Federico Toschi

Federico Toschi
Eindhoven University of Technology | TUE · Department of Applied Physics and Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

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Introduction
Professor Federico Toschi holds the chair of Computational Physics of Multi-scale Transport Phenomena in the department of Physics and in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology and within the 3TU Centre of Excellence for Multiscale Phenomena. His research interests include fluid dynamics turbulence, statistical physics, micro and nano-fluids, numerical methods for fluid dynamics, high-performance computing.
Additional affiliations
January 2008 - present
Eindhoven University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Full)
January 2007 - present
Italian National Research Council
Position
  • CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
January 2003 - December 2007
Education
November 1995 - November 1998
Università di Pisa
Field of study
  • Physics
November 1990 - November 1995

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Publications (393)
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This chapter explores the shift in the balance of individual versus collective values instigated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The incredible viral spread rate among the population and its relatively high fatality rate has initially resulted in an assertion of the primacy of collective values (such as collective safety, collective responsibility, confo...
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Routing choices of walking pedestrians in geometrically complex environments are regulated by the interplay of a multitude of factors such as local crowding, (estimated) time to destination, (perceived) comfort. As individual choices combine, macroscopic traffic flow patterns emerge. Understanding the physical mechanisms yielding macroscopic traffi...
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The development of turbulence closure models, parametrizing the influence of small nonresolved scales on the dynamics of large resolved ones, is an outstanding theoretical challenge with vast applicative relevance. We present a closure, based on deep recurrent neural networks, that quantitatively reproduces, within statistical errors, Eulerian and...
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The importance of accurately capturing two-way coupled interactions between particles with complex shapes and rarefied gas flows is rapidly rising in different practical applications such as aerospace industry and semiconductor manufacturing. The transport of particles in these conditions is often modelled via an Euler-Lagrangian Point-Particles ap...
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The growth and evolution of microbial populations is often subjected to advection by fluid flows in spatially extended environments, with immediate consequences for questions of spatial population genetics in marine ecology, planktonic diversity and origin of life scenarios. Here, we review recent progress made in understanding this rich problem in...
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We reanalysed the induced seismicity data from the Groningen gas reservoir. We used the well-maintained induced event catalogue of the KNMI. The distributions of seismic moments and interevent times show a power law behaviour over several decades, and we find that upon increasing the magnitude threshold, these distributions remained scale-invariant...
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Non-isothermal particles suspended in a fluid lead to complex interactions – the particles respond to changes in the fluid flow, which in turn is modified by their temperature anomaly. Here, we perform a novel proof-of-concept numerical study based on tracer particles that are thermally coupled to the fluid. We imagine that particles can adjust the...
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In this paper, we consider a simplified model of turbulence for large Reynolds numbers driven by a constant power energy input on large scales. In the statistical stationary regime, the behaviour of the kinetic energy is characterized by two well-defined phases: a laminar phase where the kinetic energy grows linearly for a (random) time t w followe...
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Ecological interactions among phytoplankton occur in a moving fluid environment. Oceanic flows can modulate the competition and coexistence between phytoplankton populations, which in turn can affect ecosystem function and biogeochemical cycling. We explore the impact of submesoscale velocity gradients on phytoplankton ecology using observations, s...
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The development of turbulence closure models, parametrizing the influence of small non-resolved scales on the dynamics of large resolved ones, is an outstanding theoretical challenge with vast applicative relevance. We present a closure, based on deep recurrent neural networks, that quantitatively reproduces, within statistical errors, Eulerian and...
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Routing choices of walking pedestrians in geometrically complex environments are regulated by the interplay of a multitude of factors such as local crowding, (estimated) time to destination, (perceived) comfort. As individual choices combine, macroscopic traffic flow patterns emerge. Understanding the physical mechanisms yielding macroscopic traffi...
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High-fidelity pedestrian tracking in real-life conditions has been an important tool in fundamental crowd dynamics research allowing to quantify statistics of relevant observables including walking velocities, mutual distances and body orientations. As this technology advances, it is becoming increasingly useful also in society. In fact, continued...
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By varying the oil volume fraction, the microscopic droplet size and the macroscopic rheology of emulsions are investigated in a Taylor-Couette (TC) turbulent shear flow. Although here oil and water in the emulsions have almost the same physical properties (density and viscosity), unexpectedly, we find that oil-in-water (O/W) and water-in-oil (W/O)...
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In this work we present a simple routing model capable of capturing pedestrians path choices in the presence of a herding effect. The model is tested and validated against data from a large scale tracking campaign which we have conducted during the GLOW 2019 festival. The choice between alternative paths is modeled as an individual cost minimizatio...
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The capability to simulate a two-way coupled interaction between a rarefied gas and an arbitrary-shaped colloidal particle is important for many practical applications, such as aerospace engineering, lung drug delivery, and semiconductor manufacturing. By means of numerical simulations based on the direct-simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method, we in...
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The deformation and dynamics of a single droplet in isotropic turbulence is studied using a Lattice Boltzmann diffuse interface model involving exact boundary flow conditions to allow for the creation of an external turbulent flow. We focus on a small, sub-Kolmogorov droplet, whose scale is much smaller than the Kolmogorov length scale of the turbu...
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The growth and evolution of microbial populations is often subjected to advection by fluid flows in spatially extended environments, with immediate consequences for questions of spatial population genetics in marine ecology, planktonic diversity and origin of life scenarios. Here, we review recent progress made in understanding this rich problem in...
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We study the diffusivity of a small particle immersed in a square box filled with a non-ideal multicomponent fluid in the presence of thermal fluctuations. Our approach is based on the numerical integration of fluctuating lattice Boltzmann models (LBM) for multicomponent mixtures. At changing the wettability on the particle's surface, we measure th...
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Active nematic fluids confined in narrow channels are known to generate spontaneous flows when the activity is sufficiently intense. Recently, it was demonstrated [R. Green, J. Toner, and V. Vitelli, Phys. Rev. Fluids 2, 104201 (2017)] that if the molecular anchoring at the channel walls is conflicting, i.e., perpendicular on one plate and parallel...
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Stabilized dense emulsions display a rich phenomenology connecting microstructure and rheology. In this work we study how an emulsion with a finite yield stress can be built via large-scale stirring. By gradually increasing the volume fraction of the dispersed minority phase, under the constant action of a stirring force, we are able to achieve vol...
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We present mesoscale numerical simulations based on the coupling of the fluctuating lattice Boltzmann method for multicomponent systems with a wetted finite-size particle model. This newly coupled methodologies are used to study the motion of a spherical particle driven by a constant body force in a confined channel with a fixed square cross sectio...
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Active nematic fluids confined in narrow channels generate spontaneous flows when the activity is sufficiently intense. Recently, it was shown that if the molecular anchoring at the channel walls is conflicting flows are initiated even in the zero activity limit. An analytical laminar velocity profile for this specific configuration was derived wit...
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A model based on the Lattice Boltzmann method is developed to study the flow of reactive electro-kinetic fluids in porous media. The momentum, concentration and electric/potential fields are simulated via the Navier–Stokes, advection–diffusion/Nernst–Planck and Poisson equations, respectively. With this model, the total density and velocity fields,...
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We report and discuss, by means of pore-scale numerical simulations, the possibility of achieving a directional-dependent two-phase flow behavior during the process of invasion of a viscous fluid into anisotropic porous media with controlled design. By customising the pore-scale morphology and heterogeneities with the adoption of anisotropic triang...
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The performances of the Color-Gradient (CG) and of the Shan-Chen (SC) multicomponent Lattice Boltzmann models are quantitatively compared side-by-side on multiple physical flow problems where breakup, coalescence and contraction of fluid ligaments are important. The flow problems are relevant to microfluidic applications, jetting of microdroplets a...
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The dynamics of a population expanding into unoccupied habitat has been primarily studied for situations in which growth and dispersal parameters are uniform in space or vary in one dimension. Here, we study the influence of finite-sized individual inhomogeneities and their collective effect on front speed if randomly placed in a two-dimensional ha...
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Genetic diversity is at the basis of the evolution process of populations and it is responsible for the populations' degree of fitness to a particular ecosystem. In marine environments many factors play a role in determining the dynamics of a population, including the amount of nutrients, the temperature, and many other stressing factors. An import...
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Soft glassy materials such as mayonnaise, wet clays, or dense microgels display a solid-to-liquid transition under external shear. Such a shear-induced transition is often associated with a nonmonotonic stress response in the form of a stress maximum referred to as “stress overshoot.” This ubiquitous phenomenon is characterized by the coordinates o...
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Yield stress fluids (YSFs) display a dual nature highlighted by the existence of a critical stress σy such that YSFs are solid for stresses σ imposed below σy, whereas they flow like liquids for σ>σy. Under an applied shear rate γ̇, the solid-to-liquid transition is associated with a complex spatiotemporal scenario that depends on the microscopic d...
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High-fidelity pedestrian tracking in real-life conditions has been an important tool in fundamental crowd dynamics research allowing to quantify statistics of relevant observables including walking velocities, mutual distances and body orientations. As this technology advances, it is becoming increasingly useful also in society. In fact, continued...
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The capability to simulate a two-way coupled interaction between a rarefied gas and an arbitrary-shaped colloidal particle is important for many practical applications, such as aerospace engineering, lung drug deliver and semiconductor manufacturing. By means of numerical simulations based on the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method, we inve...
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We report and discuss, by means of pore-scale numerical simulations, the possibility of achieving a directional-dependent two-phase flow behaviour during the process of invasion of a viscous fluid into anisotropic porous media with controlled design. By customising the pore-scale morphology and heterogeneities with the adoption of anisotropic trian...
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In this paper, we consider a simplified model of turbulence for large Reynolds numbers driven by a constant power energy input on large scales. In the statistical stationary regime, the behaviour of the kinetic energy is characterised by two well defined phases: a laminar phase where the kinetic energy grows linearly for a (random) time $t_w$ follo...
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Using lattice Boltzmann simulations we investigate the impact of the amplitude of concentration fluctuations in binary fluid mixtures prior to demixing when in contact with a surface that is preferentially wet by one of the components. We find a bicontinuous structure near the surface for an initial, prequench state of the mixture close to the crit...
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Soft glassy materials such as mayonnaise, wet clays, or dense microgels display under external shear a solid-to-liquid transition. Such a shear-induced transition is often associated with a non-monotonic stress response, in the form of a stress maximum referred to as "stress overshoot". This ubiquitous phenomenon is characterized by the coordinates...
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Yield stress fluids (YSFs) display a dual nature highlighted by the existence of a yield stress such that YSFs are solid below the yield stress, whereas they flow like liquids above it. Under an applied shear rate $\dot\gamma$, the solid-to-liquid transition is associated with a complex spatiotemporal scenario. Still, the general phenomenology repo...
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Understanding the dynamical evolution of a percolating network during liquid–liquid demixing is crucial for many technological applications, including plastic electronics, such as organic photovoltaics, whose performance depends on the efficiency to transport the positive and negative charge carriers to the corresponding electrodes. The transport a...
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Significance Landscapes, resulting from ice–water interactions coupled with solidification/melting, are ubiquitous in nature, yet most previous studies have not considered the rich fluid dynamics induced by water density anomaly underneath the moving ice front, which can drastically change system behaviors. By experiments, numerical simulations, an...
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Turbulence, the ubiquitous and chaotic state of fluid motions, is characterized by strong and statistically nontrivial fluctuations of the velocity field, and it can be quantitatively described only in terms of statistical averages. Strong nonstationarities impede statistical convergence, precluding quantifying turbulence, for example, in terms of...
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We investigate and compare the accuracy and efficiency of different numerical approaches to model the dynamics of finite-size particles using the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). This includes the standard bounce-back (BB) and the equilibrium interpolation (EI) schemes. To accurately compare the different implementations, we first introduce a bounda...
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Turbulent emulsions are complex physical systems characterized by a strong and dynamical coupling between small-scale droplets and large-scale rheology. By using a specifically designed Taylor-Couette (TC) shear flow system, we are able to characterize the statistical properties of a turbulent emulsion made of oil droplets dispersed in an ethanol-w...
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Physical distancing, as a measure to contain the spreading of Covid-19, is defining a "new normal". Unless belonging to a family, pedestrians in shared spaces are asked to observe a minimal (country-dependent) pairwise distance. Coherently, managers of public spaces may be tasked with the enforcement or monitoring of this constraint. As privacy-res...
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Modeling the behavior of pedestrians walking in crowds is an outstanding fundamental challenge, deeply connected with the physics of flowing active matter. The strong societal relevance of the topic, for its relations with individual safety and comfort, sparked vast modeling efforts from multiple scientific communities. Yet, likely because of the t...
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In this paper, we tackle the issue of measuring and understanding the visitors’ dynamics in a crowded museum in order to create and calibrate a predictive mathematical model. The model is then used as a tool to manage, control and optimize the fruition of the museum. Our contribution comes with one successful use case, the Galleria Borghese in Rome...
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Thermal convection is ubiquitous in nature as well as in many industrial applications. The identification of effective control strategies to, e.g. suppress or enhance the convective heat exchange under fixed external thermal gradients is an outstanding fundamental and technological issue. In this work, we explore a novel approach, based on a state-...
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Convective flows coupled with solidification or melting in water bodies play a major role in shaping geophysical landscapes. Particularly in relation to the global climate warming scenario, it is essential to be able to accurately quantify how water-body environments dynamically interplay with ice formation or melting process. Previous studies have...
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We investigate in real-life conditions and with very high accuracy the dynamics of body rotation, or yawing, of walking pedestrians—a highly complex task due to the wide variety in shapes, postures and walking gestures. We propose a novel measurement method based on a deep neural architecture that we train on the basis of generic physical propertie...
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Physical distancing, as a measure to contain the spreading of Covid-19, is defining a "new normal". Unless belonging to a family, pedestrians in shared spaces are asked to observe a minimal (country-dependent) pairwise distance. Coherently, managers of public spaces may be tasked with the enforcement or monitoring of this constraint. As privacy-res...
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Using a multi-component lattice Boltzmann (LB) model, we perform fluid kinetic simulations of confined and concentrated emulsions. The system presents the phenomenology of soft-glassy materials, including a Herschel–Bulkley rheology, yield stress, ageing and long relaxation time scales. Shearing the emulsion in a Couette cell below the yield stress...
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A lattice Boltzmann (LB) model is developed, validated and used to study simplified plasma/flow problems in complex geometries. This approach solves a combined set of equations, namely the Navier–Stokes equations for the momentum field, the advection–diffusion and the Nernst–Planck equations for electrokinetic and the Poisson equation for the elect...
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The focus of this research is to delineate the thermal behavior of a rarefied monatomic gas confined between horizontal hot and cold walls, physically known as rarefied Rayleigh-Bénard (RB) convection. Convection in a rarefied gas appears only for high temperature differences between the horizontal boundaries, where nonlinear distributions of tempe...
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The deformation and dynamics of a single droplet in isotropic turbulence is studied using a Lattice Boltzmann diffuse interface model involving exact boundary flow conditions [1] to allow for the creation of an external turbulent flow. We focus on a small, sub-Kolmogorov droplet, whose scale is much smaller than the Kolmogorov length scale of the t...
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This paper presents the performance analysis for both the computing performance and the energy efficiency of a Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) based application, used to simulate three-dimensional multicomponent turbulent systems on massively parallel architectures for high-performance computing. Extending results reported in previous works, the ana...
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We study the diffusivity of a small particle immersed in a square box filled with a non-ideal multicomponent fluid in the presence of thermal fluctuations. Our approach is based on the numerical integration of fluctuating lattice Boltzmann models (LBM) for multicomponent mixtures. At changing the wettability on the particle's surface, we measure th...
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Thermal convection is ubiquitous in nature as well as in many industrial applications. The identification of effective control strategies to, e.g., suppress or enhance the convective heat exchange under fixed external thermal gradients is an outstanding fundamental and technological issue. In this work, we explore a novel approach, based on a state...
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We tackle the challenge of reliably and automatically localizing pedestrians in real-life conditions through overhead depth imaging at unprecedented high-density conditions. Leveraging upon a combination of Histogram of Oriented Gradients-like feature descriptors, neural networks, data augmentation and custom data annotation strategies, this work c...
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We introduce “Moving Light”: an unprecedented real-life crowd steering experiment that involved about 140.000 participants among the visitors of the Glow 2017 Light Festival (Eindhoven, NL). Moving Light targets one outstanding question of paramount societal and technological importance: “can we seamlessly and systematically influence routing decis...
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We present a mathematical model describing the evolution of sea ice and meltwater during summer. The system is described by two coupled partial differential equations for the ice thickness h and pond depth w fields. We test the sensitivity of the model to variations of parameters controlling fluid-dynamic processes at the pond level, namely the var...
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We study droplet dynamics and breakup in generic time-dependent flows via a multi-component lattice Boltzmann algorithm, with emphasis on flow startup conditions. We first study droplet breakup in a confined oscillatory shear flow via two different protocols. In one setup, we start from an initially spherical droplet and turn on the flow abruptly (...
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Topological structures are effective descriptors of the nonequilibrium dynamics of diverse many-body systems. For example, motile, point-like topological defects capture the salient features of two-dimensional active liquid crystals composed of energy-consuming anisotropic units. We dispersed force-generating microtubule bundles in a passive colloi...
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By means of high-resolution numerical simulations, we compare the statistical properties of homogeneous and isotropic turbulence to those of the Navier-Stokes equation where small-scale vortex filaments are strongly depleted, thanks to a nonlinear extra viscosity acting preferentially on high vorticity regions. We show that the presence of such sma...