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Applied Physics

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The Applied Physics Group draws on a wide range of disciplines and expertise in tackling industrial, biological, computational and fundamental flow problems. Current research includes computational modelling of particulate and fluid systems, the application of nuclear imaging modalities like positron emission particle tracking (PEPT), X-ray and neutrons for in-situ visualisation of complex fluid and and particulate flows and mechanistic modelling of industrial systems. Problems tackled with these techniques include flow of charge particles in mineral systems, deformation of the human pharyngeal airway during episodes of obstructive sleep apnea, and general extension of the imaging and numerical techniques.


Research Staff

Dr Indresan Govender
Dr Gary Tupper
Assoc. Prof Andy Buffler
Dr Max Richter


A parallel plate scanner was recently installed at PEPT Cape Town, iThemba LABS.