报告人：Prof. Lucy Zhang
Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the US
题目：Towards Building a Robust Computational Framework to Simulate Multiphysics and Multiscale Problems
Abstrct：Multiphysics and multiscale problems exist in many aspects of nature and our daily lives. Multiphysics involve multiple physical behaviors to be coupled for an inter-related response. Multiscale problems are to couple physical models at different length or time scales in order to achieve more precise and accurate description of physical behaviors. To obtain stable, effective, and accurate coupled solutions is not trivial. Traditional methods that are available in commercial software often generate numerical instabilities. To simulate and analyze engineering applications involving multiphysics and multiscales require robust simulation strategy and computational tool. In this talk, I will present the non-boundary-fitted mesh technique used initially in the Immersed Finite Element Method (IFEM) for fluid-structure interactions. It provides a robust numerical framework that easily couples the physics of any co-existing phases and scales with overlapping meshing or grids. Limitations that have been commonly observed in the immersed boundary method such as low density ratios, small material deformation, low Reynolds number flow, and accurate material descriptions are eliminated. Several applications involving acoustics-fluid-structure interaction to model vocal fold vibration, gas-liquid-solid (3-phase) interactions to model water column impact on structures, and multiscale models of nanoparticle transport in a tumor microenvironment are demonstrated. Potential and future applications will also be discussed.
Prof. Lucy Zhang is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the US. She received her B.S. from Binghamton University in December of 1997, obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, IL in 2000 and 2003, respectively. Upon graduation, she joined Mechanical Engineering Department at Tulane as an assistant professor in July of 2003. In August 2006, she moved to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011.
Her research interests are building advanced and robust computational tools and software for accurate and efficient multiphysics and multiscale simulations that can be used for engineering applications in biomechanics, micro and nano-mechanics, medicine, and defense projects involving impacts. She has published more than 40 highly cited peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 peer-reviewed conference papers. In 2016 she received Young Investigator Award at the International Conference for Computational Methods. Her pioneer work in developing the Immersed Finite Element Method (IFEM) had been and is still being widely used in academic engineering and scientific communities. Prof. Zhang is now developing open-source tools and technology that can conveniently and efficiently couple any existing solvers for multiphysics and multiscale simulations and analysis.