Research at APTLab spans over several topics:

pellets packing

packing of cylindrical pellets

  • multiphase flows (gas-solid flows; wet granular materials)
  •  physics and mechanics of granular flows, with a particular focus on dense, slow flows
  • wettability characterization
  • flowability characterization

This topics are explored by experimental, numerical simulation (FEM, DEM, CA) and theoretical (rheology) approaches.

mass flow silo

mass flow silo discharge regime

   Ongoing projects

  • Modeling of powder segregation through a multiscale continumm approach (self-funded project)
  • Mixing kinetics and segregation in double cone mixers (self-funded project)
  • A multiscale approach to wall friction (self-funded project in collaboration with R. Artoni, IFSSTAR (France) and J. Smid National Central University, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Taiwan)
  • Modelling of granular rheology in direct-reduction reactors (industrial funding: Danieli S.p.A.)
  • Bleaching of wood powders (industrial funding: LaSoleEst. S.r.l)
  • Flowability of powders (industrial funding)