Pore Network Modelling in Process Engineering
In pore network modeling, the porous medium is represented by a network of geometrically similar pores, and transport phenomena are modeled directly at the pore scale. This discrete approach allows for the simulation of relatively large porous structures taking into account most of its microscopic properties. In the past, we have developed pore network models to study the role of various transport phenomena, e.g. friction or heat transfer, as well as the influence of the pore structure on the drying and wetting behavior of porous media.

The major current research goals of my group are:
  • finding effective transport parameters for use in continuous drying models from representative pore networks
  • drying experiments with micromodels to validate pore network simulations
  • validation of pore network modeling by drying experiments with X-ray micro-tomography
  • modeling of salt crystallization within a porous matrix during drying
  • modeling and measurement of fluid transport in loop heat pipes
  • modeling and measurement of fluid transport in the gas diffusion layer of a fuel cell during gas purge
In this way, the discrete method of pore network modeling can link pore scale and process scale – either directly or as a tool in a multiscale approach, taking input from a discrete microscopic model and feeding a continuous model at the macro-scale with parameters. Pore networks account only for phenomena in the void space, but they may be complemented by other methods (e.g. discrete element method) for a holistic description of processes. Real pore structures are represented by pore networks in a more or less adequate way: therefore, methods to assess the adequacy of a network representation as well as alternative modeling tools are being developed. Pore network models are extended to industrial porous materials and shall be used as a design tool to improve the performance of materials such as composites, catalysts, ceramics, etc.


Dr.-Ing. Abdolreza Kharaghani
Building 10, room 220
Email: abdolreza.kharaghani@ovgu.de
Phone: +49 391 67 51362
Fax: +49 391 67 51160
University Course Drying 2020
30.03.2020 - 02.04.2020 in Magdeburg
University Course Fluidization Technology 2019
04.11.2019 - 07.11.2019 in Hamburg
Award for Maciej Jaskulski
Cluster WIGRATEC enters the next round
Arun S. Mujumdar Medal for Prof. E. Tsotsas
Award for best oral presentation
Award for best oral presentation for Christoph Neugebauer on Population Balance Modeling Conference 2018
Faculty Prize 2018
Award for Prof. E. Tsotsas
Honorary Professorship of UCTM, Sofia, for Prof. Tsotsas
University Course Drying 2018
19. March -- 22. March 2018 in Magdeburg
University Course Fluidization Technology 2017
6. - 9. November 2017 in Hamburg
Award on Conference
Best Research Award for Sayali Zarekar on IDS in Gifu, Japan
Award on Conference
Best Poster Award for Christian Rieck at PARTEC 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany
Award on Conference
Best poster award for Vesselin Idakiev at national conference
Award on Conference
Best Presentation Awards on Nordic Baltic Drying Conference 2015
ECCE 2015
27. September - 01. October 2015 in Nice, France
Granulation Workshop 2015
1st July - 3rd July 2015 in Sheffield, UK
University Course Drying 2016
29. March -- 01. April 2016 in Magdeburg
Extension of the Research Training Group 1554
Extension of the funding period for 4.5 years
Award on annual conference
Award for best poster presentation goes to Maryam Dadkhah
Modern Drying Technology Vol. 3
Prof. E. Tsotsas in CES Top 20 Reviewer 2010
Award on Asia Pacific Drying Conference
VDI Ehrenring für Jun.-Prof. Mirko Peglow
University Course Drying 2014
Fundamentals and Applications of Drying Technology