The computational power available now for mathematical modeling and simulation raises the possibility that modern numerical methods can play a significant role in the analysis of complex particulate flows. Such flows naturally occur in astrophysics and geophysics; powder processing pharmaceutical industries; bio-, micro- and nanotechnologies; and applications arising from the study of spray processes involving aerosols, sputtering, and epitaxy. This advanced introduction focuses on basic models and physically-based computational solution strategies for the direct and rapid simulation of flowing particulate media. The book will be welcomed by computational scientists, numerical analysts, and applied mathematicians and will be of interest to civil and mechanical engineers and materials scientists. It is also suitable for first-year graduate students in the applied sciences, engineering, and applied mathematics who have an interest in the computational analysis of complex particulate flows.
The author is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley. He has received the Zienkiewicz Prize and Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers in London, the Emerald Literati Club's Best Paper of the Year Award of 2001, and the Junior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Mechanics. His main research interests are in modeling and simulation of micro-macro 'multiscale' systems.