Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 04/04/2006

Tuesday, 04/04/2006
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Dr. William Hartt
Proctor and Gamble

"Novel Phenomena in Capillary Driven Deformation of Porous Structure "


A brief review of problems related to non-Newtonian fluid mechanics at P∓G will be provided. A more in depth presentation of recent research in the area of capillary driven deformation of hyperelastic porous media will be the primary topic. New materials with very high porosity and tunable elastic moduli enable exploration of material behavior in regions where capillary pressures play a large part in deformation. We have discovered novel phenomena such as biphasic volumetric strains in partially saturated porous media and will demonstrate a theoretical model that predicts this phenonena.


Senior engineer at P∓G from 1996 to present. Currently technical leader for fluid mechanics in the Process Systems Technology group. Previously led rheology group in Corporate Engineering at P∓G. Two year stint at 3M in the Corporate Research Process Technology Labs. Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1995 working for Don Baird. BS from Virginia Tech 1991.