Workshop on

Powders and Granular Materials
Challenges and Future Trends

6-7 June 2019, Montpellier (France)


Powders and granules pose challenges in a wide range of instances, such as snow avalanches and landslides in nature to blockage of silos and flow irregularities in manufacturing industries. Over the last two decades, there has been considerable progress in modelling powders and granular materials along two routes: 1) better understanding of the particle-scale origins of the complex behaviour of these materials, and 2) increasing effort towards their realistic modelling by accounting for cohesive interactions, particle shapes, partial or full saturation by a fluid phase and particle fracture. Developments along these routes have emerged jointly from the physics and engineering communities, based on studies of a range of materials from model granular media to powders and soils.


This workshop, organised by the CNRS and University of Montpellier in collaboration with the University of Leeds and INRA-Montpellier, is intended to bring those communities together to focus on challenges and new scopes in modelling powders and granular materials and their characterisation. The 2-day workshop programme will be composed of several invited talks as well as contributed talks.



  • January 31st, 2019 March 1st, 2019 (Abstract submission is still possible!)

Abstract submission

  • March 11th, 2019

Notification of acceptance

  • April 12th, 2019

Early Registeration


Workshop Topics

  • General themes:
    • Granular flows
    • Jamming
    • Compaction
    • Cohesive granular materials
    • Fluid-grain interactions
    • Granulation and attrition
    • Particle interactions and triboelectricity
  • All applications and natural phenomena that involve particular or granular materials by focusing on:
    • Powder technology
    • Additive manufacturing
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Civil engineering
    • Geology

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