Alberto Passalacqua

Alberto Passalacqua

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Courtesy Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Research Interests

  • Multiphase fluid dynamics
  • Fluid particle flows
  • Quadrature-based moment methods
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Numerical methods for computational fluid dynamics
  • Development of open-source tools for computational fluid dynamics


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, 2008
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, 2004

Selected Publications

  • A. Passalacqua, R. O. Fox, Simulation of mono- and bidisperse gas-particle flow in a riser with a third-order quadrature-based moment method, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Accepted, 2012, doi:10.1021/ie300424m.
  • A. Passalacqua, R. O. Fox, Implementation of an iterative solution procedure for multi-fluid gas-particle flow models on unstructured grids, Powder Technology, 213, pp. 174-187, 2011, doi:10.1016/j.powtec.2011.07.030.
  • V. Vikas, Z. J. Wang, A. Passalacqua, R. O. Fox, Realizable high-order finite-volume schemes for quadrature-based moment method, Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 230, Issue 13, pp. 5328-5352, 2011, doi:10.1016/
  • A. Passalacqua. J. Galvin, P. Vedula, C.M. Hrenya, R. O. Fox, A quadrature-based kinetic model for dilute non-isothermal granular flows, Communications in Computational Physics, 10, pp. 216-252, 2011.
  • A. Passalacqua, R. O. Fox, Advanced continuum modelling of gas-particle flows beyond the hydrodynamic limit, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp. 1616-1627, 2011, doi:10.1016/j.apm.2010.09.038.
  • A. Passalacqua, R. O. Fox, R. Garg, S. Subramaniam, A fully coupled quadrature-based moment method for dilute to moderately dilute fluid-particle flows, Chemical Engineering Science, Vol. 65, pp. 2267-2283, 2010, doi:10.1016/j.ces.2009.09.002.


  • American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund – Doctoral New Investigator Grant, A fundamental investigation of turbulence in multiphase gas-particle flows, September 1st, 2014 – August 31st, 2016.
  • US-DOE UCR, Uncertainty quantification tools for multiphase gas-solid flow simulations using MFIX, October 1st, 2011 – September 30th, 2014.

Alberto Passalacqua

Assistant Professor
302 Lab of Mechanics