Alberto Passalacqua

  • Associate Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biological Engineering (Courtesy)

Main Office

302 Lab of Mechanics
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-5047


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

Interest Areas

  • 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

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/j.jcp.2011.03.038.
  • 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.