The History of Multiphase Science and Computational Fluid Dynamics

A Personal Memoir

  • Robert W. Lyczkowski

Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Robert W. Lyczkowski
    Pages 1-4
  3. Predestination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Robert W. Lyczkowski
      Pages 7-19
  4. In a State Far Away 1970–1977

  5. The Rise of CFD Codes

  6. Attempts to Establish a National Program for Multiphase Flow Research

  7. Muliphase Conferences and Gidaspow’s Books

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 241-334

About this book


This book tells the story of how the science of computational multiphase flow began in an effort to better analyze hypothetical light water power reactor accidents, including the “loss of coolant” accident. Written in the style of a memoir by an author with 40 years’ engineering research experience in computer modeling of fluidized beds and slurries, multiphase computational fluid dynamics, and multiphase flow, most recently at Argonne National Laboratory, the book traces how this new science developed during this time into RELAP5 and other computer programs to encompass realistic descriptions of phenomena ranging from fluidized beds for energy and chemicals production, slurry transport, pyroclastic flow from volcanoes, hemodynamics of blood-borne cells, and flow of granular particulates. Such descriptions are not possible using the classical single-phase Navier-Stokes equations. Whereas many books on computational techniques and computational fluid dynamics have appeared, they do not trace the historical development of the science in any detail, and none touch on the beginnings of multiphase science. A robust, process-rich account of technologic evolution, the book is ideal for students and practitioners of mechanical, chemical, nuclear engineering, and the history of science and technology.

Imparts a personal narrative tracing the critical events in the initiation, development, and propagation of multiphase science and computational fluid dynamics in its historical context;

Reveals the amazing chain of incidents and coincidences but for which multiphase science and computational fluid dynamics would never have evolved;

Presents in narrative form many facets of multiphase science (MPS), including  sand grains, bubbles, and water droplets and how MPS differs from single-phase science;

Describes the development of what came to be called the seriated loop (SLOOP) code, intend

ed to replace the RELAP4 code, used to perform safety studies for and to license nuclear reactors  and the politics of science that led to its demise. 


Multiphase flow Computational fluid dynamics fluidization numerical methods nuclear reactor safety granular flow history of science and technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert W. Lyczkowski
    • 1
  1. 1.DarienUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66501-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-66502-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-5122
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-063X
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