Emeritus Professor Martin Rhodes

Emeritus Professor Martin Rhodes

Emeritus Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (Powder Technology), University of Bradford
  • BEng (Chemical Engineering), University of Bradford

Professional Appointments

  • 2003-2008 Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
  • 2000-2003 Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
  • 1997-1999 Reader, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
  • 1994-1996 Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
  • 1992-1994 Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bradford
  • 1983-1992 Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bradford
  • 1983-1984 Research Assistant, Postgraduate School of Powder Technology, University of Bradford
  • 1980-1982 Process Design Engineer, John Thurley International, Combustion Engineers, Harrogate, U.K.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, The Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Chartered Engineer (I.Chem.E.)
  • Member, Joint Victorian Chemical Engineering Committee
  • Founding Chairman, Particle Technology Interest Group, JVCEC
  • President, Australasian Particle Technology Society

Research Interests

Emeritus Professor Martin’s current research and professional interest includes the following areas,

  • Research into circulating fluidized beds (CFBs), including hydrodynamics, heat transfer, combustion and strategies for minimising emission of nitrogen oxides during coal combustion. Fundamental modelling of flowing gas-particle suspensions.
  • Fluidized bed steam drying of porous materials, including low rank coals. Study of the mechanism of defluidization of fluidized beds brought about by the presence of liquid/sticky phases.
  • CFD-DEM simulation of gas-particle systems
  • Scale-up criteria for gas fluidized beds
  • Influence of elevated pressure on fluidized bed behaviour
  • The role of interparticle forces in determination of the macroscopic behaviour of particulate solids. In particular, the influence of interparticle forces in determination of fluidized bed dynamics.
  • The mechanisms of size and density segregation in particulate solids
  • Production of water-based and solid particle aerosols.
  • Interest in particle technology education. Director of continuing education courses Particle Technology and Gas Fluidized Beds: Design and Operation on behalf of Monash University.

Research Projects

Current projects

Present 2 Papers, 6th International Conference on Circulating Fluidized Beds, Wurzburg, Germnay

ARC Large 1996 - Dr M Rhodes

Collier - Dr M J Rhodes

Past projects

Simulation of Heat Transfer in Fluidized Beds Using a Discrete Element Method

Influence of Humidity on the Behaviour of Powders: Relating Interparticle Forces to Powder Properties

Discrete Element Method Simulation of Large-scale Fluidized Beds

Design of granule microstructure in fluidised bed granulation: Modelling & experimental realisation

The ability to engineer granule microstructure and design product properties is critical in many industries, including high value pharmaceutical and catalyst granules. This proposal aims to develop systematic, science-based design rules for controlling granule microstructure in fluidised bed granulation, using a new and unique combination of multi-scale experiments and sophisticated discrete element modeling (DEM) simulations. When combined with formulation specific properties, the design rules can be used to engineer granule microstructure including granule size, porosity and composition.

Imaging Facility for Complex Fluids

This proposal seeks to establish a modern imaging facility to support a large number of research projects on complex fluids. The research groups benefiting from this facility have a long history of collaboration and a large number of research fellows.

Lignite for sludge dewatering, drying and waste-water clean-up

The Role of Interparticle Forces in Determining Fluidized Bed Behaviour

Reducing wear on rotary coal pulverisers

Separation of Mammalian cells using FF/Splitt: Numerical Approach for Method Optimisation

Superheated steam drying of lignite

Dispersion of Micronised Drug for Respiratory Delivery

CRC Clean Power from Lignite

Research articles, papers & publications

See Martin’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.

Last modified: 04/12/2019