Antonio Acosta Iborra

Contact information
Office: 1.1.D.14
Phone: +34 916248465

Degree in Industrial Engineering (5 years program), with intensification in Mechanics: Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), 2000.
Research Fellowship: Department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering, UC3M, 2000.
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Organization: UC3M, 2004.
Currently: lecturer (Profesor Titular) and researcher at the Department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering, UC3M.

I have always been fascinated by the complexities and richness of heat and mass transfer processes, in single and multiphase flows. It is a real challenge to understand nature by creating physical and mathematical models (analytically or numerically), as well as experiments, that can be useful for solving and optimising real engineering problems. As my research interests evolve over time, here are only mentioned the most recent and important ones (the order is arbitrary):

– Thermal analysis and simulation of external receivers and molten salt flows in solar power towers.
– Simulation of gas-solids fluidized beds using both Eulerian-Eulerian two fluid models and Lagrangian-Eulerian discrete particle models.
– New methods of experimental data analysis and coupling with simulation results of fluidized beds to improve understanding and model validation of granular flows.
– Simulation of heat and mass transfer in absorption refrigeration and other gas-liquid mixtures.
– Analytical methods in fin heat transfer.
– Digital Image Analysis (DIA) and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) applied to two-fluid flows.


C. Sobrino, A. Acosta-Iborra, M.A. Izquierdo-Barrientos, M. de Vega, 2015, Three-dimensional two-fluid modeling of a cylindrical fluidized bed and validation of the Maximum Entropy method to determine bubble properties. Chem. Eng. J. 262, 628-639 (doi:10.1016/j.cej.2014.10.014).

María Reyes Rodríguez-Sánchez, Carolina Marugan-Cruz, Antonio Acosta-Iborra, Domingo Santana, 2014, Comparison of simplified heat transfer models and CFD simulations for molten salt external receiver. Appl.Therm. Eng. 73(1), 993-1005 (doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2014.08.072).

F. Hernández-Jiménez, L.M. García-Gutiérrez, A. Soria-Verdugo, A. Acosta-Iborra, 2015, Fully coupled TFM-DEM simulations to study the motion of fuel particles in a fluidized bed. Chem. Eng. Sci. 134, 57-66 (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2015.04.028).

E. Cano-Pleite, F. Hernández-Jiménez, A. Acosta-Iborra, 2015, Compressible-gas two-fluid modeling of isolated bubbles in a vertically vibrated fluidized bed and comparison with experiments. Chem. Eng. J. 271, 287-299 (doi:10.1016/j.cej.2015.02.096).

E. Cano-Pleite, F. Hernández-Jiménez, M. de Vega, A. Acosta-Iborra, 2014, Experimental study on the motion of isolated bubbles in a vertically vibrated fluidized bed. Chem. Eng. J. 255, 114-125 (doi:10.1016/j.cej.2014.06.016).

F. Hernández-Jiménez, T. Li, E. Cano-Pleite, W. Rogers, A. Acosta-Iborra, 2014, Characterization of the particle–wall frictional forces in pseudo-2D fluidized beds using DEM. Chem. Eng. Sci. 116, 136-143 (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2014.04.033).

M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, Antonio Soria-Verdugo, José Antonio Almendros-Ibáñez, Antonio Acosta-Iborra, Domingo Santana, 2014, Thermal design guidelines of solar power towers. Appl.Therm. Eng. 63(1) 428-438 (doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2013.11.014).

Lecturer of several courses in the Department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering UC3M, including Heat Transfer, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Engineering and Applied Thermodynamics.