Multi-phase Flow Simulation Laboratory

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

People

Faculty


 

Dr. David P. Schmidt

Professor
210 B, Marston Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-2210,
Phone: (413) 545-1393
Fax: (413) 545-1027
Email: schmidt at ecs dot umass dot edu

 

Post Doctoral Research Associates


Yue Wang 

212, Marston Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-2210,
Phone: (413) 545-4267
Email: yuewang05 at gmail dot com
Research Interests: I am interested in exploring the physics of fluid flow in nature and applying the knowledge of thermo-fluid mechanics to engineering problems. I use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as analytical tools to improve existing numerical models and develop new ones. I currently work with Prof. Schmidt on liquid-gas two-phase flows, specifically, fuel injection processes in automotive Internal Combustion Engines.
 

Doctoral Candidates


Sampath Rachakonda

212, Marston Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-2210,
Phone: (413) 545-4267
Email: srachakonda at umass dot edu
Research Interests: My research involves the study of mathematical and modeling aspects of multiphase fluid phenomena. My current focus is on the modeling of superheated liquid jet atomization (flash boiling) and its impact on the generated spray. On the sidelines, my other interests include implementing and developing mathematical models for multiphase CFD applications in industrial and biomedical engineering.
 

Kyle G. Mooney

212, Marston Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-2210,
Phone: (413) 545-4267
Email: kyle dot g dot mooney at gmail dot com
Research Interests : My research revolves around multiphase computational fluid dynamics with a focus on small scale phenomenon where surface tension forces are non-negligible.  In order to study these flows I employ different approaches to accurately capture surface-tension effects such explicit moving mesh interface tracking or dynamically balanced adaptive Cartesian grids.  Using these tools I'm investigating specifically the effect of non-Newtonian and viscoelastic rheological effects on spray droplet dynamics including aerodynamic breakup and collisions.
 
I've been an avid user and developer of the open source computational continuum dynamics library OpenFOAM® for many years and have applied it to various CFD sub-disciplines.  Between activity on online forums and helping to organize the 1st New England OpenFOAM Users Group Meeting I do my best to stay active in the ever growing and welcoming open source CFD community.  
 

Maija A. Benitz

212, Marston Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-2210,
Phone: (413) 545-4267
Email: mbenitz at engin dot umass dot edu
Research Interests : My research focuses on the hydrodynamics of floating platforms for offshore wind turbines. I use a Volume of Fluid method to simulate floating platforms in waves and current, in an effort to examine the motions and loading on the structures in the ocean environment. The work is part of a larger effort to validate and improve the hydrodynamics module of FAST, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's wind turbine computed-aided engineering tool.
 

Eli Baldwin

212, Marston Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-2210,
Phone: (413) 545-4267
Email:  ebaldwin at engin dot umass dot edu
Research Interests : I study computational modeling of the primary break up of liquid sprays. My focus has been on the improvement and validation of a compressible, Eulerian, two-phase solver that models atomization as turbulent mixing of a liquid jet and an ambient gas. This solver shows great promise, and thus far it has been used to accurately model the internal flow in a gas-centered swirl-coaxial injector from a rocket nozzle, as well as the primary atomization of a jet under diesel conditions.
 

Masters Candidates


Maryam Moulai

212, Marston Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-2210,
Phone: (413) 545-4267
Email:  mmoulai at engin dot umass dot edu
Research Interests : Eulerian, homogeneous simulation of sprays and cavitation, using a relaxation model for phase change. 
 

Undergraduate Students


Adil Haque

212, Marston Hall
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-2210,
Phone: (413) 545-4267
Email:  adil at umass dot edu