Morphological Dynamics: A particle-based simulator for material science and geomechanics
The aim of this proposal is to integrate forefront developments in computer graphics, image rendering and interactive simulation with the recently developed method of Morphological Dynamics. This is an efficient computational technique developed by F. Alonso-Marroquín and his team, for high precision modeling of time evolving systems with complex morphologies.
The main outcome of this project will be a Virtual Simulator, where the user can fully visualize the system in 3D and interact with the objects during the simulations. We will focus on particle-based simulations or many rigid-bodies. Such systems span a wide range of applications, such as computer-aid design of new drugs, nanotechnologies oriented to hydrogen fuel production and carbon sequestration, design of prototypes for mining-related processes, and architectural/urban design for pedestrian and traffic flow.
We are seeking for PhD student with strong background in physics, mathematics and computer science, will be involved i the development of the following milestones:
- Developments of methods to reconstruct realistic morphologies of geological materials (morphological erosion and Minkowski - Voronoi diagrams);
- Implementation of simulator's classes using template meta-programming techniques;
- Development of a user & developer -friendly platform in C++ , using the philosophy of Object Oriented Programming and the concepts of encapsulated containers;
- Incorporation of new techniques for Molecular Dynamics to achieve real time simulations, including high order integrators and extension of collision detection algorithms for 3D simulations;
- Incorporation of interaction of particles in fluids, and coupling with continuum equations for multi-physics simulations.
The PhD candidate is expected to have demonstrated skills in numerical modeling and software programming, strong background in physics and mathematics, and strong interest in computer graphics and high performance computer.
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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1093
Other opportunities with Dr Fernando Alonso-Marroquin
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