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Computational modelling is the use of fundamental physical equations to predict the behaviour of complex systems. Techniques include Discrete Element Modelling (DEM), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Methods (FEM). Due to rapid increases in computing power, it is now possible to carry out highly sophisticated and realistic simulations of scientific and engineering processes. Computational modelling has become an indispensable adjunct to the traditional modes of investigation via theory and experiment, and is increasingly viewed as ‘a peer methodology to experiment and theory’.
In minerals engineering, the typically complex multi-phase nature of the systems makes modelling particularly challenging. This has resulted in a wide range of different techniques being applied, ranging from Computational Fluid Dynamic methods such as Finite Element, Finite Volume, Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics to particle methods such as Discrete Element Methods, as well as many others. Given the interactions that occur in minerals processing systems, an increasing area of study is in coupling different methods.
In order to have confidence in these models, they need to be verified against experimental results. This has led to a complementary development and use of more advanced measurement techniques such as various forms of tomography, particle tracking techniques such Particle Image Velocimetry and Positron Emission Particle Tracking and many others.
The aim of this conference was to bring together both users and developers of computational modelling from academia and industry to share their knowledge and expertise. This conference was aimed at the full spectrum of people involved in computational modelling in minerals processing and materials handling, from model development, validation and all the way through to application.
The specific areas included:
"Once again a well organised conference [Computational Modelling '13] by MEI. That's why I bring along doctoral students and fellow researchers to it."
"I enjoyed the conference [Computational Modelling 05]; it brought together some of the key players in DEM and CFD in mineral processing and gave me a good opportunity to bring the capability of our particle mechanics simulation software to their attention."
Click here to view the conference report, programme and delegate list from Computational Modelling '15 '11, '08 & '05:
"A great conference [Computational Modelling '11], very well organised and including a wide range of topics within modelling in mineral processing."
"The conference [Computational Modelling 05] was very informative and provided me with an opportunity to interact with the experts in this growing field of mineral processing."
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Computational Modelling '17 was certified for Continuing Professional Development.
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