Reactive Flow and Transport Through Complex Systems
Cornelius J. van Duijn
TU Eindhoven, NetherlandsAndro Mikelic
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, FranceChristoph Schwab
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland
Abstract
The workshop \emph{Reactive Flow and Transport Through Complex Systems}, organized by Cornelius J. van Duijn (Eindhoven), Andro Mikeli\'c (Lyon) and Christoph Schwab (Z\"{u}rich) was held October 30thNovember 5th, 2005.
This meeting was attended by over 46 participants with broad geographic representation from all continents.
The theme of the conference, \begin{center} modeling, analysis and numerical simulation of diffusion and transport processes in complex systems, \end{center} is a response to the need for more accurate, quantitative prediction in a growing number of scientific disciplines, particularly those related to biological applications. Here, simple mathematical models have been found, in particular due to the vastly increased available experimental data from these systems, to offer only inadequate and incomplete understanding of the observed phenomena.
This resulted in increased requirements for quantitative, verified predictions from sophisticated mathematical as well as computational models. The continuous development of complex mathematical and computational models and their verification and validation against available experimental data is a continuous source of challenges for applied and computational mathematicians.
The complexity of the systems arises from several sources: highly irregular geometries of membranes and interfaces (as, e.g. in bone marrow, cell membranes, root systems of plants, membrane structures in human organs), physical or chemical properties of the systems (e.g., models for spread of pollution in underground medium which has uncertain material properties, where chemical reactions take place between constituents, and where strong transport effects on a macroscopic scale coexist with diffusion phenomena at the grain interfaces).
Quantitative mathematical and computational models of such phenomena are not only essential for a deeper understanding of these systems but, at least equally importantly, are a keystone in the development of new technologies which increasingly mimic and adapt biological phenomena for industrial purposes (e.g., rootreactor technology for the efficient production of organic compounds, bioinspired catalysts for waste processing, to name but a few).
Accordingly, the rather wide scope of the topic of the conference and the blend of researchers working in several areas of applied mathematics was a necessary condition to review modelling approaches across a number of application areas as well as across several mathematical disciplines.
Accordingly, during the meeting, talks were presented on homogenization, a\nalysis and computation of multiscale problems, models of porous media, biological flow problems, to name but a few.
In addition to the regular presentations, there were three evening sessions organized ``on the spot'' based on the discussions which started in the first half of the meeting. These were in each case opened by a presentation from a person invited by the organizers, and were devoted to the topics:

Mathematical Models in Biology  Results and challenges in the mathematical modelling of biological systems, (animated by W. J\"ager, Uni and IWR Heidelberg),

Density driven flows  analytical and computational results and challenges (animated by C. van Duijn, Einhoven and F. Otto, Bonn),

Numerical Models of PDEs with stochastic coefficients (animated by H. Matthies, TU Braunschweig and by C. Schwab, ETH)
The presentations of the experts present at the meeting comprised, naturally, a much wider scope of topics:

 Flow, transport and reactions in microreactors and microchannels

 Effective laws for processes on surfaces

 Effective laws for transports and reactions in membranes

 Polymer flow through porous media

 Homogenization of processes in networks (neural networks, vessels ..... )

 Overall elastic properties of fiber structures and textiles

 Flow through deformable structures with evolving process depending geometry

 Growth of crystals, biological structures like dendrites or vessels.

 Flow and transport in bifurcating vessels with rigid and flexible walls

 Effects of walls

 Wall laws and interface laws
These talks touched on advanced mathematical methods from dynamical systems, especially infinite dimensional ones arising with spatially heterogeneous problems (PDEs), asymptotic analysis, homogenization and averaging methods, numerical multiscale methods, methods from stochastic analysis and statistics.
Apart from advancing {\em disciplinary} mathematical methods in these areas, in the present meeting also qualitatively new mathematical developments emerged: for example, mathematical and computational modelling of PDEs with stochastic data which are spatially inhomogeneous and do {\em not} satisfy stationarity or ergodic hypotheses.
In processing experimental data (which becomes increasingly available at lower cost and, e.g. through modern scanning techniques, also at high volume and spatial and temporal resolution) new techniques of image and data processing have to be developed, and the mathematical models of complex systems have to allow for incorporation of statistical data extracted from these experiments.
This has repercussions for the mathematical research {\em and} implies that novel algorithms are needed to generate computational grids adapted to voxel data.
In the last five years mathematicians from analysis, stochastics and numerics started cooperation in this interdisciplinary field of research.
New journals specifically devoted to these issues such as the SIAM Journal of Multiscale Analysis and Simulation, have been successfully launched.
The previous meeting in Oberwolfach " Multiple Scale Systems  Modeling, Analysis and Numerics " from July 27 to August 2, 2003, gathered 42 scientists, among them approximately 15 junior scientists, from these areas.
Since multiscale tools are crucial in many of the above themes, in the previous meeting mainly diffusion problems were treated. Reactive flow and transport, which were central themes in the present meeting, emerged only recently as key issues.
The meeting was, exactly because of its wide scope, successful particularly in cross fertilizing different areas of applied mathematics and also raised a huge number of questions and challenges to participants documenting that the applications of mathematics to biological, social and other ``complex systems'' which has been emerging in the past years, is in the process of gaining momentum and, more importantly, stimulates development of new techniques and approaches in applied and computational mathematics at an increasing rate.
\centerline{\bf List of all talks} \vskip10pt

Monday, October 31, 2005: \begin{itemize}

9h1510h: Andrea BRAIDES: A Model for a Weak Membrane with Defects

10h10h45: Gregory A. CHECHKIN: Prandtl boundary layer equations in the presence of rough boundaries

11h3012h30: Eduard MARU\v SI\' CPALOKA: Rigorous Justification of Compressible Reynolds Equation for Gas Lubrication

16h16h45: Maria NEUSSRADU : Homogenization of thin porous layers and applications to ion transport through channels of biological membranes

16h4517h30: Angela STEVENS: Propagation speed in inhomogeneous media

17h4518h30: Barbara NIETHAMMER: A statistical mechanics approach for effective theories of domain coarsening

Tuesday, November 1, 2005
 9h009h45: Hermann G. MATTHIES: Computational Approaches for Stochastic Models in Flow Through Stochastic Porous Media
 9h4510h30: Assyr ABDULLE: Fully Discrete Heterogeneous Multiscale Methods and Application to Transport Problems in Microarrays
 11h11h45 Radu A. TODOR: Sparse Perturbation Algorithms for Elliptic Problems with Stochastic Data
 15h3016h15: Guy BOUCHITT\'E: Some asymptotic problems on optimal transportation.
 16h1517h: Michel LENZINGER: Viscous fluid flow in bifurcating channels and pipes
 17h1518h Ren\'e de BORST: Stability and Dispersion in Damaging Multiphase Media

Wednesday, November 2, 2005
 9h009h45: Michel KERN: Reactive Flow and Transport Through Complex Systems
 9h4510h30: Vincent GIOVANGIGLI: Gaseous flows with multicomponent transport and complex chemistry
 11h11h45 Sorin I. POP: Dissolution and Precipitation in Porous Media
 11h45  12h30: Giovanna GUIDOBONI: Uniqueness of weak solutions for a fluidstructure interaction problem\end{itemize}
 Thursday, November 3, 2005
}* 9h009h45: Bj\"orn ENQUIST: The Heterogeneous Multiscale Method for Flow in Complex Systems
 9h4510h30: Peter KNABNER: Efficient Accurate Simulation of General Reaction Multispecies Transport Processes in Porous Media by Reduction and Selective Decoupling
 10h4511h30 Ra\'ul TEMPONE: Spectral Collocation for Partial Differential Equations with Random Coefficients
 11h3012h15: Leonid BERLYAND: Two analytical models of random composites: polydispersity and correlations
 15h1516h: J\'erome JAFFR\'E: Riemann solvers for flows through rocks changing type
 16h0016h45: Ben SCHWEIZER: Averaging of unsaturated flow in stochastic porous media
 16h4517h30: Rudolf HILFER: Can homogenization solve the upscaling problem for 2 phase flow equations in porous media?
 17h4518h30 Alain BOURGEAT: Some Problems in upscaling source terms in a waste disposal
 Friday, November 4, 2005:
 9h009h45: J\'erome POUSIN : Order 2 in time schemes for discontinuous reactive terms operator splitting for reaction diffusion with a singular reaction term.
 9h4510h30: Peter BASTIAN: ADG method for flow in complex domains
 10h4511h30 Eric BONNETIER: Can one detect a misplaced inclusion in a periodic composite by boundary measurements ?
Cite this article
Cornelius J. van Duijn, Andro Mikelic, Christoph Schwab, Reactive Flow and Transport Through Complex Systems. Oberwolfach Rep. 2 (2005), no. 4, pp. 2761–2832
DOI 10.4171/OWR/2005/49