Anthony Thornton works jointly between the Multi-scale Mechanics (MSM) and Mathematics of Computational Science (MaCS) groups.
His main research interest is in granular materials, primarily size segregation in dense granular avalanche flows. During this research a continuum model of size segregation for dense granular free surface flows was developed and compared to simple laboratory experiments.
Current research focus is now on using this model and particle simulation methods to explain phenomena caused by segregation. These include pattern formation in rotation drums, levee formation in geophysical flows, particle size structure of a flowing finite mass of material in avalanches and axial segregation in long rotating cylinders.