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About Brian Storey

Areas of Interest: mechanical engineering, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, computational modeling.
Dr. Storey's research interests involve building computational models of complex problems in fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. Computational models are used to strengthen understanding of systems where experiments are too difficult or costly to perform and analysis is intractable. He enjoys applying common mathematical and computational tools to a variety of problems and applications.
One project Dr. Storey is working on involves the control of instabilities in micro-fluidic devices. Specifically, his research lies in a class of electro hydrodynamic instabilities that can occur in microfabricated systems designed to perform on-chip biological and chemical analysis (micro total analysis systems). Such instability can be desirable or undesirable, depending on the application. Dr. Storey's work involves simulations to predict the behavior of the flow in these devices.
Dr. Storey is also involved with a project to simulate large-scale turbulent motions in geophysical fluid dynamics (e.g., the motion of atmospheres and oceans), as many basic processes of turbulent transport in these flows are not well understood. He is using simulation to understand some of the basic processes in these flows which, is crucial for developing predictive models of important geophysical processes.
Other projects center on the unusual response of micro-bubbles when subjected to ultrasound. The most striking feature of these oscillations is the extremely violent implosions. These implosions happen on micrometer scales, occur over the matter of nanoseconds and can be so violent that the gas can be compressed to unusually high temperatures and pressures. These extreme conditions can be exploited in biomedical applications such kidney stone destruction, ultrasonic imaging, acoustic surgery and by North Sea shrimp that shoot killer bubbles at its prey. Dr. Storey's work involves developing detailed models of all the physical phenomena involved, since the time and spatial scales are too small to make detailed experimental measurements.
In addition, Dr. Storey has a general interest in numerical methods on parallel architectures and computing clusters.


Present Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

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