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In 2014 the core developers of LIGGGHTS and CFDEMcoupling – Christoph Kloss and Christoph Goniva – left their academic harbor towards their spin-off company. Being the first PhD students of our CDLab, those two build up our Rock’n’Roll group, which experienced exciting international success. Now, while it is very rewarding to see academic developments make it to the market, it is a farewell to two brilliant coworkers.

In order to guarantee continuous prospering of our Rock’n’Roll group we jointly discussed how to carefully develop research in the future. We agreed that our academic research group will focus on model development in the field of fluid-particle interaction. Here we will explore possibilities of multi-scale CFD-DEM simulations. In doing that we will stick to our fundamental three-fold investigation approach comprising analytical considerations, numerical simulations and experimental measurements.

Obviously, these are big footsteps for a Rock’n’Roll successor to follow. With Thomas Lichtenegger we found a really promising candidate. Being an excellent (sub auspiciis) physicist he certainly has the capacity and enthusiasm to shape the future of our Rock’n’Roll group!

(Stefan Pirker, Thomas Lichtenegger)