Research into Multi-scale Examination of MultiPHase physIcs in flowS (MEMPHIS)

A £5m Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Programme Grant has been awarded to harness the synergy between world-leading scientists from four prestigious institutions to carry out the next generation of research into Multi-scale Examination of MultiPHase physIcs in flowS (MEMPHIS).

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They will work together to create the next generation of modelling tools for complex multiphase flows. The research will achieve this goal by exploiting recent developments in parallel computation, being capable of running efficiently on the world’s largest supercomputers using the most sophisticated multi-scale physical models. This framework will offer unprecedented resolution of multiphase flow phenomena. A transparent linkage between model inputs and prediction is a novel component of the unified model, achieved by using systematic approach to identify error-sources and directed model-driven experiments. This will maximise prediction accuracy in a way which has not been done before.


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Fully-adaptive meshing for highly complex multiphase flows involving a dense fluid (red), dropped into a less dense fluid (green) with gas above (blue).


download3 Film thickness with blue and red showing thin and thick regions.


The capabilities of the framework will be demonstrated in two areas of strategic importance to the UK: by providing insights into the manufacture of home and personal care products and catalysts, and reliable prediction of multiphase flow regime transitions in the oil-and-gas industries.


download4 The use of wire-mesh sensors in gas-liquid flows.       

download5 Droplet dynamics in stratifying horizontal gas-liquid flow.




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