Welcome to the IUTAM Symposium on
Multiphase Flows with Phase Change
Challenges and Opportunities
8-11 December, 2014 in Hyderabad, India.
Multiphase flows with phase change can be observed in glacier melts, ocean-atmosphere interaction and the formation of cracking patterns during drought. The second mentioned is crucial from the perspective of climate change. There are many other situations, such as flows in boilers, condensers, distillation columns, and nuclear reactors, fouling in heat exchangers in oil-refineries, spray combustion, coating technology, and food processing, where studying phase change in multiphase flows are important. While multiphase flows have been well- studied, those accompanied by phase change have received far less attention.
In the last past few decades, these problems have been modeled extensively using lubrication theory. There are a few other studies that have done some fairly sophisticated modeling and simulation of multiphase flows with boiling for nuclear reactors. The time is therefore right to assemble a team of world experts in theory, computation and experiment in multiphase flows to define the scope of the work that must be carried out in multiphase flows with phase change over the next few years, going well beyond the current-state-of-the-art; this is the goal of the proposed meeting. The audience will include students and faculty working in this area from many different countries.