Fluid Particle Interactions IV

An Engineering Foundation Conference Series

 May 12-17, 1996
Cresta Sun Hotel
Davos, Switzerland


About This Conference

The principal goal of this conference, the fourth in a series at roughly three-year intervals, is to provide an informal forum for open discussion of current and novel ideas and findings on Fluid-Particle Interactions. The meeting will be held remote from the distraction of daily business in the congenial surroundings of the Swiss Alps.

Particulate flows continue to challenge industry and are central to numerous natural processes. As the subjects is inherently multidisciplinary, the meeting will draw from numerous disciplines that deal with particulate processes: biological, environmental, physics, mechanical, chemical, civil engineering, geophysics, etc. In addition, the success of this meeting will depend on attracting a strong representation from people who practice the use of liquid-solid and gas-solid mixtures in their daily business, namely the petroleum, mining, materials processing and manufacturing industries.

A major purpose is to both clarify the present state of the art and extend the frontiers of the subject by fostering a free and informal exchange of ideas. To this end, participants will be encouraged to present up-to-date information on the latest developments, to provoke suggestions concerning underlying theories, and suggest possible methods of achieving progress.

A particular objective is to provide an opportunity for representatives from industry to present important practical problems before an audience representing some of the best academic expertise in the field.

There will be special emphasis on ability to make practical prediction, the available methods (including CFD), and sources of error or uncertainty.

Some questions to be addressed are:
a. What are the important applications (in industry, environment, health etc.)?
b. What tools and methods are available for making predictions and design decisions? What phenomena need to be modeled? Have there been major recent developments?
c. How do these predictions compare with measurements? What are the current limits of reliable prediction? Can the relevant measurements be made? How?
d. CFD will inevitably be used more and more. When and how can it help or mislead? How sensitive are predictions to the “physics” in the code? Is the base for CFD to be a general framework or a hodge- podge of recipes, or some combination?

There will also be opportunities to present new theoretical or experimental approaches, especially those with potential for broad application.

Conference Organization


Graham Wallis, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Gad Hetsroni, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Conference Program

Preliminary Program

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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