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SIMPAS Achievements in 2015-2016

Laboratory for Simulation and Modelling of Particulate Systems (SIMPAS) is a world class, multi-disciplinary research facility established and directed by Professor Aibing Yu (Pro Vice-Chancellor and President), Monash Suzhou and Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Monash University.

Since 1993, the Lab has attracted over $75 M in external research funds to UNSW (1992-2014) and Monash University (2014-) including > 70 grants from Australian Research Council (ARC). 70 PhD and 22MEng students have graduated since 1997. Research collaboration has been made with various industrial organizations including BlueScope Steel, BHP-Billiton, Alcoa, Xstrata, BMA, ACARP, Johnson and Johnson, Minco Technologies, Cement Australia, Rio and many overseas R&D organizations such as Kawasaki Steel (Japan), China Steel (Taiwan), Posco (South Korea), Tata Steel (India), BaoSteel, Long King and Fasten (China); and other universities and research institutes including CSIRO, University of Queensland, Australian National University, University of Leeds (UK), Chinese Academy of Science, Tsinghua Univ. (China), Hunan, Xi'an Jiaotong Universities (China), University of Cambridge and University of Surrey (UK), University of California at Berkeley and Ohio State University (USA), Tohoku and Kyoto Universities, and University of Agriculture and Technology (Japan). Throughout the years, SIMPAS has gradually established its leading position in the main theme research areas and become an internationally recognized research centre through its excellence in fundamental and applied research in particulate science and technology. In May 2014, SIMPAS was relocated from UNSW to Monash University with Prof Aibing Yu. It is currently comprised of 19 teaching/research/administrative staff and 33 research students.

SIMPAS performance in 2015 & 2016 has been excellent and steady. It has attracted >$15M research funds including winning the ARC Hub for Computational Particle Technology; graduated 9 PhDs; published over 100 (up to Dec 2016) scholarly books/book chapters/journal papers and over 10 conference papers; delivered 6 invited plenary/keynote presentations and over 30 technical presentations at international conferences and is filing for 2 technical patents, hosted >40 overseas visitors. It has successfully organized the first International Workshop on "Computational Particle Technology and Multiphase Processes" in Suzhou, China (March 2016), which attracted about 100 computational scientists and engineers worldwide (most of the delegators are senior staff in universities). It has also successfully organized "The 6th Australia-China-Japan Joint Symposium on Iron and Steelmaking" (Nov 2016), which attracted a good mix of industrial and academic participants from the three countries (totally 81 representatives attended the symposium).


Simpas has over 900 publications, many are highly ranked from ISI Web of Science)
Research Topic (used in the ISI search, as at Dec 2014) Total number of papers collected in ISI No. of papers authored by Yu Rank
Packing of particles 18,614 130 2nd
Modelling or simulation of particle packing 7,869 115 1st
Discrete element method 14,333 146 1st
Discrete particle simulation 6,251 172 1st
Granular dynamics simulation 3,120 57 1st
Particulate systems 19,533 60 1st
Modelling or simulation of particulate systems 6,471 59 1st
Gas-solid or particle-fluid flow 4,048 89 1st
Blast furnace 10,626 76 2nd
Modelling or simulation of blast furnace 2,040 72 2nd

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