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Davide Picchi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering
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.
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