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Kevin Chu

Kevin Chu

Adjunct Research Fellow
Kevin.Chu@monash.edu
Phone:
50848
Office:
Room 115A, 31, Clayton Campus
Qualification:
PhD, School of Materials Science and Engineering, UNSW Australia (2010)
Description/Interests:
Multi-scale modelling and simulation of particulate multiphase flows and related processes

Dr Kaiwei (Kevin) Chu is currently a Research Fellow at Monash University and UNSW Australia. He is specialized in the modelling and simulation of complex particle-fluid flows that are widely found in nature and many industries including mineral, metallurgical, material, environmental and chemical. He has conducted extensive pioneering work in this area by developing and applying novel simulation techniques and models (mainly combined approach of computational fluid dynamics and discrete element method (CFD-DEM)). Notably, he has conducted extensive studies on the multiphase flow of dense medium cyclones. He also carried out some work on the flow and heat transfer in full loop 3D circulating fluidized beds. He obtained his PhD (on CFD-DEM study of complex particle-fluid flow) in 2010 from UNSW Australia, BEng (on gas cyclone) in 1998 and MEng (on CFD-DEM simulation of fluidized beds) in 2001 from Xian University of Architecture and Technology (XUAT) in China. He was a CFD Software Consulting Engineer in Fluent Inc. of America (Beijing Office) during 2001-2003 and then a Process Engineer at Institute of Powder Engineering at XUAT during 2003-2005. He has authored 80+ publications in journals/conferences (Total cited times is 617 and H-index is 13 as at May 2015 on Web of Science) and 10+ industrial reports.

Publications:

  • Chu K. W., Yu A. B., (2008). Numerical simulation of complex particle-fluid flows. Powder Technology, 179, 104-114. (IF (Impact Factor) = 2.269; CT (Cited Times) = 77) (This was the 2nd most downloaded paper in January C March 2008 and one of the 25 most cited articles during 2008-2013 in the journal). http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/chemical-engineering/5/journal/powder-technology/00325910/archive/15/
  • Chu K. W., Wang B., Yu A. B., Vince A., (2009). CFD-DEM modelling of multiphase flow in dense medium cyclones. Powder Technology, 193, 235-247. (IF = 2.269; CT = 55) (This was the 6th most cited paper since 2009 in the journal and the 6th most downloaded paper in April C June 2009 in the journal). http://www.journals.elsevier.com/powder-technology/most-cited-articles/ http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/chemical-engineering/5/journal/powder-technology/00325910/archive/22/
  • Chu K. W., Wang B., Yu A. B., Xu D. L., Chen Y. X., (2011). CFD-DEM simulation of gas-solid flow in a cyclone separator. Chemical Engineering Science, 66, 834-847. (IF = 2.613; CT = 35) (This was the 10th most downloaded paper in April C June 2012 and top cited paper for 2011 and 2012 in the journal). http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/chemical-engineering/5/journal/chemical-engineering-science/00092509/archive/36/
  • Chu K. W., Yu A. B., (2014). Numerical and experimental investigation of an S-shaped circulating fluidized bed. Powder Technology, 254, 460-469. (IF = 2.269; CT = 0)
  • Chu K. W., Kuang S. B., Yu A. B., Vince A., Barnett G. D., Barnett P. J., (2014). Prediction of wear and its effect on the multiphase flow and separation performance of dense medium cyclone. Minerals Engineering, 56, 91-101. (IF = 1.714; CT = 2) (This was the 16th most downloaded paper in Jan. C Mar. 2006 in the journal). http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/earth-and-planetary-sciences/9/journal/minerals-engineering/08926875/archive/51/
  • Wang B., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., Vince A., (2014). Computational investigation of the breakaway effect in dense medium cyclones. Minerals Engineering, 62, 111-119. (IF = 1.714; CT = 0)
  • Chen J., Chu K. W., Zou R. P., Yu A. B., Vince A., Barnett G. D., Barnett P. J., (2013). How to optimize design and operation of dense medium cyclones in coal preparation. Minerals Engineering, 62, 55-65. (IF = 2.269; CT = 1)
  • Chu K. W., Wang B., Vince A., Yu A. B., (2012). Computational study of the multiphase flow in a dense medium cyclone: Effect of particle density. Chemical Engineering Science, 73, 123-39. (IF = 2.613; CT = 10)
  • Chu K. W., Wang B., Yu A. B., Vince A., (2012). Particle scale modelling of the multiphase flow in a dense medium cyclone: Effect of vortex finder outlet pressure. Minerals Engineering, 31, 46-58. (IF = 1.714; CT = 7) (This was the 17th most downloaded paper in April C June 2012 in the journal). http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/earth-and-planetary-sciences/9/journal/minerals-engineering/08926875/archive/39/
  • Chu K. W., Kuang S. B., Yu A. B., Vince A., (2012). Particle scale modelling of the multiphase flow in a dense medium cyclone: Effect of fluctuation of solids flowrate. Minerals Engineering, 33, 34-45. (IF = 1.714; CT = 6) (This was the 25th most downloaded paper in January C March 2012 in the journal). http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/earth-and-planetary-sciences/9/journal/minerals-engineering/08926875/archive/38/
  • Kuang S. B., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., Vince A., (2012). Numerical study of liquid-gas-solid flow in classifying hydrocyclones: Effect of feed solids concentration. Minerals Engineering, 31, 17-31. (This was the 18th most downloaded paper in April C June 2012 in the journal). (IF = 1.714; CT = 13) http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/earth-and-planetary-sciences/9/journal/minerals-engineering/08926875/archive/39/
  • Chen J., Chu K. W., Zou R. P., Yu A. B., Vince A., (2012). Prediction of the performance of dense medium cyclones in coal preparation. Minerals Engineering, 31, 59-70. (IF = 1.714; CT = 7) (This was the 17th most downloaded paper in April C June 2012 in the journal). http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/earth-and-planetary-sciences/9/journal/minerals-engineering/08926875/archive/39/
  • Wang B., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., Vince A., Barnett G. D., Barnett P. J., (2011). Computational study of the multiphase flow and performance of dense medium cyclones: Effect of body dimensions. Minerals Engineering, 24, 19-34. (IF = 1.714; CT = 11)
  • Chu K. W., Wang B., Vince A., Yu A. B., (2010). Modelling the multiphase flow in dense medium cyclones. Journal of Computational Multiphase Flows, 2, 249-275. (IF is N/A)
  • Zhou Z. Y., Kuang S. B., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., (2010). Discrete particle simulation of particleCfluid flow: model formulations and their applicability. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 661, 482-510. (IF = 2.294; CT = 58)
  • Tong Z. B., Yang R. Y., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., Adi S., Chan H. K., (2010). Numerical study of the effects of particle size and polydispersity on the agglomerate dispersion in a cyclonic flow. Chemical Engineering Journal, 164 432-41. (IF = 4.058; CT = 30)
  • Chu K. W., Wang B., Vince A., Yu A. B., Barnett G. D., Barnett P. J., (2009). CFD-DEM study of the effect of particle density distribution on the multiphase flow and performance of dense medium cyclone. Minerals Engineering, 22, 893-909. (IF = 1.714; CT = 31) (This was the 15th most downloaded paper in July C September 2009 in the journal). http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/earth-and-planetary-sciences/9/journal/minerals-engineering/08926875/archive/23/
  • Wang B., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., Vince A., (2009). Modelling the multiphase flow in a dense medium cyclone. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 48, 3628-3639. (IF = 2.235; CT = 24)
  • Wang B., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., Vince A., (2009). Numerical studies of the effects of medium properties in dense medium cyclone operations. Minerals Engineering, 22, 931-943. (IF = 1.714; CT = 13)
  • Guo B. Y., Dong K., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., Vince A., Brake I., (2009). A numerical model for the liquid flow in a sputnik coal distributor. Minerals Engineering, 22, 78-87. (IF = 1.714; CT = 1)
  • Zhang M. H., Chu K. W., Wei F., Yu A. B., (2008). A CFD-DEM study of the cluster behavior in riser and downer reactors. Powder Technology, 184, 151-165. (IF = 2.269; CT = 41)
  • Dong K. J., Guo B. Y., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., Brake I., (2008). Simulation of liquid-solid flow in a coal distributor. Minerals Engineering, 21, 789-796. (Impact factor: 2.269) (IF = 1.714; CT = 11)
  • Kuang S. B., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., Zou Z. S., Feng Y. Q., (2008). Computational investigation of horizontal slug flow in pneumatic conveying. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 47, 470-480. (IF = 2.235; CT = 32)
  • Chu K. W., Yu A. B., (2008). Numerical simulation of the gas-solid flow in three-dimensional pneumatic conveying bends. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 47, 7058-7071. (IF = 2.235; CT = 27)
  • Wang B., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., (2007). Numerical study of particle-fluid flow in a hydrocyclone. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 46, 4695-4705. (IF = 2.235; CT = 47)
  • Wang B., Xu D. L., Chu K. W., Yu A. B., (2006). Numerical study of gas-solid flow in a cyclone separator. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 30, 1326-1342. (IF = 2.158; CT = 77) (This was the 1st most downloaded paper in October C December 2006 in the journal). http://top25.sciencedirect.com/subject/engineering/12/journal/applied-mathematical-modelling/0307904X/archive/10/

Editorial:

  • A. B. Yu, K. W. Chu, Editorial on the special issue - Mineral procesing in Australia and China International Journal of Mineral Processing, (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.minpro.2015.06.016.

Supervision:

Currently co-supervising three PhD students.

Community Service:

Made educational movies of research outcomes and received more than 170k views and 100+ positive votes (no negative votes)on youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BicR3JGlE5M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB0r6A5VxFU

Research Interests:

  • Drying
  • Drug delievery
  • Process modelling and optimisation
  • Particle-fluid flows
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Computer simulation
  • Mineral process
  • Industrial cyclones
  • Fluidisation