EU - MatheGram - Multiscale Analysis of Thermomechanical Behaviour of Granular Materials

Project: Research project

Description

Granular materials are ubiquitous in nature and in various industries, such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and
ceramics. Their thermomechanical behaviours are governed by the interactions between solid particles, as well as between
particles and the surrounding media (gas or liquid). Although granular materials have been investigated extensively, there
are still some unsolved challenging issues concerning the thermomechanical behaviours, including heat generation (i.e. selfheating)
and transfer, and thermal effects on material properties and process performance. Furthermore, the unique
thermomechanical attributes have led to emerging applications with granular materials, such as additive manufacturing,
powder coating, high quality composites, insulation and efficient thermal processing for energy conservation, but there is a
lack of mechanistic understanding of thermomechanical behaviour of granular materials in these emerging applications.
MATHEGRAM will hence deliver a timely, concerted research and training programme to address these challenges, bringing
together a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectorial consortium consisting of 6 leading academic institutes, 4 non-academic
beneficiaries and 6 partner organisations from 8 EU member states. Our vision is to develop robust new numerical models
and novel experimental techniques that can predict and characterise heat generation and transfer, as well as thermal effects in granular materials. The enhanced mechanistic understanding of granular materials will enable them to be used in diverse industries, while also achieving energy conservation and CO2 emission reduction. We will also train a cohort of 15 ESRs.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/21