Advanced Virtual Course on

Modeling Granular Processes for Energy and Environment



Granular materials such as soils, powders and pharmaceutical products constitute the most abundant form of solid matter on Earth. Composed of a large number of grains interacting via frictional contacts and/or cohesive forces, they defy the standard scheme of classification in terms of solid, liquid, and gas. Their complex behavior has been at the focus of contemporary research in physics, mechanics, chemistry and geosciences. Today, the models and methods developed for two decades in this field represent a vast potential for application to technological and societal challenges related to energy, materials and environment.

The aim of this course is to provide a general introduction to both classical and modern concepts, models and methods developed for granular materials with a view of application to research issues in energy and environment. To bridge the gap between basic concepts and applications, several environmental granular processes and the related research issues are covered. As numerical simulations play a crucial role in modern research on granular processes, several methods will be introduced. Furthermore, an important part of the course will be focused on the multiscale modeling of granular materials from particle interactions and particle-scale inhomogeneities up to their collective and rheological behavior at the macroscopic scale.

This course will be of particular interest to graduate students (Master, PhD) and researchers in physics, mechanics, powder technology, soil mechanics, geosciences and environmental sciences, who wish to acquire a general understanding of granular processes in nature and technology. All sessions will be virtual and the participants will get credits for their participation (required for doctoral schools). Each session covers a stand-alone course on a specific topic, making it possible to follow selected courses although all courses are intrinsically inter-related.

The courses will be running from 25th of February 2021 until 15th of April 2021, every Thursday 10-12am and 2-4pm CET. All courses are free of charge, but registration is required.


For further information, please email the organizers:

Farhang Radjai              franck.radjai@umontpellier.fr

Katerina Ioannidou        aikaterini.ioannidou@umontpellier.fr      



This course is sponsored by the Excellence Lab Numev of University of Montpellier. 


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