Monday 21st Jun, 2021

ASBSH Member Profile: Andrew Grima

In each issue, ABHR profiles a member of the Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling (ASBSH). We speak to Andrew Grima, Chief Operating Officer at Bulk Materials Engineering Australia.

I have been a member of ASBSH since…

the beginning of 2020.

I am a member of ASBSH because…

I want to network with other bulk material handling members and specialists. The society is also working with members to deliver more events where members can present and share their knowledge and experience in various topics.  These events provide a good opportunity to expand technical knowledge and assist with continuous professional development being a member of Engineers Australia.

I got into bulk handling because…

I enjoyed bulk materials handling subjects as part of my undergraduate degree at university and decided to continue research in the field as part of my PhD. I find that the storage and handling of bulk materials can be complex at times which makes it challenging to design and trouble-shoot equipment to reliably handle bulk materials. Working on large scale bulk material equipment has been rewarding to me especially when design recommendations have been commissioned with great results. 

I am currently researching …

multi-physics modelling to couple numerous physical disciplines like CFD, DEM, MBD and structural analysis together. The integration of multi-physics brings large benefits by broadening the modelling options available in addition to increasing the possible analysis and results obtained from simulations.

I love my current work because…

every project has different challenges and provides the opportunity to work with new clients and engineers to share different experiences and knowledge.

In my role it’s important to…

stay up to date with the latest methodologies, technologies, simulation tools and equipment in bulk materials via. webinars, conferences, publications and networking.   

The project I am most proud of is…

the complete redesign of a brownfield bauxite shuttle chute that experienced regular blockages and reliability issues. This project was a challenge as it involved the handling of sticky material where spatial geometry constraints were present. The schedule of the new transfer chute was relatively short that required a lot of effort and modelling to develop a reliable solution. I got to assist with the detailed design and commissioning of the chute that achieved great results and a significant reduction in blockages.

My career highlight is…

being awarded the A.W. Roberts award in 2014 for young engineer of the year in the field of bulk materials. It was a great honour to receive an award named after Professor Alan Roberts who has contributed a significant amount of knowledge and work to the field.

The most valuable lesson I have learned is …

to never underestimate a bulk material and make too many assumptions on material properties. The characteristics of bulk solids can vary a lot between mines and plants requiring due diligence to check material properties before proceeding with any trouble-shooting and detailed design projects.

To join the ASBSH, visit bit.ly/3aibXNf