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2017 Yves Chauvin thesis prize awarded to Zlatko Solomenko

November 2017

IFPEN's Scientific Board awarded the 2017 Yves Chauvin prize to Zlatko Solomenko for his thesis entitled Two-phase flows over complex surfaces: towards bridging the gap between computations and experiments with application to structured packings.

Supervised by Peter Spelt and Michel Lance from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon’s Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics Laboratory (LMFA) and presented in December 2016, this thesis represents a significant step forward in the observation of liquid film flows over geometrically complex surfaces. Another major contribution of this work concerns the digital simulation of these flows, incorporating 3D wetting phenomena in hydrodynamic calculations.

The new CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) methodology developed represents a key step in the development of predictive models for industrial processes that bring into play exchanges between a gas phase and a liquid phase. Ultimately, it will be particularly useful for the design of new packing geometries, with a view to improving the performance of gas/liquid contactors in equipment employed in gas purification or the treatment of combustion flue gases (CO2 capture and storage).

Zlatko Solomenko received his award at the ceremony held at IFPEN’s Rueil-Malmaison site on 21 November 2017.

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