Dr. Shibo Kuang
ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Monash University (Clayton)
Dr Shibo Kuang is currently a research fellow in ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology at Monash University. His research interests centre around computational process engineering. It aims to achieve fundamental elucidation, theory and method establishment, new technology exploration, and process optimization for multiphase transportation and processes. Both physics-based models and data-driven (AI) models are thus developed and applied. The research topics cover particle transportation, particle separation, and multiphase reacting flows. In this direction, he has supervised/joint-supervised 27 PhD students (14 completed so far), 6 exchange PhD students (completed) and 3 masters students (completed), published over 110 papers (96+ Q1 and Q2 JCR journal papers). According to Google Scholar, the number of citations from these publications is about 3100 (H-index=29). He has been invited to deliver over 20 invited lectures (including 10 keynote/plenary lectures) at international avenues. He is currently a key reader (equivalent to an associate editor) of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B.
Title: Modelling and analysis of non-Newtonian suspension flows.
Abstract: Non-Newtonian fluid suspension flows are common in nature and many industries. Our knowledge about such a flow system is very limited. This situation hinders the development of a general method for the reliable scale-up, design, control, and optimization of such flow systems. To fill this gap, we have developed and validated discrete element method (DEM) based models to study non-Newtonian fluid suspension flows, with the support of physical laboratory experiments. In this modeling, the particle motion is described by the DEM, and the non-Newtonian fluid flow is solved using either the Lattice Boltzmann method or finite volume method equipped with different rheology models. The particle-fluid interactions are modeled by a resolved or unresolved method. The resolved method solves the particle-fluid interactions directly, whereas the unresolved one is based on certain correlations. Via the developed models, non-Newtonian fluid suspension flows have been studied in various aspects, such as fluid drag force, non-Newtonian fluid turbulence, and specific engineering applications like pipe conveying, fluidization, and sand screen.