Dr. Igor Bolotnov

Dr. Igor Bolotnov

Nuclear Engineering

Phone: 518-542-8939
Fax: 919-515-5115
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NE 577 Multiscale Two-Phase Flow Simulations

3 Credit Hours

(also offered as MAE 577)

Modeling and simulation of two-phase flows using interface tracking approach and ensemble averaging approaches. Model validation and verification based on interface-tracking data, boiling models. Nuclear reactor applications.



Course Objectives

By the end of the course the students will be able to:

  • develop an understanding of two-phase flow simulation approaches at different scales
  • understand underlying physics, advantages and limitations of direct numerical simulation of multiphase flows
  • evaluate applicability and feasibility of various two-phase modeling approaches to a specific problem
  • understand the physics behind the upscaling techniques for two-phase flow model development
  • throughout several homework assignments, the students will develop their own finite-difference based two-dimensional interface tracking code to simulate bubble/droplet movement through the domain

Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: About 8 homework assignments throughout the semester, 20% of the grade

EXAMINATIONS: 1 midterm (20%) and 1 final exam (30%).

PROJECTS: 1 project (30%)

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: Access to a computer with MS Word and Excel. Access to Fortran compiler can be provided through remote connection to NC State computing system.


No required textbook. Recommended texts:

  1. Tryggvason, G., Prosperretti, A.: Computational Methods for Multiphase Flow, Cambridge University Press, 1st ed (July 20 2009), ISBN-10: 0521138612, ISBN-13: 978-0521138611
  2. Wilcox, D.: Turbulence Modeling for CFD. D C W Industries; 3rd edition (November 1, 2006), ISBN-10: 1928729088, ISBN-13: 978-1928729082

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review the minimum computer specifications that NC State University and Engineering Online recommend.

Updated: 10/31/2022