DECOUPLING COMPLEX PHENOMENA
We are involved in several international projects within the European Horizon 2020 Framework. The topics include research on advanced deposition technologies, health effects of climate change, smart thermal solutions for body protection, and advanced biomedical applications.
Simulation Technologies Laboratory (SIMTECH Lab) is a research laboratory in the Transport Phenomena Research Centre, in the Engineering Faculty of Porto University (CEFT/FEUP), Portugal.
We develop numerical techniques to model and simulate the transport phenomena in materials, products and systems. We investigate the performance of envisaged solutions, to identify performance controlling mechanisms. We enable virtual testing and optimization of concepts, before prototypes are built.
Our research bridges different fields of science, e.g. Engineering, Biology, Physiology or Materials Science, with a focus on the modelling and simulation of transport processes at different scales and boundary conditions. Primary focus includes:
Optimization of advanced microfluidics applications (reaction, separation, BioTech)
Integrated transport problems within and around the human body (body + environment, MedTech, Automotive)
Smart solutions for body thermal protection (active cooling/heating, latent heat storage systems, ProTech, Sports)
Analysis of bacteria motion and mass exchange (MedTech, BioTech)
analysis of body thermoregulation
and heat stress
firefighting gear and active protection
analysis of transport rates within the body
extreme sports gear and smart protection
motion and mass exchange of bacteria
Our research is funded in the framework of European Research Programs.
Our team puts together researchers with diverse background, education and expertise. It includes post-doctoral and doctoral reseachers, visiting researchers, engineers, master students and support staff.
Tiago Sotto Mayor is the Founder of the SIMTECH Lab and Principal Investigator in the Transport Phenomena Research Centre, at the Engineering Faculty of Porto University (CEFT/FEUP). His research focusses on the modelling and simulation of transport processes at different scales, to identify dynamics, controlling features and opportunities to intervene.
João Vale is a PhD candidate at SIMTECH Lab. With a background in Bioengineering and strong interest in modelling and simulation of transport processes, he uses numerical approaches to investigate the performance of microfluidic devices used to control diffusive/reactive processes and to guide synthesis in supramolecular systems. He is also interested in modelling of the body thermoregulatory system and its dependency on thermal environments around it.
Pedro Alves is a researcher at SIMTECH Lab. He has a Master in Bioengineering with a specialization on Biomedical applications. With expertise in image analysis and modelling of transport processes, he uses numerical approaches to investigate and predict the activity of brown adipose tissue. He is also interested in the prediction of the thermal exchanges of humans in automotive environments.
Leonidas Ioanou is a visiting Doctoral student from the University of Thessaly (FAMELAB). With a background in Sports Science, he investigates the behavioural and physiological mechanisms of the human thermoregulatory system. He is collaborating with SIMTECH Lab researchers to find ways to advance the cooling capacity of smart products.
Lydia Tsoutsoubi is a visiting Doctoral student from the University of Thessaly (FAMELAB). She has a post-graduation in Exercise & Health and she investigates the parameters controlling the vasomotion functions of the body thermoregulatory system. Part of her research is done at SIMTECH Lab focussing on the link between physiology and performance of smart cooling solutions.
Open position - Researcher on modelling and simulation of transport processes in microfluidic applications. More information here.
Transport Phenomena Research Centre
Engineering Faculty of Porto University
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias,
4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Tel: +351 22 508 1687
Fax: +351 22 508 1449