Alejandro Lopez
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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 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering together with an MSc. in Industrial Engineering. He recently obtained his second MSc. Together with his Ph.D. 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 the fluid flow due to erosion processes. At Leeds University he has been modelling the Vertical Roller Mill developed by IIT with CFD and DEM, optimising it for erosion and investigating particle breakage and Energy Utilisation both computationally and experimentally. This project was sponsored by the UK Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). He is currently working on Flowability of cohesive powders in Advanced Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Therapeutics (ADDoPT) project, which has been funded to accelerate the translation of molecules into medicinal products.  The main focus of the project is on DEM simulation and experimental validation of Powder Flow for both cohesive and non-cohesive powders.

Research Interests
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Powder Flow
  • 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