Anastasia Bukhvostova is a PhD student in the Multiscale Modeling and Simulation group in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente. She is working under the supervision of Prof.dr.ir. Bernard J. Geurts and Prof.dr. J.G.M. Kuerten. She got her Master degree at Moscow state University (Russia) in 2011.
Her project focuses on droplets in turbulence; the main aim is to investigate the natural droplet-size distribution that arises from phase transitions, i.e., evaporation and condensation, and from droplet collisions and coalescence along their flight-paths. The central new ingredient of this research is that particles have not only dynamical characteristics but also internal properties such as temperature and mass. These properties are fully coupled to the turbulent flow, and may alter their dynamic response.
The project combines mathematical and physical modeling with large-scale high-performance computing and is part of the FOM program 'Droplets in Turbulence'.