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Seminar - "Last advances of the PFEM for coupled problems", by Alessandro Franci

Published: 08/11/2019

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019. Time: 12 noon

Place: O.C. Zienkiewicz Conference Room, C1 Building, UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona


The seminar aims to present the recent developments of the Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM) implemented in the Kratos Multiphysics software.
In the first part of the talk, an introduction to the fundamentals of the PFEM theory is given. Then, the following three main themes will be analyzed:
1) PFEM for natural hazards simulation;
2) PFEM with nodal integration for free-surface fluid dynamics and FSI problems;
3) PFEM-DEM coupled formulation for particle-laden flow simulation.
Finally, ongoing and future research lines will be presented.


Alessandro Franci is Assistant Research Professor at CIMNE and Adjoint Professor at the Universtitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He graduated in 2011 as a civil engineer at the Politecnico di Milano and he obtained the PhD degree in Structural Analysis at the UPC in 2015.

Franci's PhD thesis won one of the PIONER awards assigned by the CERCA association and was selected ex aequo as the best Spanish PhD thesis in numerical methods for the year 2015 by the Spanish Society of Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI).

The research lines of Franci include the numerical simulation of Newtonian and non-Newtonian free-surface flows, fluid-structure interaction and thermal-coupled problems, and particle-laden flows.