Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Candidate Seminar


Computational prediction of interfacial physics: implications and applications


Dr. Miad Yazdani


United Technologies Research Center


Monday, March 11, 2019 at 11:00:00 AM


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Dr. Peter Loutzenhiser


Thanks to ubiquitous availability of high-performance computing (HPC), there is an increasing demand towards developing numerical models and methods for simulation of multiphysics problems. This presentation provides a brief overview of some of the innovative ways to achieve predictivity with practical relevance in the context of high-fidelity computational physics. The core of the presentation will be on the development of a physical and computational framework towards high-fidelity simulation of icing and frosting. This framework consists of a suit of physical and analytical models from sub-micro scale of the nucleation to the macro-scale of dendritic crystal growth and frost aggregation along with a novel asynchronous process to capture the interactions therein. The ability to characterize the physics of freezing and the degree of details for the physical insights give rise to mitigation concepts that would not be developed otherwise. Towards the end, a synopsis of other capabilities, particularly pertinent to phase change heat transfer will be presented as well. These examples are the precursors to a grander vision toward transforming the paradigm for computational physics from “analysis tools” to “discovery channels”. In this paradigm, computational models will serve as the primary vehicle for providing in-depth physical insight into complex multiphysics of problems across different disciplines and will offer rigorous approach towards next-generation concept exploration and architecture refinement through physics-based innovations.


Miad Yazdani is an Associate Director at United Technologies Research Center. He received his Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 2010 and joined UTRC as a Senior Researcher. His particular expertise is in numerical model development for multiphase and multiphysics phenomena. Along with numerous journal and patent publications, he is the recipient of Technical Excellence Award in 2016 from UTC Corporate which is awarded to one distinguished researcher for breakthrough research accomplishment. He was also a nominee for MIT Technology Review “35 under 35 innovators” (2017).


Refreshments will be served.