CIRF Seminar on "The transport of volume through fluids"


Friday, February 25, 2011 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Engineering II, Room 2243


Howard Brenner, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Abstract:  Volume, like mass, momentum, energy, and entropy is an extensive property of a fluid. Like each of these, volume can be transported through a fluid by both convective  and  diffusive (molecular) mechanisms.  This talk is concerned with the purely diffusive or molecular transport of volume (i.e., volume unaccompanied by mass), and its impact upon the transport of momentum and energy. This impact occurs via a coupling mechanism governed by Onsager reciprocity. In the case of compressible fluids, where volume changes occur, this gives rise to diffusiomechanical and mechanodiffusive effects, phenomena only vaguely hinted at in the transport phenomena literature.


Host:  Prof. Eckart Meiburg, Mechanical Engineering

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