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Welcome to the Apte Research Group and the Computational Flow Physics Laboratory in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. This group is directed by Dr. Sourabh V. Apte. Our primary research focus is on the fundamental analysis of fluid flow problems using multiscale modeling and numerical simulations. We use techniques such as direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large-eddy simulation (LES) for fundamental study of turbulent flows. Specifically, we are interested in multiphase turbulent flows wherein solid particulates, liquid drops, or vapor bubbles are dispersed in an ambient fluid (gas or liquid) undergoing time-dependent, often turbulent, motion.

We develop advanced numerical algorithms for DNS or LES of two-phase flows and apply them to gain understanding of fluid flows as well as to predict complex flows in practical engineering systems. These studies involve high-performance parallel computations. Our techniques and algorithms are applicable to a range of practical problems involving sprays and spray systems, cavitating and bubbly flows, fluidized beds and reactors, sediment transport in river and coastal regions, dispersion of pathogens by ventilation systems and clean/operating rooms, turbulent and inertial flows in porous media, multiphase flows, among others.

We actively seek graduate and undergraduate students to work in our group (see Open Positions). OSU Honors College students are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Apte for UHC theses topics.

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