3rd IMA Conference on Dense Granular Flows

Monday, July 1, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 4:00pm

Flows involving solid particulates are ubiquitous in nature and industry alike. Such flows are found in pharmaceutical production, the chemical industry, the food and agricultural industries, energy production and the environment. Many unsolved problems remain, however. In order to be able to solve problems, granular flows need to be understood so that their behaviour can be controlled and predicted.

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

We are able to describe rapid granular flows, where the particles are highly agitated and there has been some success describing static systems. The intermediate regime, where these two phases meet and coexist, is not as well understood and yet is the most commonly observed behaviour of granular flow. The objective of this meeting will be to interface the two ends of the particulate flow spectrum – those working to understand the fundamentals of granular flows and those attempting to control particulate flows in an industrial setting - to develop solutions to the complex problems presented by dense granular flows.


Themes will include dense granular flow, biological systems, self-propelled particles and geological flows, exploring new developments in theoretical analysis and experimental techniques.  All attendees will be provided with an opportunity to present recent work and there will be substantial time for discussion, both during the workshop and during the evening! Postgraduate and PhD students are particularly welcomed and oral presentations will reflect the breadth of the field.


Invited Speakers

Professor Kimberly Hill (University of Minnesota)

Dr Chris Johnson (University of Manchester)

Professor Ken Kamrin (MIT)

Lydie Staron (Institut le Rond d'Alembert, Paris)


Call for Papers

Papers will be accepted for the conference based on a 500 word abstract for oral or poster presentation. Abstracts should be submitted by 31 January 2019 via https://my.ima.org.uk. Please indicate whether your title is intended for oral or poster presentation. Note: If you are an IMA Member or you have previously registered for an IMA conference, then you are already on our database. Please “request a new password” using the email address previously used, to log in.


Organising Committee

Jim McElwaine (Durham University) – Chair

Yoël Forterre (Polytech Marseille)

Nico Gray (University of Manchester)

Jonathon Huntley (Loughborough University)

Barbara Turnbull (University of Nottingham)