CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics
Ninth International Conference on
Computational Fluid Dynamics
in the Minerals and Process Industries

10-12 December 2012, MCEC, Melbourne, Australia

Keynote Speakers and opening address

Keynote papers at the 2012 conference will be presented by a number of leading experts from around the world on topical CFD issues.

Martin Sommerfeld  studied aeronautical engineering at the Technical University Aachen and received his Diploma in 1981. He completed his Doctoral degree at the same University in 1984. Then he spent one year at Kyoto University Japan on a research fellowship. In 1986 he moved to the Institute of Fluid Mechanics (Prof. Durst, University Erlangen), headed the Two-Phase Flow research group and completed a Habilitation “Modelling and Calculation of Particle-Laden Flows using the Euler/Lagrange Approach”. In October 1994 he was appointed Professor of Mechanical Process Engineering (University Halle). In 1997 he received the DECHEMA Award for contributions to multiphase flow measurements, modelling and numerical prediction.
Martin Sommerfeld organised a continuing series of workshops on two-phase flow predictions, ASME symposia, the Int. Conf. on Multiphase Flow (ICMF 2007) and several other international conferences. He has 150 reviewed journal papers and 160 conference papers. His research activities are concentrated on fundamentals of dispersed multi-phase flows for developing physical models describing the transport phenomena, including experiments and direct numerical simulations. The developed models are implemented in the Euler/Lagrange approach for predicting technical and industrial multi-phase flow processes.

Rajat Mittal  is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). He received the B. Tech. degree in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1989, the M.S. degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1991 and the Ph.D. degree in applied mechanics from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1995. He joined the Center for Turbulence Research Stanford University, Stanford, CA, as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1995, where he conducted research in the area of turbulent flow simulations. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida where he taught from 1996 to 2001. Before coming to JHU he taught at George Washington University from 2001 to 2009 where he also founded the GW Center for Biomimetics and Bioinspired Engineering. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics, biofluid mechanics, bioinspired engineering, biomedical engineering, and flow control. He is recipient of the 1996 Francois Frenkiel Award from the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society (APS) and the 2006 Lewis Moody Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a Fellow of ASME as well as APS, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is associate editor of the Journal of Computational Physics as well as Frontiers of Computational Physiology and Medicine, and is member of the editorial board of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.

Mark Davis  studied chemical engineering at Imperial College of Science and Technology London and received his BSc (Eng) in 1980. He then joined Concentration Heat and Momentum (CHAM) Ltd as a consultant CFD engineer and was actively involved in the use and testing of the PHOENICS code, one of the earliest commercial CFD codes. Early CFD work involved the modelling of flow within a fast breeder nuclear reactor and the prediction of Mach-disc associated embedded subsonic flow. Since 1983 he has been involved in flow modelling of the HIsmelt process, a direct smelting process of iron ore in a molten bath. In 1992 he joined CRA Ltd (later Rio Tinto) to continue the HIsmelt modelling work in Australia. CFD modelling work has been primarily of pyro-metallurgical operations. He has experience in flow modelling of tundishes, multi-holed supersonic lances, pebble pre-heaters, hot gas cyclones, continuous casters, blast furnaces and steel converters. Mineral processing experience includes the modelling of draft-tube reactors, as well as the stockpile flow of heap leaching, drainage and coal self-heating. Modelling interests cover the broad range of multi-phase flow, gas combustion, radiation, turbulence, heat and mass transfer, chemical reaction and numerical techniques.

Scott Thibault,  is an experienced mechanical engineer having spent over 20 years in the engineering software industry.  He is conversant with the full spectrum of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technology and its practical application to solving real-world engineering problems.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts and University of Lowell, Mr. Thibault holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering.  He holds one U.S. Patent (issued 1996) from his prior work in the nuclear industry.  At CPFD Software, Mr. Thibault has helped to expand the usage of Barracuda in the chemical, petrochemical, refining, and coal power industries.  He was most recently at DEM Solutions Ltd. (Edinburgh, U.K.), an engineering software firm specializing in discrete element modeling.  He previously spent 7 years at Concepts NREC, of Wilder, VT, a leading turbomachinery software and consulting company, where he was responsible for all software sales and marketing worldwide.  Mr. Thibault is Vice President of CPFD Software, LLC.

Djamel Lakehal  is the CEO of ASCOMP (Zurich Switzerland & Cambridge USA), and acts as a senior research scientist at the MIT (Nuclear & Mech. Eng. Depts.), where he co-leads the computational multiphase flow group. He obtained his M.S. and PhD in Fluid Mechanics from Ecole Centrale of Nantes, France in 1991 and 1994. He collaborated with Prof. W. Rodi at the University of Karlsruhe as a post-doctoral researcher in 1995-1997, and at the Technical University of Berlin in 1997-1998; in both places he worked on turbulence modelling essentially. In 1998, he joined the Institute of Energy Technology of the ETH Zurich as a Senior Lecturer, where he initiated the creation of the Computational Multiphase Flow Group. In 2003, He founded ASCOMP; a Spin-off Company specialized in multiphase flow heat transfer, and develops its own software called TransAT. Dr Lakehal authored about 60 archived journal papers in the broad area of computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer. His group is heavily involved in international research in the oil & gas sector; being part of the FACE consortium led by SINTEF Norway, the TMF5 consortium, led by Imperial College London, and the MIT Energy Initiative (MIT-EI). At the MIT, he is involved in joint research projects with Kuwait (KUMIT initiative), with Chevron and with ExxonMobil. His areas of expertise include environmental engineering, oil & gas, process and chemical engineering, nuclear engineering. He acts as a reviewer for various research bodies, i.e. the DOE (USA) and the European FP7 Programme (DG Energy).

Markus Braun  is the technical lead at ANSYS for the area of Euler/Lagrange multiphase flow modelling. He studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen, receiving his Diploma in 1989. Markus finished his studies with the award of the Springorum Denkmünze for excellent students at RWTH Aachen. After that Markus joined the Institute for Heat Transfer at RWTH Aachen. While the main topic of this research was experimental and theoretical work on condensation of multi component mixtures, he also developed a model to simulate continuous fibre spinning. In 1995 he joined FLUENT Deutschland GmbH as a Support and Consulting Engineer. In 2000 he took over the task to develop the Euler/Lagrange model in FLUENT and became the head of the functional group of the "Discrete Phase Model", being responsible for product development of this model. He also started to supervise the Darmstadt development group consisting of developers working on models to describe multiphase flows, turbulence, plasma flows, fuel cells, and numerical schemes. In 2006 Markus became the technical lead for the area of Euler/Lagrange multiphase flow modelling at ANSYS. In this task he is responsible for selection, implementation, and validation of all Euler/Lagrange multiphase flow models in ANSYS products including ANSYS Fluent and ANSYS CFX. His responsibilities also include numerical schemes and models for sprays, and particulate flows in dilute and dense flow regimes.

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