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This book tells the story of how the science of computational multiphase flow began in an effort to better analyze hypothetical light water power reactor accidents, including the “loss of coolant” accident. Written in the style of a memoir by an author with 40 years’ engineering research experience in computer modeling of fluidized beds and slurries, multiphase computational fluid dynamics, and multiphase flow, most recently at Argonne National Laboratory, the book traces how this new science developed during this time into RELAP5 and other computer programs to encompass realistic descriptions of phenomena ranging from fluidized beds for energy and chemicals production, slurry transport, pyroclastic flow from volcanoes, hemodynamics of blood-borne cells, and flow of granular particulates. Such descriptions are not possible using the classical single-phase Navier-Stokes equations. Whereas many books on computational techniques and computational fluid dynamics have appeared, they do not trace the historical development of the science in any detail, and none touch on the beginnings of multiphase science. A robust, process-rich account of technologic evolution, the book is ideal for students and practitioners of mechanical, chemical, nuclear engineering, and the history of science and technology.

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Chapter 1. Introduction

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Predestination

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Chapter 2. Cleveland State University, Cleveland 1959–1964

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Chapter 3. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago 1964–1970

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In a State Far Away 1970–1977

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Chapter 4. The Seeds Are Sown by Larry Ybarrondo and Charlie Solbrig in a State Far Away, Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Chapter 5. Project Development Begins

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Chapter 6. Characteristics Analysis of the One-Dimensional, Two-Fluid Partial Differential Equations (PDE’s) Developed by Charlie Solbrig and Dan Hughes

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Chapter 7. The SLOOP Code Development

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Chapter 8. The Characteristics Paper Caper

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The Rise of CFD Codes

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Chapter 9. RETRAN Is Initiated at Energy Incorporated for EPRI Hiring the Core SLOOP Code Participants

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Chapter 10. RELAP5 is Initiated by Vic Ransom and Dick Wagner Funded by Larry Ybarrondo

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Chapter 11. DOE Starts Code Development at Systems, Science and Software and JAYCOR to Address the Energy Crisis Caused by the Oil Embargos

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Chapter 12. IIT Code Begins Using Los Alamos’ K-FIX Code

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Chapter 13. METC Starts Erosion R&D Cooperative Venture and MFIX Code Development Using FLUFIX Code

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Chapter 14. The Rise of the First Commercial CFD Codes: PHOENICS, FLUENT, FIDAP, CFX, FLOW-3D, and STAR-CD

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Attempts to Establish a National Program for Multiphase Flow Research

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Chapter 15. The Failure of Argonne National Laboratory to Establish the Multiphase Flow Research Institute

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Chapter 16. DOE OIT Virtual Center for Multiphase Dynamics Effort Begins—Becomes the Multiphase Fluid Dynamics Research Consortium

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Chapter 17. NETL Initiates Workshops on Multiphase Flow Research Later Called Multiphase Flow Science

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Muliphase Conferences and Gidaspow’s Books

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Chapter 18. Conferences and Workshops Addressing Multiphase Needs and Problems Begin Due to Professor Dimitri Gidaspow’s Initiatives

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Chapter 19. Gidaspow Publishes His Two Multiphase Books

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Chapter 20. Conclusion—What Does the Future Hold?

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