CEE Seminar Cutting-edge multi-scale computational tools to foster scientific discoveries in heterogeneous porous media

Jan 20

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Friday, January 20, 2023 – 12:00PM to 1:00PM


Pania Newell, Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering The University of Utah

Porous materials play a significant role in modern life from engineering and sciences to medicine and health. Even though, we are surrounded by natural and man-made porous materials, a fundamental understanding of the complex physics and behavior of many porous structures remains unknown. This lack of knowledge is mainly due to their complex, heterogeneous structures and limited experimental capabilities to capture their behaviors across multiple temporal and spatial scales. In this talk, I will begin by providing an overview of porous materials and their substantial role in engineering and scientific communities. I will then discuss some of our recent efforts in developing novel multiscale numerical tools combined with phase-filed fracture method as well as a newly developed asymptotic homogenization method to capture effective properties of porous media subjected to multi-physics processes. I will conclude the talk by how we can accelerate scientific discoveries in porous media by integrating novel numerical tools and advanced experimental capabilities.