The History of Multiphase Science and Computational Fluid Dynamics : A Personal Memoir

This book tells the story of how the science of computational multiphase flow began in an effort to better analyze hypothetical light water power reactor accidents, including the “loss of coolant” accident. Written in the style of a memoir by an author with 40 years’ engineering research experience...

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Main Author: Lyczkowski, Robert W.
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Cham Springer International Publishing 2018, 2018
Edition:1st ed. 2018
Series:Mechanical Engineering Series
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:This book tells the story of how the science of computational multiphase flow began in an effort to better analyze hypothetical light water power reactor accidents, including the “loss of coolant” accident. Written in the style of a memoir by an author with 40 years’ engineering research experience in computer modeling of fluidized beds and slurries, multiphase computational fluid dynamics, and multiphase flow, most recently at Argonne National Laboratory, the book traces how this new science developed during this time into RELAP5 and other computer programs to encompass realistic descriptions of phenomena ranging from fluidized beds for energy and chemicals production, slurry transport, pyroclastic flow from volcanoes, hemodynamics of blood-borne cells, and flow of granular particulates. Such descriptions are not possible using the classical single-phase Navier-Stokes equations.
Imparts a personal narrative tracing the critical events in the initiation, development, and propagation of multiphase science and computational fluid dynamics in its historical context; Reveals the amazing chain of incidents and coincidences but for which multiphase science and computational fluid dynamics would never have evolved; Presents in narrative form many facets of multiphase science (MPS), including  sand grains, bubbles, and water droplets and how MPS differs from single-phase science; Describes the development of what came to be called the seriated loop (SLOOP) code, intend ed to replace the RELAP4 code, used to perform safety studies for and to license nuclear reactors  and the politics of science that led to its demise. 
Whereas many books on computational techniques and computational fluid dynamics have appeared, they do not trace the historical development of the science in any detail, and none touch on the beginnings of multiphase science. A robust, process-rich account of technologic evolution, the book is ideal for students and practitioners of mechanical, chemical, nuclear engineering, and the history of science and technology.
Physical Description:XVII, 334 p. 19 illus., 4 illus. in color online resource
ISBN:9783319665023