In December 2015 the Eleventh International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries was held in at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. CSIRO organised the conference which hosted over 130 delegates, 63 of these were international delegates from 20 countries. Jonathan Law, director of CSIRO Mineral Resources, opened the conference noting the importance of innovation and how CFD modelling had been used in the minerals industry to drive innovative solutions in existing mineral processing operation and assist in guiding the development of new processes such as dry slag granulation, MagSonic and HIsmelt subsequent developed by RioTinto.
110 papers were presented at the conference covering a range of diverse topics from modelling of industrial processes such as multiscale modelling of aluminium reduction cells, copper flash smelter, rotary hearth furnaces, flotation cells, stirred tanks and hydrocyclones to new techniques and improved understanding of the fundamentals fluid flow and heat transfer.
Jonathan Law opening the Eleventh Int. Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries.
Five international experts gave plenary talks on:
• Multiscale and Multiphysics simulation of aluminium electrolysis,
Dr Ingo Eick, Hydro Aluminium, Germany
• Structure dependent drag models for fluidized beds, Peter Witt for
Prof. Huilin Lui, Harbin University, China
• Modelling flow regimes and regime transition in gas-liquid systems,
Dr Srinivasa Mohan, ANSYS Inc., India
• Crystal growth at the nano-scale, Prof. John Lowengrub, Uni. California, USA
• Adaption of PDE-based codes to extreme scale,
Prof. David Keyes, KAUST, Saudi Arabia.
As part of the conference mini-symposia were held in the areas of Gas-Particle Flows, Micro-engineering and Bio-Engineering and GPU and Next Generation computing.
Delegates attending the conference consisted of engineers from industry, researcher scientists and engineers from international and local research labs and professors, researchers and students from local and international universities.
The conference closed with John Brookes, the Australian agent for Intelligent Light who sponsored the awards, presenting the following awards to students:
• Saurish Das from
Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands was
awarded ‘best student paper’.
• Rohit Pillai from University of Melbourne was awarded the ‘best student presentation’.
• Krushnathej Thiruvalluvan Sujatha from Eindhoven University of Technology and
Rohit Pillai from University of Melbourne
were runners up for the ‘best student
• Philipp Lau from Karlsruhe
Institute of Technology and Zizi Li
Eindhoven University of Technology
were runners up for the
‘best student presentation’
Saurish Das wins best student paper
John Brookes presents
Rohit Pillai with his award for best student presentation.
Overall the conference was a big success
with a high level of scientific exchange and a wide range of
attendees including students, academics and industry
Proceedings of the conference were
published on USB (ISBN 978-1-4863-0620-6) and individual papers
can be accessed online
The next conference in the series is planned to be organised by
SINTEF and held in Norway in mid 2017.
The conference program, various photographs taken at the
conference and papers from previous conferences organised by
CSIRO can be viewed at the conference website