Dr. Vorhauer, Nicole

Dr. Nicole Vorhauer

Universitätsplatz 2, 39106, Magdeburg, G10-243
Curriculum Vitae

Research topic

Pore Network Models for Drying: Comparison of the discrete micro models with macro models and experiments


Prof. E. Tsotsas ,  Dr. Marc Prat (Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse)

Academic Background

since 2007 Research assistant and PhD student at the Insitute of Process Engineering, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg
18.09.2018 Defence: Experiment based development of a non-isothermal pore network model with secondary capillary invasion
2018 - 2010 Binational Cotutelle de Thèse in cooperation with Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (Dr. Marc Prat); Support by DFH (Deutsch-Französische Hochschule)
2007 Diploma thesis: Evaluation of the influence of liquid films on the rebound behaviour of elastic plastic granules (Untersuchung des Einflusses von Flüssigkeitsschichten auf das Stoßverhalten elastisch-plastischer Granulate); Supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Heinrich
2007 Student Research Thesis (Studienarbeit): Experimental and model-based evaluation of a novel microseparator concept combining aspects of classical distillation and pervaporation; Supervisor: Prof. Dr .-Ing. Kai Sundmacher (Max-Planck-Institute Magedeburg)
2002-2007 Diploma studies in Process Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg
2002 Abitur of German Secondary School in Gymnasium Burg, Burg.

 Research Interests

  • Drying under non-isothermal conditions
  • Experimental investigation of drying in SiO2 micro models
  • Investigation of capillary liquid films
  • Process design, modelling and simulation with discrete pore network models
  • Parameter extraction from micro models for application in (continuous) macro models
  • Application of percolation theory and scaling laws


- Vorhauer N., Y.J. Wang, R. Kharagani, E. Tsotsas, M. Prat (2015), Drying with formation of capillary rings in a model porous medium, submitted to Transport in Porous Media
- Vorhauer N., E. Tsotsas, M. Prat (2014), Isothermal drying in the presence of capillary liquid films - comparison of experiments with pore network simulations in a model system, IDS 2014, Lyon, France, August 24-27, 2014
- Vorhauer N., Q. T. Tran, T. Metzger, E. Tsotsas and M. Prat (2013), Experimental investigation of drying in a model porous medium: influence of thermal gradients, Drying Technology Journal, 31 (8), 920-929
- Prat M., S. Veran-Tissoires, N. Vorhauer, T. Metzger and E. Tsotsas (2012), Fractal phase distribution and drying: impact on two-phase zone scaling and drying time dependence, Drying Technology Journal, 30 (11-12),1129-1135
- Vorhauer N., T. Metzger and E. Tsotsas (2010), Extraction of effective parameters for continuous drying model from discrete pore network model, Drying 2010, Vol. A, 415-422, Magdeburg, Germany
- Vorhauer N., T. Metzger and E. Tsotsas (2009), Empirical macroscopic model for drying of porous media based on pore networks and scaling theory, Drying Technology Journal, 28 (8), 9911000
- Metzger T., N. Vorhauer and E. Tsotsas (2008), Use of pore networks for macroscopic modelling of drying, Drying 2008, Vol. A, 242-249, Hyderabad, India

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