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Simulating Engineering Flows through Complex Porous Media via the Lattice Boltzmann Method

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Department of Economics, Engineering, Society and Business Organization, University of Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Department of Enterprise Engineering “Mario Lucertini”, University of “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome, Italy
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John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 33 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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Energies 2018, 11(4), 715; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11040715
Received: 19 January 2018 / Revised: 1 March 2018 / Accepted: 20 March 2018 / Published: 22 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Fundamentals and Conversion)
In this paper, recent achievements in the application of the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) to complex fluid flows are reported. More specifically, we focus on flows through reactive porous media, such as the flow through the substrate of a selective catalytic reactor (SCR) for the reduction of gaseous pollutants in the automotive field; pulsed-flow analysis through heterogeneous catalyst architectures; and transport and electro-chemical phenomena in microbial fuel cells (MFC) for novel waste-to-energy applications. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first known application of LBM modeling to the study of MFCs, which represents by itself a highly innovative and challenging research area. The results discussed here essentially confirm the capabilities of the LBM approach as a flexible and accurate computational tool for the simulation of complex multi-physics phenomena of scientific and technological interest, across physical scales. View Full-Text
Keywords: lattice Boltzmann; porous media; SCR; heterogeneous catalysis; MFC lattice Boltzmann; porous media; SCR; heterogeneous catalysis; MFC
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Krastev, V.K.; Falcucci, G. Simulating Engineering Flows through Complex Porous Media via the Lattice Boltzmann Method. Energies 2018, 11, 715.

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