Lattice Boltzmann Simulation of Microstructures

Authored by: R. G. M. van der Sman

Handbook of Food and Bioprocess Modeling Techniques

Print publication date:  December  2006
Online publication date:  December  2006

Print ISBN: 9780824726713
eBook ISBN: 9781420015072
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420015072.ch2

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Abstract

The lattice Boltzmann method is a recently developed computer modeling methodology that is gaining attention in the academic world, especially for the simulation of complex fluid phenomena at the mesoscopic scale. 1,2 The mesoscop ic scale lies between the molecular (micro) scale, and the macroscopic scale, where physical quantities are assumed to be continuous. Somewhere between the micro and macroscale, the continuum approach breaks down and some parts of physical systems cannot be assumed to be continuous. Examples of these mesoscale systems are emulsions, colloidal suspensions, flow in porous media, and polymer solutions.

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