Complex Fluid Systems

Faculty Contact: Professor Daniel Attinger

The complex fluid systems program investigates non-Newtonian, multiphase, turbulent, and/or chemically reacting flows over multiple length and time scales. We develop unique experimental and computational techniques that advance our understanding of fluid flow phenomena and enable engineering applications, including fuel and chemical production; biomass transport; particle dispersion; and heat exchangers in evaporators, boilers, and condensers. The efforts of this program pioneer new theories and models of complex fluid processes and validate these processes through novel experimental techniques and exploration tools.

Associated Faculty

Asjes small

David Asjes

Control theory, optimal and robust control; multi-disciplinary design optimization; aeroservoelastic
modeling, characterization and control
Personal Page

Daniel Attinger

Attinger’s Lab
Micro and Nanofluidics, Convective Heat Transfer, Single Droplet/Bubble Dynamics, Multiscale Transfer Phenomena for Energy and Forensics Applications
Personal Page

Bai-small

Xianglan Bai

Thermochemical conversion of biomass (fast pyrolysis & solvolysis), Utilization of waste materials, Biofuels and biobased products
Personal Page

balasubramanian

Ganesh Balasubramanian

Laboratory for Computational Nanoscience in Mechanics
Nanoscale transport phenomena,  surface modifications through photoswitchable polymers,  development and implementation of multiscale computation techniques,  improving performance of thermoelectric materials,  predicting mechanical properties of soft matter and synthetic (bio)materials,  identifying potential long-term thermal storage materials and the related mechanisms
Personal Page

Robert C. Brown

Director, Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies
Gasification, Fast Pyrolysis, Bio-oil to fuels, Catalysis, Biocatalysis, Torrefaction of biomass, Biochar production for agronomic applications and carbon sequestration nutrient recycling between production agriculture and biofuels manufacturing
Personal Page

bryden

Mark Bryden

Virtual Reality Applications Center
Development of the computational tools, algorithms, understandings, and strategies needed to analyze, understand, create, design, and build complex engineered, natural, or human system.
Personal Page

Jonathan Claussen

Biosensors (Electrochemical & Optical), Bio-Integrated Electronics, BioMEMS and BioNEMS, Micro/Nanoscale Propulsion, Carbon Nanomaterial Growth (Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes, Nanomanufacturing / Materials Printing, Quantum Dots / Carbon Dots, Mass Transport / Fluid Dynamics
Personal Page

Feve small

Sebastien Feve

Engineering Education, Certified Solidworks Professional, International & Study Abroad Opportunities
Personal Page

Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

Computational Physics and Mechanics Laboratory
Computational physics, computational mechanics (fluid mechanics and heat transfer), stochastic analysis, uncertainty quantification and propagation, multiscale modeling, control and optimization of complex systems, materials-by-design, and parallel computing and inverse problems.
Personal Page

hagge

Matt Hagge

Computational modeling, wood, combustion, pyrolysis, thermodynamics, and visualization of bloodstain pattern analysis
Personal Page

Nastaran Hashemi

Hashemi Lab
Microfluidics, Biosensors, Optofluidics, Bio-N/MEMS: Design, Modeling, and Fabrication, Diagnostics and Therapeutics, Physics of Micro/Nanoscale Phenomena, Nonlinear Dynamics
Personal Page

Ted Heindel

Experimental Multiphase Flow Laboratory
The Experimental Multiphase Flow Laboratory investigates hydrodynamics and mixing in gas-liquid, gas-solid, and gas-liquid-solid systems using X-ray flow visualization techniques, as well as gas-liquid mass transfer.
Personal Page

Hsu small

Ming-Chen Hsu

Fluid–Structure Interaction, Computational Mechanics, Wind Energy Applications, Biomedical Engineering, Isogeometric Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics
Personal Page

Atul Kelkar

Control theory, robust and nonlinear control, acoustic noise control, vibration control, flexible multibody dynamics, integrated design via multi-objective optimization, robotics, neural networks
Personal Page

Song-Charng Kong

Engine Laboratory
Clean Energy Technology, Biofuel Research
Personal Page

wright-crop

Mark Mba Wright

Energy Systems Analysis, Biomass Conversion Technologies
Personal Page

Terry Meyer

Biorenewable Fuels and Combustion Laboratory
Laser imaging and spectroscopy for multiphase reacting flows, combustion, and nanoenergetics. Development and utilization of biorenewable fuels, biomass pyrolysis, and biopower. Power and propulsion, gas-turbines, scramjets, hypersonic vehicles, and internal combustion engines
Personal Page

olsen

Mike Olsen

Experimental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Microelectromechanical Systems
Personal Page

passalacqua-crop

Alberto Passalacqua

Multiphase fluid dynamics, Fluid particle flows, Quadrature-based moment methods, Uncertainty quantification, Computational fluid dynamics, Numerical methods for computational fluid dynamics, Development of open-source tools for computational fluid dynamics

Personal Page

Sippel small

Travis Sippel

Multiphase combustion of propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics, combustion synthesis, metal combustion, novel uses of energetic materials, combustion diagnostics, nanoscale material synthesis/characterization, and colloid/surface forces
Personal Page

Shankar Subramaniam

Spray modeling, Modeling and simulation of gas-particle flows, granular flows, Combustion, Turbulent reactive flows, Mixing, Stochastic models, particle methods, Computational fluid dynamics
Personal Page

Wang small

Xinwei Wang

Director, Micro/Nanoscale Thermal Science Laboratory

Physical phenomena in laser-material interaction, near-field physics: modeling and nanoscale probing, thermal transport in low-dimensional materials, energy transport in bio-materials (protein and DNA), dynamic structure sensing

Personal Page