Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 05/01/2012
Tuesday, 05/01/2012
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Mehrdad Massoudi
National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE)
Carnegie-Mellon University
Biomedical Engineering Department

"A Mixture Theory Formulation for Solids Transport"


We discuss the importance of constitutive modeling of the stress tensors in solids transport. We first give a brief account of the formulation of a two-component Mixture Theory where the mixture consists of a linearly viscous fluid infused with solid particles. The solid particles are modeled as a granular media and it is assumed that the mixture is dense enough so that we can use the theory of interacting continua. The subsequent boundary value problem, flow between two flat plates, is then solved numerically and results for various dimensionless numbers are presented for velocities and volume fraction profiles.

  • 1986: PhD, ME, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1986 - 1988: ORISE Postdoctoral Research Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy, Morgantown
  • 1988-Present: Research Engineer, U.S. Department of Energy, NETL
  • 1989- 2001: University of Pittsburgh, Part-time Faculty. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • 2007- Present: Adjunct Professor. Biomedical Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)


Thermo-mechanics of complex fluids; Biomechanics; (Implicit) constitutive modeling of non-linear materials