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MICDE / ME Seminar: Olivier Desjardins, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University

October 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue: 1109 FXB

Olivier Desjardins

Bio: Olivier Desjardins is a Professor at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. He joined the Cornell MAE faculty in July 2011. Prior to that, he was on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from ENSAE (Supaero) in Toulouse, France, in 2004. The same year, he received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, then in 2008 he obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2014 to work on turbulence modeling around liquid-gas interfaces, and he was presented with the Junior Award from the International Conference on Multiphase Flow in 2016.

Research Interests: Prof. Desjardins’ research focuses on large-scale numerical modeling of turbulent reacting multiphase flows with industrial application. Using world-class parallel computers, his group develops numerical methods and models to investigate the multi-scale and multi-physics fluid mechanics problems that arise in a range of engineering devices, such as combustors or biomass reactors.

High-fidelity computational techniques such as large-eddy simulations and direct numerical simulations are at the heart of Dr. Desjardins’ research. By enabling the exploration of complex non-linear flow physics from first principles, these techniques have the potential to guide the development of highly optimized energy and propulsion systems.

Multi-scale modeling of topology change in multiphase flow simulations

Liquid atomization and spray formation are ubiquitous processes in nature as well as engineered system. Predicting droplet size distributions from first principle simulations presents a fantastic challenge due to the wide range of scales involved in topology change. In this talk, we present new developments to the geometric volume of fluid method that enable the tracking of sub-grid scale interfacial features. By reconstructing the interface with multiple planar surfaces or with paraboloid surfaces, we show that ligaments and sheets can be represented accurately independently of mesh resolution while preserving exact conservation, good computational efficiency, and easy integration with finite-volume-based flow solvers. A consequence of such strategies is that lack of mesh resolution no longer induces topology change, which then needs to be reintroduced explicitly using physics-based models. We discuss various flavors of such models in the context of the break-up of thin liquid films, a common feature in aerodynamic liquid atomization.



The MICDE Fall 2023 Seminar Series is open to all. University of Michigan faculty and students interested in predicting and explaining the properties of materials using computer simulation are encouraged to attend.

This seminar is cohosted by the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering (MICDE) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME). Prof. Desjardins will be hosted by Dr. Jesse Capecelatro, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

This is an in-person event.

Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering, and MICDE fellows, please use this form to record your attendance.

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October 2
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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1109 FXB
1320 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI United States