Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160102021 [ 2016 - 2020 ]

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Researchers A/Prof Yvonne Stokes; Prof Andrea Bertozzi

Brief description The project aims to develop fast predictive tools to investigate suspension flows in curved channels and thin ducts and the effect of channel geometry on the focusing of particles by weight to different regions of the channel. Interaction between particles and fluid in suspension flows is a fundamental problem that is little understood but which is important in a wide range of problems in nature and industry (eg for design of microscale segregation devices for separation of different cells in a blood sample, and of macroscale devices for separation of mineral particles from crushed ore). At present, the description of these processes is qualitative, with quantitative understanding seen as a challenge without intensive computation. The project plans to develop, solve and validate mathematical models to give a quantitative understanding of these processes.

Funding Amount $362,166

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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