Daniel R. Lester

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Scalar transport in closed potential flows is investigated for the specific case of a periodically reoriented dipole flow. Despite the irrotational nature of the flow, the periodic reorientations effectively create heteroclinic and/or homoclinic points arising from the joining of stable and unstable manifolds. For scalar advection, Lagrangian chaos can be(More)
Passive scalar transport involves complex interactions between advection and diffusion, where the global transport rate depends upon scalar diffusivity and the values of the (possibly large) set of parameters controlling the advective flow. Although computation of a single solution of the advection–diffusion equation (ADE) is simple, in general it is(More)
We show that chaotic advection is inherent to flow through all types of porous media, from granular and packed media to fractured and open networks. The basic topological complexity inherent to all porous media gives rise to chaotic flow dynamics under steady flow conditions, where fluid deformation local to stagnation points imparts a 3D fluid mechanical(More)
The topological complexity inherent to all porous media imparts persistent chaotic advection under steady flow conditions, which, in concert with the no-slip boundary condition, generates anomalous transport. We explore the impact of this mechanism upon longitudinal dispersion via a model random porous network and develop a continuous-time random walk that(More)
The emergence of structure in reactive geofluid systems is of current interest. In geofluid systems, the fluids are supported by a porous medium whose physical and chemical properties may vary in space and time, sometimes sharply, and which may also evolve in reaction with the local fluids. Geofluids may also experience pressure and temperature conditions(More)
Marco Dentz, 2, ∗ Peter K. Kang, Alessandro Comolli, 2, 4 Tanguy Le Borgne, and Daniel R. Lester Spanish National Research Council (IDAEA-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain Hydrogeology Group (CSIC-UPC) Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791, Republic of Korea Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain(More)
Groundwater cooling (GWC) is a sustainable alternative to conventional cooling technologies for supercomputers. A GWC system has been implemented for the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth, Western Australia. Groundwater is extracted from the Mullaloo Aquifer at 20.8 °C and passes through a heat exchanger before returning to the same aquifer.(More)
Current diagnosis of infectious diseases such as Hendra virus (HeV) relies mostly on laboratory-based tests. There is an urgent demand for rapid diagnosis technology to detect and identify these diseases in humans and animals so that disease spread can be controlled. In this study, an integrated lab-on-a-chip device using a magnetic nanoparticle immunoassay(More)
Although potential flows are irrotational, Lagrangian chaos can occur when these are unsteady, with rapid global mixing observed upon flow parameter optimization. What is unknown is whether Lagrangian chaos in potential flows results in accelerated scalar dispersion, to what magnitude, how robustly, and via what mechanisms. We consider scalar dispersion in(More)