Particle Suspension and Processing (PSP)
In the process industry, particles suspension is of particular interest due to the enhanced heat and mass transfer characteristics. This is found in most of the chemical processes, including food production, pharmaceutical, petrochemicals and energy. Our research is uniquely combining knowledge on particle technology and energy conversion in order to solve challenging engineering problems and develop novel and sustainable processes for future industrial applications.
We are particularly interested in applying mathematical modelling and Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) for studying the physical, chemical and thermal processing of particles during suspension. This is of direct relevance to fluidized bed processing such as in granulation, drying, gas cleaning, chemical looping, catalytic cracking and biomass thermal conversion. We are currently looking at (i) developing new models for the interaction of wet/dry particles at the micro-scale level (ii) working with industrial collaborator on novel processes on adsorption for gas separation and thermal conversion of paper mill waste to energy (iii) Building 3D predictive models of biomass gasification and pyrolysis in fluidized bed reactors. Our theoretical approach is supported by state of the art experimental facilities including a range of modern fluidized bed systems, gas adsorption unit, biomass gasifiers and analytical techniques.
We have established links with national and international institutions including Heriot-Watt University (UK), Glasgow University and the institute for chemicals and fuels from alternative resources (Canda). In addition, our research is funded by UK industrial collaborators such as Dow Corning Ltd and UK research funders such as the EPSRC, The Leverhulme Trust and the Technology Strategy Board.