Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST
Viscoelastic flow instabilities and turbulence
Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division
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|Steven David Hudson
|Paul Francis Salipante
Small quantities of dissolved polymers impart elasticity to a fluid and are a crucial means to control the transition to turbulent flow, in various applications that range widely across Reynolds number. We measure flow and pressure macroscopically and analyze birefringence and particle tracking with high-speed imaging to obtain local flow and stress. We seek to measure features associated with the transition to turbulence, including wave propagation of flow disturbance, while adjusting the relative importance of elasticity and inertia by channel geometry.
Turbulence; Flow instability; Viscoelastic flow; Microfluidics; Rheology; Polymer solutions;
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral applicants