Anurag Tripathi

Associate Professor

Research Interest

  • Modelling and simulation of complex fluids
  • Rheology and segregation of granular mixtures
  • Wet granular flows


  • B.Tech., IIT Bombay, 2005
  • Ph.D., IIT Bombay, 2011
  • Postdoc., University of Pittsburgh, 2013

Research Overview

Our research group focuses on understanding the behaviour of bulk solids with a special focus on granular materials. This category of substances consists of numerous distinct solid particles. Examples include grains, cereals, pulses, sand, coal, etc. Though encountered commonly in a variety of natural and industrial settings, understanding and predicting their flow and mixing behaviour is a challenge. The varied flow behaviour that these substances can display contributes to the difficulty of predicting their behaviour. Investigating the rheology of granular materials in these different flow regimes is an active area of research in our group. Using discrete element method simulations, we obtain the constitutive equations that can accurately describe the flow of granular materials in different regimes. The flow behaviour and rheology of cohesive and wet granular materials is also being investigated.

Another aspect of our research is aimed at understanding and predicting the mixing and segregation phenomena in granular mixtures. The fundamental understanding of segregation of binary mixtures due to difference either in density or in size based on computation of particle level forces by our group enables accurate predictions of various flow properties of interest in simple shear flows. Combined effect of size and density difference on segregation of mixtures are currently being investigated. In addition, efforts to extend the theory for predicting flow and segregation of multi-component mixtures are being pursued.

Quantitative simulations of powders and other bulk solids for existing industrial operations/equipment is another focus area of our research. A systematic approach, utilising direct experimental measurements of particle level properties using table top experiments, image processing as well as those at the level of the bulk material enable determination of various DEM parameters for quantitative simulations and significantly reduce the number of iterations required using the popular trial-and-error method of bulk calibration.


  • Award of Excellence in Ph.D. Thesis in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay for the year 2009-2011.
  • Travel grant award' from American Physical Society-Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS-DFD) for attending 63rd Annual Meeting of APS-DFD 2010 at Longbeach, CA 2010.
  • Best oral presentation award at Research Scholar Symposium 2010, IIT Bombay, Mumbai 2010.
  • Young scientist travel grant from Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Govt. of India for attending the 62nd Annual Meeting of APS-DFD 2009, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Nov. 22-24, 2009.
  • Best oral presentation award at national level conference ChEmference09, IIT Madras, Chennai 2009.


  • Vishnu Kumar Sahu, Soniya Kumawat, Shivani Agarwal and Anurag Tripathi, Particle force-based density segregation theory for multi-component granular mixtures in a periodic chute flow, J. Fluid Mech., 956, A8 (2023).
  • S. Patro, M. Prasad, A. Tripathi, P. Kumar, A. Tripathi, Rheology of two-dimensional granular chute flows at high inertial numbers, Physics of Fluids, 33, 113321 (2021).
  • A. Tripathi, A. Kumar, M. Nema, D. V. Khakhar, A theory for size segregation in flowing granular mixtures based on computation of forces on a single large particle, Physical Review E, 103, L031301 (2021).
  • A. Tripathi, V. Kumar, A. Agarwal, A. Tripathi,S. Basu, A. Chakrabarty, S. Nag, Quantitative DEM simulation of pellet and sinter particles using rolling friction estimated from image analysis, Powder Technology, 380, 288 (2021).
  • A. Agarwal, A. Tripathi, A. Tripathi, V. Kumar, A. Chakrabarty, S. Nag, Rolling friction measurement of slightly non-spherical particles using direct experiments and image analysis, Granular Matter, 23, 60 (2021).
  • K. A. Kumar, D.V. Khakhar, A. Tripathi, Soft Theoretical calculation of the buoyancy force on a particle in flowing granular mixtures, Physical Review E, 100, 042909 (2019).