Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 287

The CRC examines reacting moving granular assemblies with gas flow, an important unit operation in energy process engineering.

We develop models for reactive particle systems from DNS up to large-scale reactor simulations by DEM/CFD. Additionally, we focus on innovating measurement techniques that provide a detailed insight into the phenomena in moving, reacting particle beds.

Velocity in packed bed using LBM as well as segregation on a batch grate
The laboratory of granular material to model a silo

The CRC is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation )
Project ID 422037413 – CRC 287.

  • 08.07.2024 Paper on Drag, lift, and torque correlations for axi-symmetric rod-like non-spherical particles published. Read more
  • 19.06.2024 M.Sc. Nikoline Hilse (project C3, Bochum) was awarded ‘The First Runner Up’ in the best student paper award competition for her contribution at the 48th International Technical Conference on Clean Energy, Clearwater, Florida, USA. Read more
  • 13,06,2024, Italy: Prof. Scherer gave a seminar at University of Salerno, Italy, on June 13 2024 on “DEM/CFD simulation of moving and reacting granular assemblies with gas flow. Read more
  • 11-12,06,2024,  Frankfurt , Germany Prof. Scherer was a keynote speaker at the Modeling and Simulation session during the ”International Powder & Nanotechnology Forum (IPNF 2024) ”  Read more
  • 01.06.2024     CRC granted for another 4 years. Read more
  • 02.05.2024 Paper on Kinetics of iron reduction upon reduction/oxidation cycles published. Read more
  • 09.04.2024 Paper on prediction of hydrodynamic forces in stationary particle assemblies published. Read more

24.-25., 09, 2024,  Bochum, Germany: The CRC retreat in Bochum will be held with focus on reviewing the progress of current CRC projects and ….  Read more

26., 09, 2024,  Bochum, Germany The CRC doctoral researcher’s slef-organized workshop in Bochum will be held.  Read more

17.-18., 06, 2025, Mageburg, Germany:

2nd International Workshop on Reacting Particle-Gas Systems, Mageburg, Johanneskirche. Read more

Dr. Nicole Vorhauer-Huget

Dr. Nicole Vorhauer-Huget (left) and professor Dr.-Ing. Alba Dieguez Alonso (right) are preparing for experiments on the microwave reactor at the University of Magdeburg. For further reading, click here.

The CRC project areas are:




Gas-Phase Phenomena

Particle Phenomena

Coupled Process

velocity and heat transfer in packed bed reactor
CRC retreat of Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 287
velocity and heat transfer in packed bed reactor