Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute

Magnetic Fields, Turbulence, and Gravity

Dr. David Collins

Department of Physics and GFDI Florida State University

Time and Place: 3:00 PM, Monday September 22, 2014 Melvin Stern Seminar Room, 18 Keen Bldg. Refreshments will be served at 2:30M

ABSTRACT: The collapse of molecular clouds into stars is driven by three primary physical mechanism: turbulence, magnetic fields, and gravity. I'll be discussing properties of self-gravitating turbulence by way of numerical simulations, and the impact variations in magnetic field strength have on star formation. I'll also discuss using these and other simulations to understand properties of observed molecular clouds.

Water resources: current challenges in physics modeling and mathematics

Dr. Jian Zhao

Department of Hydraulics and River Dynamics Hohai University, P. R. China

Time and Place 3:30 PM, Tuesday September 23, 2014 Melvin Stern Seminar Room, 18 Keen Bldg. Refreshments will be served at 3:00PM

ABSTRACT: We survey the challenges associated with water resources. Several aspects of the problem such as the fundamental physics, laboratory experiments, field measurements, mathematical modeling and simulations will be discussed. The issue of coupling of different physical processes will be highlighted.

Use of Mineral vs. Polymer Drilling Fluids in Deep Foundation Construction

Dr. Kamal Tawfiq

Chair, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering & GFDI FAMU/FSU College of Engineering

Time and Place: 2:30 PM, Thursday September 25, 2014 Melvin Stern Seminar Room, 18 Keen Bldg. Refreshments will be served at 2:00M

ABSTRACT: In deep foundation design, drilled shafts (also referred to as bored piles or drilled caissons) are preferred because of their large load capacities and greater economy compared to driven piles. Simply, a drilled shaft is a deep borehole in the ground filled with concrete. The concrete in the drilled shaft can be plain or reinforced with a steel rebar cage. Despite their apparent simplicity, a special construction procedure must be followed when installing drilled shafts through water bearing or caving soils. In such cases, the contractor has two alternatives to deal with the situations. These alternatives include (1) the use of casing or (2) the use of drilling slurry. In certain conditions, the contractor must use both to prevent a collapse of the borehole. If the soil is stiff enough to sustain vertical cuts without stabilization, the dry method of construction can be followed. The use of the slurry method in drilled shaft construction started in the late 1940s. Contractors at that time used slurry made out of in-situ clays and water to provide stability to the advanced borehole until the temporary casing was in place. At that time, the surface friction was not considered in the design of the drilled shaft, therefore, such an effect on the mobilized surface friction was not considered detrimental. In the 1960s engineers started to use slurries made of the commercially processed clay mineral, bentonite and attapulgite. This technique was adapted from the oil recovery industry. The particulate nature and the additives that are often included in the commercially packaged clays have caused federal and state agencies to require that mineral slurries not be disposed in landfills. These requirements motivated the manufacturers of drilling products to develop alternative polymer drilling fluids. These new generations of slurry can be used in drilled shaft construction and can be disposed of on site. Unlike the mineral slurries, polymer slurries are considered to be non-particulate and non-hazardous. Two general types of polymer slurries have evolved over the past several years: non-biodegradable (synthetic) and biodegradable. In this study, the advantage and disadvantage of using both mineral vs. polymer slurries will be presented. Additionally, there is a need to develop more efficient inspection devices to determine the quality of the borehole construction when these slurries are used.

Welcome to GFDI

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Geophysical Fluid Dynmaics Institute at Florida State.

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Research at GFDI

Research at GFDI

Geophysical fluid dynamics is an interdisciplinary field of research involving a broad range of topics and researchers from several university departments.

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2013 GFD Lab Class

2012 Lab Series

Dr. Kevin Speer
GFDI Demo Lab

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Student Seminars

Student Seminars

An informal, student-run seminar series highlighting GFD research, news in the feild, and fundamentals.
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Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

"How bodies erode and dissolve in fluid flows"
Dr. M. Nick Moore 3:00 PM, Monday September 15, 2014

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