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2014 has been a year of consolidation and re-organization.

One major step on this road has been the successful application of the K1MET competence center, in which our research group will play a leading role. Here we will build up an application oriented open-source simulation platform, which will enable industrial partner to efficiently harness our model developments.

In 2014 the core developers of LIGGGHTS and CFDEMcoupling – Christoph Kloss and Christoph Goniva – left their academic harbor towards their spin-off company DCS Computing. Now, while it is very rewarding to see academic developments make it to the market, it is a farewell to two brilliant coworkers. With Thomas Lichtenegger we found a really promising successor. Being an excellent (sub auspiciis) physicist he certainly has the capacity and enthusiasm to shape the future of our Rock’n’Roll group!


On 2nd of December 2013 Stefan Pirker was appointed a permanent position as associate University Professor.

On 6th of November the CDLab received an excellent evaluation by Prof. Alfredo Soldati from Udine/Italy.

On 23rd of January 2013 the 'Unirat' established a Johannes Kepler University Department of Particulate Flow Modelling (PartFlowMod, PFM). This department will give a persisting home to our CDLab.


The budget limit for CDLabs (i.e. 600 k€/a) is reached.

Additional research is realized by participating in other funding programs (like COMET, K1MET) or by bilateral industrial projects. In total the research team counts 20 members (6 Post Docs, 10 PhD, 4 additional staff).

The CFDEMproject counts more than 1500 subscribed members from academia and industry. Lectures on LIGGGHTS and CFDEMcoupling attract researchers from five continents.

Christoph Kloss and Christoph Goniva found the spin-off company DCS Computing GmbH focusing on consulting and code maintenance/development.


Plansee and Borealis stepped in.


RHI and Polysius joint the CDLab as additional industrial partners.

The CDLab receives an excellent evaluation by Prof. Hans Kuipers from TU-Einhoven.

Christoph Kloss and Christoph Goniva established an open source platform for high performance scientific computing in fluid mechanics and particle science named CFDEMproject ( with LIGGGHTS and CFDEMcoupling.


After an international evaluation process the CDLab on Particulate Flow Modelling started with three PhD students. Initial research activities have been supported by voestalpine and Siemens VAI.