My expertise is in the scientific study of multi-phase fluid flows, and the application of advanced optical and x-ray diagnostics to these problems.

Multi-phase flows are any combination of two or more phases of matter (i.e. solid, liquid, and gas) moving together. There’s a lot we don’t yet know about how these kinds of fluid flows behave, because they are very difficult to experiment on. You can’t make a scale model of the fluid flow like you can with a car in a wind tunnel, and when you shine light through most multiphase flows, it scatters a lot, and this makes it very hard to make accurate observations. We’re addressing these challenges by developing new ways to use synchrotron x-ray light, advanced laser diagnostics, and computer models.

Understanding how multi-phase flows behave is essential to the development of technologies that we rely on every day.

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