ChBE Seminar: John Thomas, M-Star Simulations
Speaker: John Thomas, M-Star Simulations
Title: Modeling Transport Processes using Lattice-Boltzmann Algorithms
A new approach for modeling momentum, mass, and heat transport processes through fluid mechanical systems is presented. This approach, which is based on the lattice-Boltzmann method, is three-dimensional, inherently time-accurate and requires no user meshing. After an overview of the underling theory, the applicability of this approach to mixing, blending, and reaction processes is presented. It’s applicability to free surface systems, including vortex formation modeling, sloshing and filling simulations, is also discussed. The scaling performance and CPU requirements, within the context of bio-reactor design and performance modeling, are also presented
John Thomas is the founder of M-Star Simulations and develops modeling tools for predicting transport phenomena inside chemical reactors, agitated tanks, and other fluid handling equipment. Prior to founding M-Star, John worked for five years as a research professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught graduate and undergraduate classes in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In parallel with these teaching responsibilities, John also worked at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory. John holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Georgetown University.