Department of Mechanical Engineering
Turbidity Current Simulation
The image shows a high-resolution, direct numerical simulation of a turbidity current in the lock-exchange configuration flowing over a gaussian bump. The top surface is an iso-contour of the particle concentration colored by the velocity magnitude, the middle plane is colored by the shear stress and the bottom surface height and color represent the deposit profile.
Research DescriptionProfessor Meiburg's research interests lie in the general area of fluid dynamics and transport phenomena. His group primarily employs the tools of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in particular highly resolved direct numerical simulations, in order to obtain insight into the physical mechanisms that govern the spatio-temporal evolution of a wide variety of geophysical, porous media and multiphase flow fields. Occasionally, his group extends their analyses to address issues of linear stability as well. Frequently, they collaborate closely with corresponding experimental investigations. Some current interests focus on gravity and turbidity currents, Hele-Shaw displacements, double-diffusive phenomena in particle laden flows, and internal bores.
Biography1/86-8/87 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University. 9/87-7/90 Assistant Professor, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University. 8/90-3/00 Associate Professor and Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California. 4/00-present Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara. 7/03-6/07 Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara.
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