Dr Peter Witt, member of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) team.
Dr Peter Witt: investigating fluidised beds with computational fluid dynamics
Expertise in the area of developing and applying computational fluid dynamics models of gas–particle flows has helped Dr Witt better understand and solve problems in industrial plants.
29 June 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011
Dr Witt's recent work, conducted with major Australian and international companies, has included:
computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of gas-particle flow in a fluidised bed coker stripper
modelling gas and particle flow and drying in the riser of a calciner
predicting slurry drying and gas flow in rotary dryers
CFD modelling of slurry flow in thickeners
modelling of flows in aluminium reduction cells using magneto-hydro dynamics (MHD)
predicting and measuring gas flows and fume capture in hygiene hoods in smelters.
Dr Witt has also acted as Secretary for the 2nd, 3rd & 5th International Conferences on CFD in the Process Industries.
Dr Witt taught fluid mechanics and heat transfer to third, fourth and final year engineering students and also supervised PhD students prior to joining CSIRO.
Prior to joining CSIRO, Dr Witt lectured with the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
He taught fluid mechanics and heat transfer to third, fourth and final year engineering students and also supervised PhD students. His PhD and subsequent research work resulted in the development and implementation of a CFD model for fluidised beds.
Dr Witt has been a research scientist/engineer with CSIRO since 1997. During this time he has continued his work to enhance the software used in computational fluid dynamics modelling, enabling him to understand and improve the operation of industrial plants.
His other research interests include:
In 1992, Dr Witt completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
He continued at Swinburne University of Technology and in 1997 was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering for his thesis titled Development of a mathematical model of the flow processes in a fluidised bed.
Dr Witt has received a number of awards including:
CSIRO Innovation award for combining CFD and physical modelling for predicting behaviour in a fluidised bed calciner
Esso prize for the most outstanding final year mechanical engineering student
WP Brown medal, awarded by the Institution of Engineers, Australia for the best all-round final year engineering student.
He is also a Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
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