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Rice University, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
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Loïc Cappanera

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Rice University
Duncall Hall
6100 Main Street MS-134
Houston, TX 77005
Office:   DCH 2001
Dpt. Fax:   + 1 713 348 5318
Email:  loic.cappanera <at>
Curriculum Vitae:   pdf



  • CAAM 519 Fall 2107. See the course's webpage "here".

Research Interests

  • Scientific Computing (numerical implementation and validation of algorithm in Computational Fluid Dynamics)
  • Entropy viscosity as a non-linear stabilization method for Navier-Stokes equations
  • Multiphase Computational Fluid Dynamics (level set method, approximation methods for problems with variable density, dynamical viscosity and electrical conductivity)
  • Magnetohydrodynamics (precessing cylinder, Von Kármán flow, Liquid Metal Battery)
  • Porous media (Black oil model)

The code SFEMaNS

  • The documentation is available "here".

Publications in refereed Journals

[1] W. Herreman, C. Nore, L. Cappanera, J.-L. Guermond, "Tayler instability in liquid metal columns and liquid metal batteries", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 771 (2015) 79-114. (Reprint).
[2] L. Cappanera, J.-L. Guermond, J. Léorat , C. Nore, "Two spinning ways for precession dynamo", Physical Review E, 93, (2016) 043113. (Reprint).
[3] C. Nore, D. Castanon Quiroz, L. Cappanera and J.-L. Guermond, "Direct numerical simulation of the axial dipolar dynamo in the Von-Karman-Sodium experiment", Euro. Phys. Letters, 114, (2016) 65002. (Reprint).
[4] L. Cappanera, J.-L. Guermond, W. Herreman, C. Nore, "Momentum based approximation of incompressible multiphase fluid flows", Int. J. Numer. Meth. Fluids (2017); 1-23, DOI: 10.1002/fld.4467. (Reprint).
[5] R. Zanella, C. Nore, F. Bouillault, L. Cappanera, I. Tomas, X. Mininger and J.-L. Guermond, "Study of Magnetoconvection Impact on a Coil Cooling by Ferrofluid with a Spectral / Finite Element Method", IEE Transactions on Magnetics (2017), DOI: 10.1109/TMAG.2017.2749539 . (Reprint).
[6] (submitted) C. Nore, D. Castanon Quiroz, L. Cappanera and J.-L. Guermond, "Numerical simulation of the Von-Karman-Sodium experiment".