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Diogo Bolster

Diogo  Bolster

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Phone: 574-631-0965
Office: Cushing Hall Room 120C

Summary of Activities/Interests

There is an ever-growing concern for the impact we have on the earth and its resources. As such, it has become critical to study and understand the influence of our actions so as to minimize negative impacts and continue to fruitfully exploit the resources available. Motivated by this and his personal passion for fluid dynamics, most of Dr. Bolster's research to date has concerned the study of environmental fluid flows and contaminant transport across a wide range of scales and scenarios from groundwater flows in porous media, to confined buoyancy-driven flows in enclosed spaces such as buildings to larger scale buoyancy-driven atmospheric flows such as gravity currents.

In most projects, Dr. Bolster has developed simple mathematical and numerical models in the hope of providing useful and useable tools to practitioners and policy makers for whom such tools are essential for effective decision-making. He has also run laboratory scale experiments to obtain further insight into the physical phenomena taking place and to verify the models he developed.

The specific areas of research in which Dr. Bolster works include: contaminant transport in coastal aquifers, multiphase flow and reactive contaminant transport in heterogeneous porous media (with potential applications to CO2 sequestration), pore scale modeling of contaminant transport, probabilistic risk assessment relating to contamination scenarios, intrusive gravity currents, transient flows in naturally ventilated spaces, contaminant transport in lo- energy buildings and vortex rings.


Undergrad Degree: University College Dublin, Ireland
(Dept of Mechanical Engineering)
Grad Degree: University of California San Diego
(Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
Post-doctoral experience: Polytechnic University of Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain
(Dept of Geotechnical Engineering and Geosciences)


UCSD Dept. of Mechanical Engineering 'Outstanding Graduate Student Award' (2007)
Institute of Mechanical Engineers 'Frederic Barnes Waldron' Best Student Prize (2002)
Institute of Mechanical Engineers 'Institution Best Student Award' (2000)
1st Place - Ireland Young Engineer Essay Competition (1998)



V Vilarrasa, D Bolster, S Olivella, J Carrera
"Coupled Hydromechanical Modeling of CO2 Sequestration in Deep Saline Aquifers," International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, In Press

V Vilarrasa, D Bolster, M Dentz, S Olivella, J Carrera
"Effects of CO2 Compressibility on CO2 Storage in Deep Saline Aquifers
Transport in Porous Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11242-010-9582-z, In Press

D. Bolster, R.E. Hershberger and RJ Donnelly
Oscillating pendulum decay: Vortex ring induced drag," Physical Review E, 81, 046317, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.81.046317

D. Bolster, F.J. Valdés-Parada, T. Le Borgne, M. Dentz and J.Carrera
"Mixing in Confined Stratified Aquifers,"
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology , doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2010.02.003, In Press

Benjamin Maurer, Diogo Bolster and Paul F Linden
"Intrusive gravity currents between two stably stratified fluids,"
Journal of Fluid Mechanics , doi:10.1017/S0022112009993752, Volume 647, P 53-69


Xavier Sanchez-Vila, Diogo Bolster
"An Analytical Approach to Transient Homovalent Cation Exchange[TP1] Problems,"
Journal of Hydrology , Volume 378, Issues 3-4, 30 November 2009, Pages 281-289

Marco Dentz, Jesus Carrera, Diogo Bolster, Tanguy Le Borgne
"Multipoint concentration statistics for transport in stratified random velocity fields,"
Physical Review E 80, 036306

Donado LD, Sanchez-Vila X, Dentz M, Carrera J and Bolster D
"Multi-component reactive transport in multi-continuum media,"
Water Resources Research , 45, W11402, doi:10.1029/2008WR006823

Dentz Marco, Bolster Diogo and Le Borgne Tanguy (2009)
"Concentration statistics for transport in random media,"
Physical Review E 80, 010101

Bolster D, LeBorgne T and Dentz M (2009)
"Solute dispersion in channels with periodically varying apertures,"
Physics of Fluids , 21, 056601

Bolster D., Barahona , Dentz M., Fernandez Garcia D., Sanchez-Vila X., Trichero P,
Volhondo C, Tartakovsky DM (2009)
"Probabilistic Risk Assessment applied to contamination scenarios in porous media,"
Water Resources Research , 45, W06413, doi:10.1029/2008WR007551.

Bolster D., Dentz M., Carrera J (2009)
"Effective Two-Phase flow in heterogeneous media under temporal pressure fluctuations,"
Water Resources Research , 45, W05408, doi:10.1029/2008WR007460.

Bolster D., Linden P.F. (2009)
"Particle Transport in Low-Energy Ventilation Systems. Part 2: Transients and Experiments, "
Indoor Air , 19, 130-144

Bolster D., Linden P.F. (2009)
"Particle Transport in Low Energy Ventilation Systems. Part 1: Theory of Steady States,"
Indoor Air, 19, 122-129

A. M. Tartakovsky, D. Bolster, and D. M. Tartakovsky (2009)
"Identification of Layered Structures of the Vadose Zone from Electrical Resistivity
Vadose Journal , 7, 1253


Tijera M., Cano J.L., Redondo J.M. and Bolster D. (2008)
"Filtered Deterministic Waves and Analysis of the Fractal Dimension of wind velocity components,"
Nuovo Cimento C, 31, 653-667

Bolster D., Linden P.F. (2008)
"Transients in natural ventilation - Sudden Changes in Heat Loading,"
Energy and Buildings Vol 20, 2099-2110

Bolster D., Tartakovsky D.M. (2008)
"Probabilistic Risk Analysis of Contamination in Buildings,"
Indoor Air Vol 18, 351-356

Sullivan IS, Niemela JJ, Hershberger R, Bolster D, Donnelly RJ (2008)
"Dynamics of Thin Vortex Rings,"
Journal of Fluid Mechanics - Vol 609, 319-347

Bolster D., Caulfield C.P. (2008)
"Transients in natural ventilation - A time-periodically-varying source,"
Building Services Engineering Research and Technology - Vol 29, 119-135

Bolster D., Hang A., Linden P.F. (2008)
"The Front Speed of an Intrusive Gravity Current into a Continuously Stratified Medium," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol 594, 369 - 377


Bolster D., Linden P.F. (2007)
"Contaminants in Ventilated Filling Boxes,"
Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 591 , 97 - 116

Bolster D., Tartakovsky D.M., Dentz, M. (2007)
"Analytical Models of Contaminant Transport in Coastal Aquifers,"
Advances in Water Resources,
Vol 30(9) P.1962-1972

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