“Multiscale Modeling of Suspension Flows”
Dr. Marc Ingber, University of New Mexico
The analysis of particles suspended in nonlinear, viscous shear flows is playing an increasingly important and often critical role in a number of developing technologies, including composite and ceramic processing, encapsulation of electronic components, secondary oil recovery by hydraulic fracturing, carbon-dioxide sequestration and the transport of sediments, contaminants and slurries. A common outstanding fundamental research issue associated with the technologies listed above is the development of the relationship between microstructural interactions and macroscopic behavior. Linking recent progress in molecular- and nano-scale science to progress in the ability to accurately model suspension flows at the macroscale is an important scientific challenge. A multidisciplinary research program including experiment, analysis and high-performance computing has been undertaken with the end goal of developing a reliable rheological model to allow engineers and scientists to design efficient processes for this important class of problems.
Dr. Ingber holds a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from the University of Michigan. In addition to industrial experience at the Boeing Co., he has 24 years of academic experience at Iowa State University and the University of New Mexico, where his research and teaching interests have spanned fluid mechanics, materials, design, numerical methods and high-performance computing. A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, he is currently on loan to the National Science Foundation, where he is serving as a program director in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division.