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CNA Seminar/Colloquium/Joint Pitt-CNA Colloquium
Mehrdad Massoudi
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Title: A mixture theory formulation for solids transport

Abstract: In this presentation, we discuss the importance of constitutive modeling of the stress tensors in certain engineering applications, such as solids transport in energy related problems or blood flow in biomechanics applications. To study this problem, we first give a brief account of the formulation of a two-component mixture based on the theory proposed by Massoudi, Rajagopal and co-workers. The mixture consists of a linearly viscous fluid infused with solid particles. The solids particles are modeled as a granular media and it is assumed that the mixture is dense enough so that we can use the theory of interacting continua. The subsequent boundary value problem, flow between two flat plates, is then solved numerically and results for various dimensionless numbers are presented for velocities and volume fraction profiles. The engineering quantities of interests discussed are related to the pressure drop and skin friction at the walls.

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Wean Hall 7218
Submitted by:  Ian Tice