Electric Ant Lab
Scientific Modelling & Simulations

Virtual High-Fidelity Material Science

Electric Ant Lab is an independent private research laboratory providing contract-research consulting and simulation services in the field of rheology and transport of complex fluids. Complex fluids are everywhere, examples range from blood and paint to smart materials such as liquid body armor and magneto-rheological fluids. In many cases their behaviour is not fully understood and there is large potential for improvements and new applications.

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Examples of complex fluids with very specific rheology and transport properties: Pharmaceutical components in a mixer, care products, ferrofluids, foodstuff, paint, and slurries. Right: Example snapshot of a simulation of a magneto-rheological fluid giving detailed insight into microstructure and how it can be improved to achieve the required flow properties.

Deep Insight into Origins. High-fidelity simulations are extremely powerful tools to understand, predict, and improve the rheology and transport of complex fluids and their processing. They provide quantitative insight into the microstructural origins of rheological effects shown by many complex fluids. Existing material formulations can be better unserstood and new ones can be prototyped without elaborate synthesis and wet-lab experiments. EAL works at the forefront of this technology, pushing its boundaries, and translates it to solutions in scientific and industrial contexts.

Virtual Microfluidics Prototyping

Testing and Optimization of Blood-Processing Microfluidic Devices and Bio-Chips. One specific focus of our work lies on the detailed modeling of flow and transport of blood cells in microfluidic and biomedical devices. Our blood models not only fully resolve relevant physics down to the sub-micrometer scale but also include models for cell biochemistry such as for membrane receptors and factors that play an important role in cellular haemostasis. Using these models transport, adhesion, and aggregation of cells in blood vessels and microfluidic and organ-on-a-chip devices can be predicted.

Non-traditional CFD and High-Performance Computing

We develop state-of-the-art models based on Lattice-Boltzmann Methods (rooted in kinetic theory with deeper physics than just Navier-Stokes) and dynamically adapting rigid-body solvers. High-Performance Computing on parallel computing architectures is an important tool to carry out highly-detailed simulation within reasonable times.

Partners

For research and access to HPC resources we collaborate with a number of partners including:

FP7 Fortissimo EU FP7 project FORTISSIMO
University of Amsterdam University of Amsterdam, Computational Science and Soft Matter research groups
Technical University Eindhoven TU Eindhoven, technical physics
UnterlassLab TU Wien Unterlass Lab, TU Vienna
Sanquin Research and Blood Bank Sanquin, Dutch blood bank and blood research
Lomonosov Moscow State University Lomonosov Moscow State University
SURFsara SURFsara supercomputing center
HLRS Stuttgart HLRS supercomputing center