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Research interests

  • Process engineering
  • Modelling and simulation 
  • Particle transportation
  • Particle separation
  • Reacting multiphase flow
  • Microfluidics
  • Non-Newtonian fluid flow
  • Flow instability

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Community service

Conference Organization

  • Minisymposia: Multiscale modelling of packing and flow of granular materials (Organizers: Zongyan Zhou, Shibo Kuang, Shunying Ji, Qiang Zhou, Xizhong An, Mikio Sakai and Kun Luo), 15th World Congress in Computational Mechanics (WCCM XV) and 8th Asia Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (APCOM VIII), Yokohama, Japan, July 31-August 5 2022.
  • A member of the Organizing Committee for “the 1st International Symposium on Computational Particle Technology and Multiphase Processes”, “The 2nd International Symposium On Computational Particle Technology & The 13th CSIRO International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries” and "3rd International Symposium on Computational Particle Technology"
  • A member of the Technical Committee for “The 1st International Conference on Mineral Engineering and Materials” and “The 2nd International Conference on Mineral Engineering and Materials”.

Peer Review

  • A key reader (equivalent to an associate editor) of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, with the duty of sending out manuscripts for review and making decision recommendations to an editor.
  • Reviewed 18+ ARC DP/LP/DECRA proposals and Chile FONDECYT proposals
  • Guest editor of “Pump and Pumping Systems” for Advances in Mechanical Engineering
  • Assessor of 6 Australian PhD and Master’s theses
  • Reviewed 800+ manuscripts for 100 international journals in my field  (Please visit Publons for details)



Dr Kuang's research interests centre around Computational Process Engineering. It aims to achieve fundamental elucidation, theory and method establishment, process optimization, and new technology exploration for particulate and multiphase processes. The ultimate goals are to improve system efficiency and reliability, reduce cost, and minimize the impacts on the environment. Both physics-based models and data-driven (AI) models are thus developed and applied. The former include multi-scale and multi-physics methods such as LBM, DEM, LBM-DEM,  unresolved CFD (RANS, LES, DNS)-DEM, resolved CFD-DEM, TFM, VOF and etc. The research topics cover particle transportation (e.g. in pneumatic/hydraulic conveying, microchannel, hydraulic fracture of shale gas [proppant placement], non-Newtonian fluid system), particle separation (e.g. by sand screen, hydrocyclone, gas cyclone, dense medium cyclone, in-line pressure jig, microchannel, nanofiltration device [water purification]), multi-phase reacting flows (e.g. in metallurgical reactors for production of iron, steel, aluminum).  

Current and past projects

  • 2023-2028  Research Hub for Smart Design and Control. ARC Research Hub (IH230100010, collaborated with Rio Tinto, Baosteel, Bradken, Longking, JITRI).Total grant: AU$13.5M. Chief Investigator. Rank: 10/32.  A lead for one of five research areas in the hub.

  • 2022-2024 Model studies of Australian lump ore applied to blast furnace ironmaking, ARC LP (LP210200903, collaborated with Rio Tinto). Total grant: AU$1.5M. Chief Investigator. Rank: 2/4.

  • 2021-2021  Investigation of flow regimes and transition along pulverized coal (PC) conveying pipelines. BlueScope Steel. Total grant: AU$61K. Principal chief investigator. Rank: 1/2. 

  • 2020-2022 Assessment of different routes to realise oxygen blast furnace (collaborated with Baosteel). Baosteel. Total grant: AU$400K. Chief investigator. Rank: 2/2.
  • 2017-2019  Model studies of three-dimensional distributions within blast furnace for reliable and efficient operations. Baosteel-Australia Joint Research and Development Centre (BA16002). Total grant: AU$400K. Principal chief investigator. Rank: 1/5. 

  • 2016-2020  Particle-scale modelling of particle-fluid flows in gas and oil extraction. ARC LP (LP160100819, collaborated with Weir Minerals and BePIONEER). Total grant: AU$1.2M. Chief Investigator. Rank: 3/6. 

  • 2016-2021  Research Hub for Computational Particle Technology. ARC Research Hub (IH140100035, collaborated with JITRI, Longking, Baosteel, and Rio Tinto).Total grant: AU$12M. Chief Investigator. Rank: 12/31.  Project leader for subprojects of “Integrated BF process model”; “Pneumatic conveying for fly ash”; “Hydrocyclones”. Details can be found in ARC Hub for Computational Particle Technology

  • 2011-2014  Particle-scale study of pneumatic conveying bends (AU$8K in 2011); Micromechanic modelling and analysis of dense-phase pneumatic transport of powders (AU$6K in 2012); A multi-scale study of flow instability within pneumatic and hydraulic conveying systems (AU$5K in 2013); Towards fundamentals underlying separators of nanopore structure (4.9K in 2014), UNSW Faculty Research Grant program. Total grant: AU$25K, sole Chief Investigator.

  • 2021-2025 Development and application of digital blast furnace model for low carbon ironmaking processes. The key program of NSFC (the National Natural Science Foundation of China) (52034003). Total grant: CNY 3M (~AU$ 600K). Partner Investigator (Monash Suzhou). Rank: 2/7.

  • 2016-2019 Development and application of a particle scale blast furnace model. The key program of JF-NSFC (the Joint Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China) (U1560205). Total grant: CNY 3.34M (~AU$ 660K). Partner Investigator (Monash Suzhou). Rank: 2/6.

  • 2016-2019 Mesoscopic averaging theory of granular systems: Formulation and application. The key program of MRP-NSFC (The Major Research Plan of the National Natural Science Foundation of China) (91534206). Total grant: CNY 3.6M (~ AU$ 720K). Partner Investigator (Monash Suzhou). Rank: 2/7.


In Computational Process Engineering, Dr Kuang published 130+ papers including 3 invited reviews and 106 journal papers collected in ISI Web of Science. The number of citations from these publications equals 4000 (H-index=34) according to Google Scholar as of 2023. 

Guest lectures



  • Particle scale modeling and analysis of gas-solid flow in pneumatic conveying, The 8th International Conference for Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids(CHOPS), Tel Aviv, Israel, 3-7 May 2015.


  • Ironmaking blast furnaces: Recent model development and application, SIMPAS International Symposium for Commemorating Prof Aibing Yu’s 60th Birthday and His Over 35 Years’ Research on Particle Technology, Suzhou, China, August 25 – 28, 2023.
  • Pipe transportation of bulk materials: Model development and application, 9th UK-China International Particle Technology Forum, London, UK, August 21-23, 2023.

  • Development of low carbon blast furnace ironmaking technologies to mitigate carbon dioxide emission, the 7th Edition on Global Energy Meet (GEM-2023),  Boston, USA,  March 06-08, 2023.

  • Modeling of non-Newtonian suspension flows, 2nd International Conference on Mineral Engineering and Materials Science, Sydney, 2022 (iCMEMS-2022) | 6th GCSTMR World Congress, (Physical: Sydney, Australia; Virtual: Online through Zoom), November, 27-30, 2022.

  • Simulation and modelling of low-carbon ironmaking technologies, 13th Annual Meeting of Ironmaking and Steelmaking, Video Conference, 23-24 November 2022.

  • Modelling and analysis of non-Newtonian suspension flows, The 1st World Conference on Multiphase Transportation, Conversion & Utilization of Energy (MTCUE 2022), Xi’an, China, 27-31 July 2022.

  • Numerical investigation of ironmaking blast furnace with simultaneous injection of hydrogen through shaft and hearth tuyeres, the 9th World Congress on Particle Technology (WCPT9), Madrid, Spain, 18-22 September 2022.

  • Modelling multiphase flows inside hydrocyclones towards applications, 3rd International Symposium on Computational Particle Technology, Hybrid Symposium (Physical: Suzhou, China; Virtual: Online through Zoom), 17-21 November 2021.

  • CFD studies of ironmaking blast furnace, The 4th National Ironmaking Equipment and Design Conference, Hybrid Symposium (Physical: Kunshan, China; Virtual: Online through Zoom), 3-6 November 2021.

  • Pipeline conveying of bulk materials: Modelling and application, 2nd Conference of Computational Process Engineering, Video Conference, 16-17 July 2020.

  • Multiscale modelling and analysis of particle-fluid flow systems: Some examples, 18th Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE) Congress, Sapporo, Japan, 23-27 September 2019.

  • CFD study of ironmaking blast furnace: Recent model development and application, The 13th CSIRO International Conference on CFD in the Minerals and Process Industries, Melbourne, Australia, 4-8 December 2018.

  • Modelling and application of hydrocyclones, The 1st Japan-Australia Symposium on Advanced Modeling & Simulation for Industrial Powder System, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, 14 December 2017.


  • Development of low-carbon blast furnace ironmaking technologies by a CFD process model, International Symposium on New Developments in Materials and Metallurgical Technologies, Video conference, 22 November 2022.

  • 3D modelling of ironmaking blast toward industrial applications. The International Symposium on Minerals, Metallurgic and Materials Research and Development Advanced Technology, Nanchang, China, 4-5 January 2020.

  • Three-dimensional modelling of blast furnace with layered cohesive zone, The 7th Australia-China-Japan Joint Symposium on Iron and Steelmaking, Suzhou, China, 4-7 September 2018.

  • Numerical investigation of the inner profiles of ironmaking blast furnaces, The 6thAustralia-China-Japan Joint Symposium on Iron and Steelmaking, Melbourne, Australia, 23-26 November 2016.

  • Lattice Boltzmann investigation of the negative wake behind spherical particles in power-law fluid flows, The 7th International Conference on Discrete Element Methods (DEM7), Dalian, China, 1-4 August 2016.

  • CFD modeling and analysis of shaft gas injection into oxygen blast furnaces, The First International Workshop on Computational Particle Technology and Multiphase Processes, Suzhou, China, 9-12 March 2016.

  • Discrete particle simulation of complex pneumatic conveying systems, The 7th Congress on Particle Technology, Beijing, China, 19-22 May 2014.


  • Multiscale modelling and simulation in metallurgical processes, Northeastern University, China, Online lecture, 29, October, 2022, totalling 4 hours.

  • Development and application of multiscale and multiphysics models simulating particle-fluid flows, Shandong University, China, Online lecture,  14, April 2022, totalling 1 hour.

  • Development of blast furnace (BF) process model and its application to low-carbon BF ironmaking, Chongqing University, China, Online lecture, 3, March 2022, totalling 1 hour.

  • Computer modelling and simulation in Process Engineering – Part II: particle separation & particle-fluid reacting flow, Northeastern University, China, Online lecture, 28 July 2020, totalling 2 hours.

  • Computer modelling and simulation in Process Engineering – Part I: particle transportation, Northeastern University, China, Online lecture, 27 July 2020, totalling 2 hours.

  • Numerical study of particle-fluid flow: From fundamentals towards industrial applications, 2nd International Seminar on Resilience Engineering, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 13 December 2017, totalling 45 minutes.


  • BF modelling and application, Shougang Group Co. Ltd., May 2019, totalling 1 hour


Supervision interests

Please email to [email protected] if you plan to pursue PhD degree under him at Monash.

Current and past PhD projects 


Miss Jiayi Wang (Joint-supervision with Prof Aibing Yu and Prof Ning Yang)
Liquid dispersion in particle beds

Mr Adriano de Freitas (exchange from UFABC)
Pneumatic feeder

Mr Yi Zhou (Joint-supervision with Prof Aibing Yu)
Pore-scale modelling

Mr Yang fei (Joint-supervision with Prof Aibing Yu and Prof Ning Yang)
Hydrogen utilization

Mr Qiang Zheng (Joint-supervision with Prof Wei Wang and Dr Qijun Zheng)
CFD/CFD-DEM modeling of reacting multiphase flows

Mr Yancong Liu (Joint-supervision with Prof Aibing Yu and Dr Lulu Jiao)
BF modeling

Mr Ahmad Salem Ahmad Alzeraim Alsuwaidi (Joint-supervision with Prof Lian Zhang)
FCC modeling

Mr Kailai Chen (Joint-supervision with Prof/A Ruiping Zou and Dr Lulu Jiao)
Iron ore evaluation

Mr Fayuan Huang (Joint supervision with Prof/A Ruiping Zou)
Numerical study of hydrocyclone separating battery waste

Mr Sida Ai (Joint supervision with Prof Murray Rudman and Prof/A Ruiping Zou)
LBM study of non-Newtonian system

Mr Chang Chao (Joint-supervision with Prof Yong Zhao and Dr Qijun Zheng)
Treatment of industrial wastewater by iron-carbon micro-electrol​ysis

Mr Patricio Ignacio Jacobs Capdeville (Joint-supervision with Prof Aibing Yu)
Energy dissipation in granular flows

Mr Qing Ye ( Joint-supervision with Dr Peibo Duan and Prof/A Ruiping Zou)
AI for hydrocyclone

Mr Haoyu Wang (Joint-supervision with Prof Aibing Yu)
Slurry pump

Mr Mohammad Fazli (Joint supervision with Prof Murray Rudman and Dr Andrew Chryss)
DNS study of non-Newtonian fluid coarse particle suspension

Dr Puja Paul (Joint-supervision with Dr Lizhong He)
Nanoparticle separation

Dr Jing Li (Joint supervision with Prof/A)
Modelling of hydrogen blast furnace

Dr Noor Ilyana Ismaii (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu)
Modelling of Newtonian and non-Newtonian screen screen system in the petroleum industry

Dr Jun Li (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu and Prof Pingli Liu)
Experimental and numerical study on proppant transportation in complex hydraulic fractures

Dr Lingling Liu (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu and Dr Baoyu Guo)
Modelling and optimization of ironmaking blast furnace with an integrated mathematical model

Dr Ming Wang (exchange from China University of Petroleum,Beijing)
Modelling of fluidization

Dr Enzhu Zheng (Joint supervision with Prof Murray Rudman and Dr Andrew Chryss )
DNS-DEM modelling of non-Newtonian fluid-particle flow

Dr Yong Zhao (exchange from Huazhong University of Science and Technology) (Joint supervision with Dr Gerald Pereira)
LBM modelling of multiphase flows

Dr Memeng Zhou (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu and Prof Kun Luo)
Modelling of particle-liquid flow

Dr Lulu Jiao (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu)
Development and application of blast furnace process model

Dr Fei Xiao (exchange from Southwest Petroleum University)
Modelling of gas pipeline erosion

Dr Yaqing Zhang (exchange from Zhejiang University)
CFD modelling of nanofiltration membrane

Dr Siddhartha Shrestha (Joint supervision with Dr Zongyan Zhou)
Particle scale modelling of bubble dynamics in bubbling fluidized beds of ellipsoids

Dr Zheng Qi (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu)
Lattice Boltzmann investigation on non-Newtonian fluid-particle systems

Dr Zhen Miao (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu)
Modeling and analysis of pneumatic conveying of pulverised coal in the blast furnace ironmaking process

Dr Ruibing Li (exchange from Northeastern University)
Modeling and analysis of the gas-liquid flow in a new-designed reactor in the aluminium production process

Dr Hui Zhu (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu)
CFD-DEM modeling and analysis of particle-fluid flows through micro channels

Dr Zhaoyang Li (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu)
Development and application of CFD process model to ironmaking blast furnace

Dr He Zhang (exchange from Tsinghua University)
Experimental and numerical study of pneumatic conveying

Dr Li Ji (Joint supervision with Prof Aibing Yu and Dr. Kaiwei Chu)
CFD modeling and analysis of coal separation in hydrocyclones

Dr Maryam Ghodrat (co-supervisor)
Computational modeling and analysis of the flow and performance in hydrocyclones

Dr Ke Li (co-supervisor)
CFD-DEM simulation of particle-fluid flows


Mr Yecheng Tang (Joint-supervision with Prof/A Ruiping Zou)
Design of hydrocyclone

Mr Zhaoyang Li (co-supervisor)
Numerical study of geometrical effects on blast furnace (BF) flow and performance

Mr Zheng Qi (co-supervisor)
CFD modeling and analysis of the multiphase flow and performance of dense medium cyclone: effects of geometry and operating conditions


Monash teaching commitment

CHE4162 - Particle Technology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

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