Modeling and Simulation in Granular Materials
Track: Grid Computing

Most people who have purchased a box of cereal observed a label on the package to the effect, "This product is sold by weight and not volume. Some settling may have occurred during shipping." This highlights one of the intrinsic properties of bulk solids, i.e., they have the ability to undergo a change in density.

It is only recently that computers have been powerful enough to model this type of behavior. The objective of this research is to study this ubiquitous phenomenon via mathematical simulations based on deterministic laws governing the motion of particles - that is Newton’s laws. Results obtained using the computational cluster at NJIT and Open Science Grid will be presented.

Speaker Information

Anthony Rosato
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology


Anthony Rosato received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. He has been at the New Jersey Institute of Technology since 1987 where he holds the rank of Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Rosato’s research interests are in the broad field of particle technology, with a focus on computational modeling and experimental studies of granular flows related to the solids handling and processing industries. From 1995-1999, he served as the founding director of NJIT’s Particle Technology Center, and he has been the director of the Granular Science Laboratory in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department since 1999.

Dr. Rosato has held visiting appointments at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Lovelace Institutes (Albuquerque, NM), ESPCI in Paris and Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the ASME, Editor-in-chief of Mechanics
Research Communications, a 2010 Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, and a member of the Academy of Mechanics, the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute, and Sigma Xi.