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Rodney Fox

Distinguished Professor



Office: 3162 Sweeney

Phone: 515-294-9104









Department: Chemical & Biological Engineering

Research Interests: computational fluid dynamics, chemical reaction engineering

Brief description of current research:

Our research focuses on the development, implementation and validation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools for Chemical Reaction Engineering. With the ever-increasing power of desktop computers, CFD has become a powerful tool for chemical reactor analysis, design and optimization in the chemical process industry. Its successes have led to a growing demand for greater sophistication and range in the types of problems that can be treated. Thus, the elaboration of accurate yet tractable models for the manifold physical and chemical processes that occur in industrial-scale reactors is still very much an open and challenging field of inquiry. In attacking these problems, our modeling efforts draw on a large range of tools originating in diverse fields including probability theory and stochastic processes, non-linear dynamics, computational science and engineering, chemical reaction engineering, and transport phenomena.

Recent publications:

Passelacqua, A. and R. O. Fox, 2011: Advanced continuum modeling of gas-particle flows beyond the hydrodynamic limit. Appl. Mathematical Modelling, 35, 1616-1627.

Cheng, J. C., R. D. Vigil, and R. O. Fox, 2010: A competitive aggregation model for Flash NanoPrecipitation. J. Colloid and Interface Sci., 351, 330-342.

Fox, R. O., and P. Vedula, 2010: Quadrature-based moment model for moderately dense polydisperse gas-particle flows. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 49, 5174-5187.