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DFG Priority Programme 1506: Transport Processes at Fluidic Interfaces


The second phase of this Priority Programm has started in May 2013
Abstract
In multiphase flow systems there are several physico-chemical processes that determine the systems' behaviour, e.g., the fluid dynamics in the different fluids and the dynamics of the interfaces, heat and masstransport between the fluids, adsorption effects at the interface and transport of species on the interface, variable interface properties, phase changes. In general these processes are strongly coupled and properties of the interface play a crucial role. A rigorous understanding of the behaviour of such very complex flow problems must be based on physically sound mathematical models accounting especially for local processes at the interface.


The aim of this Priority Programme is to further develop and expand such models, to analyze their mathematical properties and to develop and advance numerical methods for the rigorous simulation of these models. The realization of this requires interdisciplinary research with expertise from Applied Analysis, Numerical Mathematics, Interface Physics and Chemistry as well as relevant research areas in the Engineering Sciences. Important goals of the Priority Programme are:
  • derive and expand mathematical models that describe relevant physico-chemical interface phenomena. Improve and deepen the understanding of mechanisms and phenomena occuring at fluidic interfaces by means of rigorous mathematical analysis of the underlying pde-systems.
  • development and analysis of numerical methods for the simulation of multiphase flow problems which resolve the local processes at the interface.
  • validation of the models and the numerical simulation methods by means of specifically designed experiments.

A long-term vision is that the validated models and simulation tools developed in the Priority Programme induce significant advances in future high-tech applications in, for example, lab-on-a-chip systems, multiphase reactors in chemical engineering and micro process engineering.