Prof. Dr. Florian Frank

Prof. Dr. Florian Frank

Department of Mathematics
Professorship of Applied Mathematics (Mathematical Modeling)

Room: Raum 04.317
Cauerstraße 11
91058 Erlangen

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  • Parallel mesh loading and partitioning for large-scale simulation

    (Third Party Funds Single)

    Term: since 01-01-2021
    Funding source: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (StMWK) (seit 2018)
  • The Influence of Colloids on Water Flow and Solute Transport in Soils: Side Effect or Key Process?

    (Third Party Funds Single)

    Term: 01-11-2006 - 31-12-2009
    Funding source: DFG-Einzelförderung / Sachbeihilfe (EIN-SBH)

    Soil colloids may influence the interaction between solutes and the immobile solid phase. A coupling to the fluid transport is possible by processes of sedimentation, flocculation, precipitation, filtration and deposition. The objective of this research project is the qualitative and quantitative examination of the crucial aspects of colloidal-influenced solute- and fluid transport by means of systematic, prognostic simulation. In detail,

    1. the attachment and detachment of colloids under consideration air-water interface of the soil,
    2. the transformation of the pore space and the thus induced coupling to the fluid transport in soil, and
    3. the transformation of the surface properties of the solid phase and the thus induced coupling to the solute transport

    have to be analyzed. The main hypothesis of this project states that the couplings incorporated in the model conception affect the praxis-relevant situations not only qualitatively, but also quantitatively in a significant way. The deterministic description of the physicochemical mechanisms on basis of the conservation laws for mass, impulse and energy results in systems of time-dependent non-linear partial differential equations. In order to make the model operative with respect to the problem formulation, one has to approximate it via numerical methods and to implement those in a software tool. For each level of complexity which has to be achieved, a comparison with existing experimental data has to be accomplished. In particular, these datasets have is to be used to obtain a realistic parametrization of the model via inverse modelling.

  • Modelling of the reactive transport of contaminants in the (un-)saturated zone for the prognosis of natural attenuation

    (Third Party Funds Group – Sub project)

    Overall project: Kontrollierter natürlicher Rückhalt und Abbau von Schadstoffen bei der Sanierung kontaminierter Böden und Grundwässer (BMBF Förderschwerpunkt KORA)
    Term: 01-04-2004 - 31-12-2008
    Funding source: BMBF / Verbundprojekt

    The evaluation of the potential of contaminated sites concerning natural attenuation needs comprehensive process descriptions and accurate, reliable numerical algorithms. Numerical errors may lead to qualitatively completely wrong conclusions concerning the potential of the site for degradation. It has been developed a comprehensive and flexible simulation tool, that is outstanding concerning the variety of processes, the quality and efficiency of the calculations ensured by modern numerical methods as well as the usability. The existing software platform RICHY has been extended, which is already intensely and successfully used by universities, institutes and consultants for the simulation of reactive transport and parameter identification. Among previous modules for coupled sufactant transport, preferential, unsaturated flow or carrier facilitated transport the project could realize new model components that surpass most of all existing software packages. The extensions contain complete descriptions of microbially catalysed degradation with arbitrary reaction partners and inhibition, general multicomponent reactions including the effects of ionic strength, as well as mineral dissolution and precipitation. The efficient and highly accurate, newly developed mathematical solution algorithms for the resulting coupled systems of partial differential equations could show their quality in complex international benchmark studies. Locally mass conserving, mixed hybrid finite element discretisations of the flow problem have been combined with globally implicit, reactive multicomponent models. Novel reduction methods for the latter rely on the linear transformation of the equation systems and variables and lead to the consideration of conservation quantities which can be handled efficiently, as a part of the transport – reaction – equations decouples. Another approach that has been pursued simultaneously relies on a modified Newton method and results in efficiency enhancements by the neglection of coupling terms in the Jacobian matrix. This algorithm can be applied fully adaptively, in 1D as well as in 2D. Both approaches could be combined with adaptive techniques for the automatic, efficient choice of time steps and spatial grid sizes, which makes the calculation of these complex problems feasible on PCs.

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