Multiscale simulations of complex fluid rheology
Engineering the flow of complex fluids is an important challenge in many technologies including biomedical devices, consumer products, and enhanced oil recovery. Complex fluid rheology is controlled on microscopic length scales by molecular structures and interactions, including hydrodynamics, which are difficult to predict from theory or to efficiently probe experimentally. I will develop a massively parallel multiscale simulation method for designing complex fluids using graphics processing units. Systematically coarse-grained models for fluid interfaces and solutes will be assessed. A set of principles will be developed to design a complex fluid for enhanced oil recovery that maximizes oil recovery and minimizes environmental impact.