lattice-Boltzmann method has become a widely used tool
modeling in porous materials because of its easy implementation in
complex geometries and its ability to capture inertial effects.
We are working with a number of collaborators who have
expertise in this area. The LBM simulations are being
used to help validate the approximate solutions that are
employed in network modeling.
The larger image on the right is a map of the magnitude of the velocity
field in a
small packed bed. Also shown is a tetrahedral pore from this packing
(see network generation techniques) and the velocity field projected onto its face. Quantitative analysis of the
flow profiles are being used to validate and improve network modeling algorithms. The LBM
solution shown here was provided courtesy of Prof. Tony Ladd,
University of Florida.