Seminar - “Insights into Multiphase Flows in Porous Media from Direct Numerical Simulations” by Orest Shardt, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Complex Fluids Group, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Friday, January 22, 2016 1:45 pm - 1:45 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

ABSTRACT:  Lattice Boltzmann methods, due to their amenability to parallelization and ability to handle geometrically complex boundaries, are appealing for simulating flows with particles, droplets, and bubbles when experimental observations and manipulations are not possible. This talk will present recent advances in the use of these methods for simulating droplet coalescence and particle motion in confined geometries. It will also examine the development of methods that model key physicochemical phenomena to provide new insights into multiphase transport phenomena in porous media.

Bio-sketch:  Dr. Orest Shardt is an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. He received his BSc (2010) and PhD (2014) degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. His research interests involve multiphase flows in porous media and interfacial phenomena, such as Marangoni flows, capillarity, wetting, and electrokinetics. To provide insights about these flow and interfacial phenomena, Dr. Shardt often uses lattice Boltzmann simulation methods running on high performance parallel computing platforms, such as graphics processing units.