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5th International Conference on CFD in the Process Industries
The 5th International Conference on CFD in the Process Industries was hosted by CSIRO in Melbourne. The conference was formerly known as the International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries, and there was still a strong emphasis on minerals processing and metal production at the recent conference. The event was attended by about 180 delegates, with about half from outside Australia (mainly Asia, Europe and North America).
The conference was opened by Dr Michael Barber, CSIRO Group Executive, with Dr Andrew Shook, Global Technology Manager for BHP Billiton giving an opening address. Keynote speakers included Professor Jan Cilliers, Imperial College London, who described modelling of flotation froths, Professor Jinghai Li, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who explained the necessity for multi-scale modelling in gas-particle systems; and Professor Harrie van den Akker, who argued that the Large Eddy Simulation should be used more often for complex multi-phase flows.
The conference incorporated four mini-symposia on topical areas, namely gravity separation, light metals applications, gas-particle flows, and bio-engineering, the last of which was introduced in a keynote lecture by Professor Mark Kendall from the University of Queensland Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). The mini-symposium on gravity separation concentrated on thickeners and flotation, indicating the significant advances that have been made in the modelling of these processes by researchers at CSIRO and elsewhere in recent years.
Other distinguished speakers included Professor Suhas Patankar, who described the status of industrial CFD, Professor KAM Kuipers (University of Twente), who talked about recent advances in fluidised bed simulation, and Professors Laszlo Kiss (University of Quebec) and Valdis Bojarevics (University of Greenwich) who demonstrated the state-of-the-art in aluminium reduction cell modelling.
The full proceedings of the conference (ISBN: 0 643 09423 7) are available on CD-ROM from CSIRO for AUD$50 by emailing Phil Schwarz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Phil Schwarz, Chairman - CFD2006
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