoc. Prof. Williams has led the research into Transportable Moisture Limit (TML) for safe transportation of bulk solids.

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Associate Professor Kenneth Williams
Rod Nicholson

Rod Nicholson

Hub Manager

BAppSc (Met), ME, FAusIMM, FIEAust, CPEng, RPE

Rod Nicholson has a broad range of experience across the mineral processing industry having worked in plant operations including management, project and equipment development and R&D. He has also been instrumental in aiding the development of cutting edge technologies that were not main-stream at the time but are now in common use throughout the world. He has worked for both large and small industry organisations including CSIRO Minerals and BHPB where he led the Mineral Separation Team for BHPB Global Technology at the Newcastle Technology Centre. Whilst at BHPB he also managed numerous AMIRA projects on behalf of several BHPB business units.

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Rod Nicholson

Earlier this year researchers from the ARC Iron Ore Hub together with industrial partners visited Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation in Japan. The visit was an opportunity to present recent r..

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