Tag: CoMFRE

Applying mechanical engineering to pharmaceutical research

Conducting research within the field of pharmaceuticals might be the last place you’d expect to find a mechanical engineer but Michael Olsen would prove you wrong. Olsen, a professor of mechanical engineering (ME) at Iowa State University, is getting ready to begin his newest research project with his colleague Dennis Vigil, professor of chemical and … Continue reading Applying mechanical engineering to pharmaceutical research

Mechanical engineering researchers develop new approach for additive manufacturing

A team of mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University have developed what they hope can become a new, more efficient method for 3D printing of complex CAD models. Adarsh Krishnamurthy, associate professor of mechanical engineering (ME), is leading the effort with support from ME students Sambit Ghadai and Anushrut Jignasu. The findings from their … Continue reading Mechanical engineering researchers develop new approach for additive manufacturing

CoMFRE tackling a vexing droplet research issue with newly designed apparatus

“Predicting breakup is hard to do.” Those are the words of Professor R. Dennis Vigil, an Iowa State University chemical engineering professor. What he’s talking about is the understanding of a vexing research issue: How immiscible droplets of liquid suspended in another liquid (think oil and water) break apart when agitated. It is this knowledge that … Continue reading CoMFRE tackling a vexing droplet research issue with newly designed apparatus

Using computer simulations to improve clean energy generation

As the damaging effects of climate change become more apparent, researchers are studying ways to generate energy with minimal impact on the environment. Computer simulations could be the key to making this process more efficient. Shankar Subramaniam, a professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), is the principal investigator (PI) on a project … Continue reading Using computer simulations to improve clean energy generation

Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project

Even though the Cyclones and Hawkeyes often duke it out on the field, court and mat, researchers from the two universities have come together to collaborate on a Department of Defense-funded project. The project, titled “3D-Printed, Hierarchical Polymer-Bonded Energetic Composites with Electromagnetically Switchable Porosity,” is being led by principal investigator (PI) Xuan “Sean” Song, assistant … Continue reading Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project

OpenQBMM software simulates multiphase flow behavior

Alberto Passalacqua, associate professor of mechanical engineering and associate director of the Center for Multiphase Flow Research and Education (CoMFRE), is leading the development of the software OpenQBMM at Iowa State.    OpenQBMM is an open-source multiphase flow computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software designed to simulate the behavior of flows with particles, bubbles, or droplets. … Continue reading OpenQBMM software simulates multiphase flow behavior