I am a postdoctoral researcher who integrates theory development and experiments to investigate transport processes of multiphase flow and complex fluids in confined environments (e.g., sandstones and geological formations). One of my priorities is to delineate the fundamental multi-scale and multi-phase dynamics of flow in porous materials and to deploy such knowledge for obtaining guiding principles for the design of relevant problems. For achieving this goal, I focus the most on the understanding of the small-scale physics (i.e., the pore-scale) and in the development of upscaling approaches that I apply to different scenarios, such as the stimulation of the production of geothermal energy and the recovery of natural resources. I am also interested in modeling large-scale buoyancy-driven displacements (e.g., lava flow and volcanic activity) and in developing new strategies for transporting complex fluids in energy-related industrial applications.
I have experience with (i) modeling techniques including discrete and continuum-scale models of flow and transport processes in confined environments, upscaling (e.g., volume-averaging and homogenization), stability analysis, and lubrication theory; (ii) experimental techniques for investigating multiphase flow and non-Newtonian fluids in conduits; (iii) implementation and uncertainty analysis of one-dimensional upscaled models.
I obtained my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Università degli Studi di Brescia in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Pietro Poesio studying the flow of gas and non-newtonian shear-thinning fluids in conduits and collaborating actively with the Italian oil company ENI. After the Ph.D., before reaching Stanford, I spent one year as a postdoc at Tel Aviv University where I worked with Prof. Neima Brauner and Prof. Amos Ullmann.
I got my M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Università degli Studi di Brescia in 2012 in collaboration with Prof. Gijs Ooms (TUDelft) and Prof. F. Toschi (Tu/e, Eindhoven) carrying out Lattice-Boltzmann numerical simulation of particle flow in converging pores.
Bachelor of Science, Universita Degli Studi Di Brescia (2010)
Master of Science, Universita Degli Studi Di Brescia (2012)
Doctor of Philosophy, Universita Degli Studi Di Brescia (2016)
Ilenia Battiato, Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
- The Impact of Pore-Scale Flow Regimes on Upscaling of Immiscible Two-Phase Flow in Porous Media WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH 2018; 54 (9): 6683–6707
- Bistability of buoyancy-driven exchange flows in vertical tubes JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS 2018; 850: 525–50
- Modeling of core-annular and plug flows of Newtonian/non-Newtonian shear-thinning fluids in pipes and capillary tubes INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTIPHASE FLOW 2018; 103: 43–60
Stability of stratified two-phase channel flows of Newtonian/non-Newtonian shear-thinning fluids
International Journal of Multiphase Flow
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2017.10.001
- Uncertainty quantification and global sensitivity analysis of mechanistic one-dimensional models and flow pattern transition boundaries predictions for two-phase pipe flows INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTIPHASE FLOW 2017; 90: 64-78
Simplified 1D Incompressible Two-Fluid Model with Artificial Diffusion for Slug Flow Capturing in Horizontal and Nearly Horizontal Pipes
View details for DOI 10.3390/en10091372
Characteristics of stratified flows of Newtonian/non-Newtonian shear-thinning fluids
International Journal of Multiphase Flow
2017; 97: 109-133
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2017.06.005
- A unified model to predict flow pattern transitions in horizontal and slightly inclined two-phase gas/shear-thinning fluid pipe flows INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTIPHASE FLOW 2016; 84: 279-291
- Stability of multiple solutions in inclined gas/shear-thinning fluid stratified pipe flow INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTIPHASE FLOW 2016; 84: 176-187
- Gas/shear-thinning liquid flows through pipes: Modeling and experiments INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTIPHASE FLOW 2015; 73: 217-226
- An experimental investigation and two-fluid model validation for dilute viscous oil in water dispersed pipe flow EXPERIMENTAL THERMAL AND FLUID SCIENCE 2015; 60: 28-34
- Flow pattern transition, pressure gradient, hold-up predictions in gas/non-Newtonian power-law fluid stratified flow INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MULTIPHASE FLOW 2014; 63: 105-115