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



This year, as the final year of Multi-scale Examination of MultiPHase physIcs in flowS (Memphis), we celebrate and showcase our success from the past 4-5 years. The showcase will be held at Imperial College and will feature presentations by industrialists (P&G and BP) and academics / researchers (from ICL, UoB, UoN, and UCL) and cover the remarkable output from the Memphis Programme and the technical innovations it has generated for industry.

Although some advances have been made in the numerical methods used to simulate multiphase flows, there remains a large gap between what is achievable computationally and ‘real-life’ systems; the latter are beyond what can be addressed with current methods. We will present the latest on the modelling framework in terms of what has been developed and what we are currently developing within the Memphis programme that will enable the use of numerical simulations as a reliable design tool.

The framework features front-tracking/level-set hybrids, interface-capturing methods, three-dimensional adaptive, unstructured meshes, and sophisticated multi-scale, multi-physics models. The codes are parallelised and can run on various platforms: from laptops to supercomputers (and have been demonstrated to scale well on over 260,000 threads).

This allows the user the flexibility to choose between a quick ‘answer’ with a degree of uncertainty common to engineering applications; or, a high-fidelity solution, for targeted cases, that requires more time. The codes also have built-in, user-friendly meshing capabilities that allow rapid construction of complex geometries.


Draft Programme of Events:

DAY 1: Roderic Hill room 333, LT3

09:30          Tea / Coffee (building 16, Senior Common Room)

10:00          Introductions and opening remarks by Professor Omar Matar

10:15          BP guest speaker Dr Tim Lockett - Industrial needs from O&G perspective (tbc)

10:45          Memphis talk 1 – Interfacial phenomena across scales in lie-liq flows

11:15           Tea break

11:30          P&G guest speaker Dr Hua Hu - Industrial needs from FMCG perspective

12:00          Memphis talk 2 – Large scale two phase flows / BBLIF

12:30         Lunch (building 16, Senior Common Room)

14:00          Guest speaker 3 tbc

14:30          Memphis talk 3 – Multiphase flow micron to millimetre scale, drop / jet manipulation

15:00         Tea break

15:15          Guest speaker 4 tbc

16:15         Memphis talk 4 – Modelling and simulation tools for complex multiphase flows

16:45         Summary of Day 1 by Professor Omar Matar

17:00         End of Day 1

18:00pm Dinner (Queen Tower Rooms - Below building 22)

DAY 2: Roderic Hill CPSE room C615

09:30          Tea/Coffee

10:00          Format of day 2 by Professor Omar Matar – Breakout sessions organised

10:10           Breakout sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4 (demo of coalescence & breakage, effect of soluble surfactant on drop formation & coalescence, demo of 2-phase flow/ measurement techniques, Blue: a CFD-based design tool for industry)

12:30          Lunch

14:00         Recap of breakout sessions: reconvene in C615

15:00         Closing remarks by Prof Omar Matar

15:30         End of Day 2



  • Tim Lockett, BP
  • Hua Hu, P&G


Conference attendance:

If you are interested in attending this event please email Huma Lateef, Places are limited so attendance can not be guaranteed.



Imperial College London
Department of Chemical Engineering, (building 8, 9, and 16 on campus map)
South Kensington


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