Prof. Schmidt studies sprays and multiphase
flow. This work is motivated by the need to reduce pollution from
gasoline, diesel, and aircraft engines. With the right spray,
an engine can often produce less emissions and maintain good fuel
economy. Prof. Schmidt's research program uses advanced computational
techniques to predict what a spray will do in an engine. His group
works on new models to simulate droplet breakup, collision, evaporation,
and turbulent dispersion. These new models then find their way
into corporate research programs, commerical simulation codes,
and other academic investigations. The end result is better, cleaner,
Below is a computation of an airblast spray.
The spray droplets are colored by their radius. This computation
was done in collaboration between Fluent Inc., Convergent Thinking
LLC, and an aircraft engine manufacturer. The computations wereperformed
using a specially modified version of Fluent 5.