University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Spring 2000 Seminar Series

Computer Simulation of Suspensions: A New Tool for MultiphaseFlow Research

Prof. John Brady

Department of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology


Computer simulation of multiphase flows has grown dramatically in the last decade. Problems as diverse as the Brownian motion of small colloidal particles, the rheology of dense suspensions and emulsions, and the dynamics of bubbly liquids have been addressed by dynamic simulation. This lecture will trace the development of the methodologies used to simulate multiphase, particulate systems. A central feature in these problems is to properly account for the hydrodynamic interactions among particles, which has been accomplished rigorously and successfully in the case of small particle Reynolds numbers and in the limit of inviscid flow at high Reynolds numbers. Examples showing how hydrodynamic forces influence suspension structure and determine macroscopic behavior in these systems will be given. Current efforts at extending the range of Reynolds numbers and the problems that can be addressed will also be discussed.

Friday, April 14, 2000
209 Akerman Hall
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Refreshments served after the seminar in 227 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
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