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Periodic Report Summary 1 - T-MAPPP (Training in Multiscale Analysis of multi-Phase Particulate Processes (T-MAPPP))

Training in Multiscale Analysis of multi-Phase Particulate Processes (T-MAPPP)

Particulate materials constitute over 75% of raw material feedstock to industry. Despite their significance, many industrial particulate processes display unpredictable behaviour due to both their multiscale nature and the coexistence of different phases: this leads to undesirable losses in resources, energy, money and time. Considerable progress has been achieved using multiscale analysis and modelling to provide both visual and quantitative details of the dynamics of multiphase particulate systems. However, immature theoretical and numerical tools with sub-optimal capabilities, together with a lack of expertise and education in this developing field, hinder the adoption of these technologies. To address this skills gap and to initiate further advances in the field, a coordinated and inter-sectoral approach (combining different industrial sectors and fields of science) has been taken to broaden the portfolio of skills currently retained within the EU research community. The T-MAPPP network has brought together 16 leading European organizations in their respective fields, including 10 industrial companies (4 of which are SMEs) and stakeholders ranging from agriculture/food processing, consumer/personal care, chemicals/pharmaceuticals to software and equipment manufacture. The focus of the network was to foster and develop a pool of early stage and experienced researchers who can transform multiscale analysis and modelling from an exciting, novel scientific tool into a widely adopted industrial method to drive innovation and growth in industry.

The T-MAPPP project commenced on 1 March 2014. The key aims in the first 24 months of operation were to kick-start training and research, set up the website and recruit the 12 early stage researchers and 2 experienced researchers, to make progress on the scientific objectives of this ITN by means of the individual researcher projects as well as interaction between partners. Further goals along the path were to commence the delivery of training, working towards a position where researchers were directly involved in selecting and managing training to their own needs, to commence outreach activities explaining the work of the network to the general public and to settle the management of the network into a steady and effective routine. T-MAPPP has progressed excellently with all planned milestones having been met and all scheduled deliverables completed. Scientific, training, dissemination and outreach progress has already exceeded the initial plans for this stage of the work due to the engagement of staff and, more importantly, the research fellows.

In terms of scientific progress, the holistic nature of the research, as set out in the proposal, means that every researcher is contributing to more than one of the scientific work packages which progress together; however, early work has focused most strongly on WP1: Particulate Processes of Dry Systems, since these processes form the basis which is also relevant to the wet-pendular and multiphase systems studied in WP2 and WP3 respectively. As was planned, WP4 on multiscale methods and analysis has made good, but in comparison the least progress so far as this depends on results from the other WPs as input to achieve its multiscale analysis targets. Milestones as laid out in the proposal have all been met (M1.1, 2.1, 3.1 and 4.1) and all scientific deliverables (1.1, 2.1, 3.1 and 4.1) have also been completed to schedule.

To date, four network events have taken place. All T-MAPPP specific training courses have run as planned, for example courses on experimental testing of granular materials, experimental design, training on LIGGGHTS DEM software and on scientific outreach, with the researchers benefiting from the experience of T-MAPPP staff as well as external expert tutors.

The group of T-MAPPP researchers have formed a vibrant scientific and social community with short visits having taken place between many of the T-MAPPP participants as the secondment programme has begun. Training has progressed as planned with the three network training events and others well under preparation . The researchers have also begun their secondments in particular to the industrial partners and have taken advantage of on-the-job training and other courses out with the network events.

Given the solid progress in the scientific area, T-MAPPP has also begun to boldly disseminate the scientific findings, although, naturally, this remains in an early stage, and will accelerate further. For example, so far, we have organized T-MAPPP sessions at the PARTICLES 2015 Conference in September 2015 at Barcelona and at the CFDEM Workshop in March 2016 at Linz, where a total of twelve and eleven papers were orally presented, respectively. Several scientific and applied articles are under preparation or review with one journal paper published.

Outreach is another goal of T-MAPPP; several outreach activities have taken place and will continue to be developed as the network progresses. One particular area is the updating of the brand-new T-MAPPP website launched in March 2016 ( Other outreach successes included the construction of demonstration models of particulate processes for use in outreach activities - completed in spring 2015 and shared across the partner institutions already, having been transported and used in several outreach events such as public science festivals and the European Researchers’ Nights across Europe.

The focus for the next phase of T-MAPPP will include an even closer and self-driven involvement of the researchers in driving forward the research and training objectives, effectively managing the network including event organization, outreach and further dissemination of emerging scientific findings. T-MAPPP will also benefit from the recruitment of one final experienced researcher to accelerate the multiscale analysis agenda.

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