Alejandro Lopez
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Curriculum Vitae
About Me

Alejandro received his MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of The Basque Country in 2010. He then joined one of the leading Service Companies in the Basque Country. In 2012 he decided to change his career path and started a PhD in Mechanical Engineering together with an MSc. In Industrial Engineering. He recently obtained his second MSc. and is currently finalising his PhD Thesis at the University of Strathclyde while working as a Research Fellow at the Chemical and Process Engineering School, University of Leeds. His PhD studies the influence of the geometrical changes on fluid flow due to erosion processes. At Leeds University he is modelling the Vertical Roller Mill developed by IIT with CFD and DEM, optimising it for erosion and investigating particle breakage both computationally and experimentally. This project is being done under supervision of Prof. Mojtaba Ghadiri and sponsored by the UK government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).

Research Interests
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • CFD/DEM/ Modelling
  • Erosion
  • Multiphase Flows
Projects

Milling of particulate solids using a new vertical roller mill

Modelling and Experimental Validation of Powder Flow for Pharmaceutical Materials

Publications
  • Lopez, A, Nicholls, W, Stickland, M & Dempster, W 2015, ‘CFD study of jet impingement test erosion using Ansys Fluent ® and OpenFoam ®Computer Physics Communications, vol 197, pp. 88-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.cpc.2015.07.016
  • Lopez, A, Stickland, M & Dempster, W 2015, ‘Modeling erosion in a centrifugal pump in an Eulerian-Lagrangian frame using OpenFOAM®Open Engineering, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 274-279. DOI: 10.1515/eng-2015-0037
Conferences
  • Lopez, A, Stickland, M & Dempster, W 2014, ‘Comparative study different erosion models in an Eulerian-Lagrangian frame using Open Source software‘ Paper presented at 12th European Fluid Machinery Congress, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 6/10/147/10/14
  • MacKenzie, A, Lopez, A, Ritos, K, Stickland, MT & Dempster, WM 2015, A comparison of CFD software packages’ ability to model a submerged jet. in The 11th International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries. Dickson, Australia, pp. 1-4, Eleventh International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries, Melbourne, Australia, 7-9 December