Ruiping Zou

Assoc Professor

1991 …2021
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Personal profile


Received B.Eng. (1986) from Northeastern University China, M.Eng. (1990) from University of Wollongong Australia and PhD (1998) from UNSW Australia. Dr Zou was an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (1998-2000), Research Fellow/Adjunct Lecturer (2001-2008) and Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer (2008-2016) with UNSW Australia, Associate Professor (Research) (2016- ) with Monash University. She has been the Manager for Lab. for Simulation and Modelling of Particulate Systems (SIMPAS), which is currently composed of 56 Researchers, since 2002.

Dr Zou has authored >130 Journal papers, book chapters and conference papers including 80 referred Journal papers; attracted >2M research grants through various university and ARC competitive schemes including 7; graduated 9 PhD and 9 MEng (as co-supervisor or supervisor) and been referee for ARC grant applications and various learned journals including Powder Technology, Chemical Engineering Science, and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Her research mainly focuses on Particle and Multiphase.

Research interests

Powder/particle technology: particle characterisation and data interpretation; particle packing characteristics and porosity prediction; particle-structure-property relations; processing and handling of bulk/particulate materials; simulation of particulate systems, and applications in mineral/metallurgy/material industries.

Supervision interests

  • She has graduated 18 PhD and Masters by research students as co-supervisor/principal supervisor at UNSW, and currently, acts as the principal supervisor for two PhDs at Monash.

Community service

  • Being the Manager of Simpas (Lab for Simulation and Modelling of Particulate Systems), currently consisting of 56 researchers, since 2002.

  • Being the referee for ARC DP and LP grant applications since 2002.

  • Being the referee for various learned journals including Powder Technology, Chemical Engineering Science and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research; also reviewing papers for international conferences such as Chemeca and Powders and Grain.

  • Being the conference coordinator of  1) The 3rd Australia-China-Japan Joint Symposium on Iron and Steel making, Aug. 2010, Sydney, Australia; 2) Powders and Grains International Conference, July 2013, Sydney, Australia; 3) the 2nd Australia-China Joint Symposium on Minerals and Metallurgy, July 2014, Sydney, Australia, 4)The Australia-China Joint Workshop on Multi-phase Flow,  Dec 10-13 2015, Suzhou, China; 5) The 6th Australia-China-Japan iron making conference, Nov 2016.

  • Being the coordinator of Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials (3-M Centre) (2013-2015).

  • Being the Node Director (Melbourne) for ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology.


  • Particle simulation
  • Multiphase flow

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Projects 2016 2021

ARC Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology

Yu, A., Chu, K., Dong, K., Guo, B., Hapgood, K., Jiang, X., Kuang, S., Rudman, M., Selomulya, C., Shen, Y., Strezov, V., Wang, G., Yan, W., Yang, R., Zeng, Q., Zhao, D., Zhao, B., Zhou, Z., Zhu, H., Zou, R., Curtis, J., Evans, T., Fan, L., Hu, D., Li, J., Luding, S., Mao, X., Pan, R., Song, S., Williams, R., Zhu, J., Huang, H., Zhang, L. & Jiang, Y.

Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, Australian Research Council (ARC), Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI), Fujian Longking Co Ltd, Baosteel Group Corporation, Hamersley Iron Pty Limited, Monash University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland , Western Sydney University, Macquarie University


Project: Research

Research Output 1991 2018

Equivalent packing size of spheroidal particles: A microscopic test

Li, C., Zhou, Z., Zou, R., Dong, K., Pinson, D. & Yu, A., 15 Jun 2018, In : Powder Technology. 333, p. 286-292 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Characteristics of red mud slurry flow in carbonation reactor

Li, R., Zhang, T., Liu, Y., Zhou, J., Zou, R. & Kuang, S., 15 Apr 2017, In : Powder Technology. 311, p. 66-76 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Stress distribution in conical sandpiles formed with ellipsoidal particles

Liu, S., Zhou, Z., Zou, R. & Yu, A., 30 Jun 2017, EPJ Web of Conferences : Powders and Grains 2017 – 8th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media. Radjai, F., Nezamabadi, S., Luding, S. & Delenne, J-Y. (eds.). EDP Sciences, Vol. 140. 4 p. 06023

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Systematic study of the effect of particle density distribution on the flow and performance of a dense medium cyclone

Chen, J., Chu, K., Zou, R., Yu, A., Vince, A., Barnett, G. D. & Barnett, P. J., 1 Jun 2017, In : Powder Technology. 314, p. 510-523 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Quasi-universality in the packing of uniform spheres under gravity

An, X., Dong, K. J., Yang, R., Zou, R., Wang, C. & Yu, A., 2016, In : Granular Matter. 18, 6, p. 1 - 7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review