Multiphase flow – i.e. flows in which gases, fluids, or solids exist parallel to one another – are used in many industrial branches where they have an impact on the efficiency and safety of production processes. This includes the generation of power, nuclear technology as well as the food and the chemical industries. Computer simulations are becoming increasingly important in planning plants, optimizing processes, and conducting safety analyses. For simple flows consisting of only one phase, such as gas, so-called CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) programs are already fairly common. They are used, for example, in optimizing the aerodynamic drag of airplanes and cars. When it comes to complex flows consisting of multiple phases, though, there is still considerable need for development. That is why so much research is being conducted at the international level to also develop CFD methods for such flows.
The annual "Multiphase Flow Conference and Short Course," organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the software developer ANSYS, is an important platform to discuss and exchange the latest findings in the field of simulation, experimental research, and the application of multiphase flow. It will be held for the tenth time this year. Conference papers can still be submitted until April 5 (www.multiphase-conference.com/). The conference program also includes a "Short Course" which provides information on current methods for experiments and simulation. It addresses engineers and technicians as well as chemists and physicists.
The HZDR, the conference host, researches the fundamentals of complex multiphase flow. The HZDR scientists have state-of-the-art facilities and develop innovate measurement technology to experimentally examine flows under realistic conditions and, thus, gain data with a very high spatial and temporal resolution. A department that focuses on theory investigates the simulation of flow processes which have relevance for the real world.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Dirk Lucas
Institute of Fluid Dynamics
Phone: +49 351 260-2047
Dr. Christine Bohnet
Phone: +49 351 260-2450 or +49 160 969 288 56
Bautzner Landstr. 400
01328 Dresden, Germany
The long-term objective of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) is to ensure excellence in research in those fields that are of great relevance to our society. That is why the HZDR research focuses on the following topics:
To answer these scientific questions, five large-scale research facilities provide, in part, unique research opportunities. These facilities are also accessible to external users.
The HZDR has been a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest research organization, since January 1, 2011. It has four locations in Dresden, Leipzig, Freiberg, and Grenoble and employs more than 800 people – approx. 400 of whom are scientists including 140 doctoral candidates.
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