Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Felicelli, Sergio D.

Committee Member

Horstemeyer, Mark F.

Committee Member

Luck, Rogelio

Committee Member

Zaeem, Mohsen Asle

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


This dissertation presents the development of numerical models based on lattice Boltzmann (LB) and cellular automaton (CA) methods for solving phase change and microstructural evolution problems. First, a new variation of the LB method is discussed for solving the heat conduction problem with phase change. In contrast to previous explicit algorithms, the latent heat source term is treated implicitly in the energy equation, avoiding iteration steps and improving the formulation stability and efficiency. The results showed that the model can deal with phase change problems more accurately and efficiently than explicit LB models. Furthermore, a new numerical technique is introduced for simulating dendrite growth in three dimensions. The LB method is used to calculate the transport phenomena and the CA is employed to capture the solid/liquid interface. It is assumed that the dendritic growth is driven by the difference between the local actual and local equilibrium composition of the liquid in the interface. The evolution of a threedimensional (3D) dendrite is discussed. In addition, the effect of undercooling and degree of anisotropy on the kinetics of dendrite growth is studied. Moreover, effect of melt convection on dendritic solidification is investigated using 3D simulations. It is shown that convection can change the kinetics of growth by affecting the solute distribution around the dendrite. The growth features of twodimensional (2D) and 3D dendrites are compared. Furthermore, the change in growth kinetics and morphology of Al-Cu dendrites is studied by altering melt undercooling, alloy composition and inlet flow velocity. The local-type nature of LB and CA methods enables efficient scaling of the model in petaflops supercomputers, allowing the simulation of large domains in 3D. The model capabilities with large scale simulations of dendritic solidification are discussed and the parallel performance of the algorithm is assessed. Excellent strong scaling up to thousands of computing cores is obtained across the nodes of a computer cluster, along with near-perfect weak scaling. Considering the advantages offered by the presented model, it can be used as a new tool for simulating 3D dendritic solidification under convection.



Solidification||Dendrite growth||Lattice Boltzmann||Cellular automaton