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Gianluca Blois

Gianluca Blois

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Research Assistant Professor
College of Engineering

Email: gblois@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-3157

Office: 115 Hessert Aerospace Research Center


Ph.D., Polytechnic University of Milan, 2007

M.S., Polytechnic University of Milan, 2003


Gianluca Blois received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Politecnico di Milano University, Italy in 2007. After spending one year as Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Birmingham (UK), he then moved to the Departments of Geology and Mechanical Engineering at the University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has been holding the Jackson Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is a member of the Carbon Dioxide Storage Division of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) based at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. His research interests include a number of environmental problems with focus on multiphase flow through porous media and bedform morphodynamics. A main aspect of his research involves the development and application of cutting-edge experimental fluid dynamics techniques that include microfluidics and large-scale facilities. He led in the pioneering development of two world-class Refractive Index Matching (RIM) facilities at the University of Illinois that were designed to investigate high-Reynolds numbers geophysical flow problems such as bedforms interaction and turbulence penetration into permeable walls. 

Summary of Activities/Interests

Physical modelling of porous media and development of cutting-edge experimental techniques to quantify complex flow phenomena including multiphase flow, turbulence and contaminant transport. Techniques include Micro-PIV, Refractive Index Matching (RIM) and Endoscopic PIV.

Fluid-structure interaction with particular interest on environmental and geophysical flows. Emphasis is given to flow around complex naturally occurring bedform systems including three-dymensional, permeable and interacting bedforms.

Recent Publications

    • Kazemifar, F., G. BloisD.C. Kyritsis and K.T. Christensen, “Quantifying the Flow Dynamics of Supercritical CO2-Water Displacement in a 2D Porous Micromodel Using Fluorescent Microscopy and Microscopic PIV,” Advances In Water Resources (2015). Doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.05.011.
    • Kazemifar, F., G. BloisD.C. Kyritsis and K.T. Christensen, "A Methodology for Velocity Field Measurement in Multiphase High-Pressure Flow of CO2 and Water in Micromodels", Water Resources Research (2015). DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016787.
    • Blois, G., J.M. Barros and K.T. Christensen, “A Microscopic Particle Image Velocimetry Method for Studying the Dynamics of Immiscible Liquid–Liquid Interactions in a Porous Micromodel,” Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (2015). DOI: 10.1007/S10404-014-1537-1.
    • Blois, G., J.L. Best, G.H. Sambrook Smith and R.J. Hardy, “Effect of Bed Permeability and Hyporheic Flow on Turbulent Flow Over Bedforms,” Geophysical Research Letters (2014). DOI: 10.1002/2014GL060906.
    • Blois, G, J.L. Best, K.T. Christensen, R.J. Hardy and G.H. Sambrook Smith, “Coherent Flow Structures in the Pore Spaces of Permeable Beds Underlying a Unidirectional Turbulent Boundary Layer: a Review and Some New Experimental Results,” In: Coherent Structures In Flows At The Earth's Surface Edited By J.G. Venditti, J.L. Best, M. Church, R.J. Hardy. Blackwell Pub. ISBN-10: 1118527224, 2013.
    • Blois, G., G.H. Sambrook Smith, J. L. Best, R.J. Hardy and J. R. Lead (2012). Quantifying The Dynamics of Flow Within a Permeable Bed Using Time-Resolved Endoscopic Particle Imaging Velocimetry (EPIV). Experiments In Fluids, 53(1), 51-76. (2012). DOI: 10.1007/S00348-011-1198-8.
    • Malavasi S. and G.Blois “Wall Effects on the Flow Structure Around a Rectangular Cylinder,” Meccanica. 47(4), 805-815. (2012) DOI: 10.1007/S11012-009-9199-X.