MODELING / SIMULATION

08-en-modelingModern high-performance computers enable researchers to study energy problems of unprecedented complexity with predictive accuracy. This provides a clear picture even in situations where experimentation is expensive, time-consuming, or dangerous. In addition, cutting-edge modeling and simulation extends across multiple length and time scales and incorporates large amounts of existing data from experiment or theory. Cloud infrastructures and machine-learning for high-throughput screening allow researchers to quickly identify the most promising solutions for a given problem in energy-related fields and beyond.

 

Areas of Research Focus

At the University of Illinois, diverse and cutting-edge computational researchers join their forces to develop predictive models for energy solutions of the future. Among them are projects on:

  • Improving existing or developing novel technologies and materials for solar-energy harvesting, thermoelectrics, and hydrogen storage.
  • Increasing energy efficiency by improving processing capabilities or high-temperature properties of materials for automotive, aerospace, reactor, and other applications.
  • Improving thermal-mechanical systems and energy management systems by advanced modeling.
  • Energy analysis investigating current and future energy technologies, e.g. low-carbon infrastructure and potential energy-use reductions.
  • Photoconversion efficiency of perovskite solar cell materials.
  • Sodium-cooled fast reactors.
  • Spent nuclear fuel.
  • Process simulation.
  • Fluid mechanics and mass transfer.
  • Hydrocarbon biomarker analysis and modeling.
  • Thermal maturation and basin modeling utilizing geochemical markers.

Researchers

Narayana Aluru

Narayana Aluru

Electrical and chemical engineering; materials science

Phillip Ansell

Phillip Ansell

Electrical and chemical engineering; materials science

Joseph Bentsman

Joseph Bentsman

Controls and dynamics

Weng Cho Chew

Weng Cho Chew

Electromagnetics

Scott Frailey

Scott Frailey

Petroleum engineering and CO2 storage

George Gross

George Gross

Power and energy systems

Ravishankar K. Iyer

Ravishankar K. Iyer

Reliable and secure electrical systems

Moshe Matalon

Moshe Matalon

Fluid mechanics

Hadi Meidani

Hadi Meidani

Resilient infrastructure and sustainable transportation

Nenad Miljkovic

Nenad Miljkovic

Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences

Roland Okwen

Roland Okwen

Enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture

Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

Martin Ostoja-Starzewski

Thermomechanics

Carlos Pantano-Rubino

Carlos Pantano-Rubino

Fluid dynamics and thermal sciences

Arne J. Pearlstein

Arne J. Pearlstein

Fluid mechanics and thermal sciences

William H. Sanders

William H. Sanders

Secure energy systems

Peter W. Sauer

Peter W. Sauer

Power systems and security

André Schleife

André Schleife

Nanoscale science and technology

Diwakar Shukla

Diwakar Shukla

Molecular engineering

Clifford Singer

Clifford Singer

Nuclear power economics and policy

Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh

Food and biofuel engineering

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

Fluid dynamics and thermal sciences

Ashlynn Stillwell

Ashlynn Stillwell

Hydraulic engineering

Rizwan Uddin

Rizwan Uddin

Nuclear power

Donna Caraway Willette

Donna Caraway Willette

Petroleum geochemistry

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