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Multiphase Science and Technology
SJR: 0.124 SNIP: 0.222 CiteScore™: 0.26

ISSN Imprimer: 0276-1459
ISSN En ligne: 1943-6181

Multiphase Science and Technology

DOI: 10.1615/MultScienTechn.v15.i1-4.60
pages 57-76

ON THE PREDICTION OF FLOW PATTERNS AS A PRINCIPAL SCIENTIFIC ISSUE IN MULTIFLUID FLOW

Theo G. Theofanous
Center for Risk Studies and Safety, University of California, Santa Barbara, 6740 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA-93117, California, USA
True-Nam Dinh
Center for Risk Studies and Safety, University of California, Santa Barbara, 6740 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA-93117, California, USA; and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm S-10044, Sweden USA

RÉSUMÉ

This article discusses multiphase flow as one of a general class of "complex" systems which occur in nature. A system is defined as complex when its behaviour cannot be explained (and predicted) based on an understanding of its component parts. The concept is illustrated by considering examples including boiling, droplet breakup and mixing processes between a hot molten material and a hot fluid. Methods of addressing such complex systems using multi-scale computational models are discussed.


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