From Lab to Plant: the Up-Scaling of Innovative Technologies

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Using virtual experiments to scale-up multiphase flows in innovative reaction and separation processes, from proof of concept through to industry-scale operation.

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Competitive advantage

  • Enabling the scale-up of innovative technology at low cost and in a safe and timely manner
  • Design can be customised to an individual process and allows for specific requests to be made


  • The design, test and customisation of new reactors from basic research all the way through to system test and operation
  • Lowering operating costs and energy consumption by optimising raw materials, operational conditions and geometry parameters
  • Enhancing operational efficiency and stability in the food industry

Successful applications

  • Designed and optimised new raw materials saving 1.5M pa in costs for a steel company
  • The scale-up of a coal upgrading technology to improve the cleanliness and efficiency of cokemaking, for a coal company

Capabilities and facilities

  • State-of-the-art computational techniques and skills, including computational fluid dynamics, discrete element method and finite element method
  • Lab-scale test rigs e.g., ribbon mixers and fluidised beds

Our partners

  • BlueScope
  • BHP
  • Visy
  • Baosteel
  • Rio Tinto
  • Cleantech Energy Australia