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Iron Ore – How to make materials handling decisions workshop

The workshop would cover the following points;

  • 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.

Dr Tim Donohue

Dr Tim Donohue is the General Manager of TUNRA. 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.

Dr Jens Plinke

Mechanical Engineer with over 10 years of experience in research and applied consultancy in the fields of bulk solids handling, fluid dynamics, automation and programming, Dr Jens Plinke completed his engineering degree at the Leibniz University Hannover in Germany and his PhD at the University of Newcastle, Australia, as a part of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore. With a special interest in 'wet and sticky' ores, his research focused on solving industry-related materials handling problems and the determination of the relationship of iron ore’s spectral responses to handling characteristics. His wide experience in the field of materials handling, including a placement at one of the largest mining companies in the world, has equipped Jens with extensive practical experience and insight in a variety of materials handling issues faced by industry.
Workshop host




Half day workshop from 9am – 12:15pm




All slides presented.

Additional Information

Online participants will be sent a log-in link prior to the workshop.


AusIMM Member – $250
Non Member – $300

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