Francisco Javier Goio Castro

About me

I obtained a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza in November 2019.
During my master’s thesis I addressed the numerical characterization of the Volume Phase Transition in hydrogels and its critical behaviour.

In January 2020 I started working as a PhD student and Project Assistant at the Institute of Process and Particle Engineering at Graz University of Technology, in the framework of the CALIPER ITN.

Francisco Javier Goio Castro
Dott. Mag.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 812638

Research interests

The title of my thesis is “Fully-Resolved Grain Deformation Models and Fluids Coupling” and my current research focuses on the modelling of soft, strongly deformable grains. The aim is to understand how grain scale deformation affects granular flows, hence relating single grain properties with the macroscopic behaviour of the system. The numerical approach I am using is a coupled SPH-DEM model based on LIGGGHTS®.

Particle flow rate versus orifice width. α is a measure of how deformable (soft) particles are. We can see that the more they are deformable, the quicker they flow.
Particle flow in a 2D silo. The color is labeling the id of the particles.
Uniaxial compression of a 2D set of soft, deformable discs
under construction