The BICEP Lab
(in a cave, 1200ft underground, in Tennessee)
Welcome! We are a lab interested in all things squishy and biomechanics related from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), lead by Nick Battista, an assistant professor in the Mathematics and Statistics Department.
Our chief research focus has been studying cardiac flows in various stages of heart morphogenesis; however, we have investigate many other interesting phenomena in biomechanics, math physiology, and fluid-structure interactions using mathematical modeling.
Nick is the creator and main contributor of a various numerical tools for research, teaching, and recreational purposes, which are available on my GitHub site. In particular we primarily use his software package, IB2d, for studying fluid-structure interaction problems, which allows for a robust construction of an immersed boundary.
OUR LATEST RESEARCH
A chief focus is modeling cardiac flows in various stages of heart morphogenesis, ranging from the linear heart tube stage until when the chambers have developed and the heart begins pumping in a similar fashion to its adult counterpart.
Part of our research has been developing computational tools that help decrease the learning curve for students and scientists, who have minimal programming experience, to perform fluid-structure interaction models and other CFD simulations at an accelerated rate.
MAT128 Calculus B Online Resources:
Congrats to Mike Mongelli whose 1st first author manuscript was just accepted in Fluids! In this work, we studied the underlying fluid dynamics of pendulums, compared the results with the canonical reduced-order model of a damped pendulum, and discussed unsuspecting, interesting results! Here's the info:
M. Mongelli, .A. Battista, A Swing of Beauty: Pendulums, Fluids, Forces, and Computers. Fluids 5(2): 48 (2020) LINK
Our work in which we provide a collection of open-source fluid solver codes (each with numerous built-in examples) to the scientific community has been published. Here's the info:
N.A. Battista, suite-CFD: an array of fluid solvers written in MATLAB and Python. Fluids 5(1): 28 (2020) LINK
Our manuscript titled, "Fluid-Structure Interaction for the Classroom: Interpolations, Hearts, and Swimming!" was accepted and is in production with SIAM Review (SIREV)
Jason Miles second manuscript, "Naut Your Everyday Jellyfish Model: Exploring How Tentacles and Oral Arms Impact Locomotion" was published in Fluids 4(3): 169 (2019)! Congrats, Jason! Check it out!
BICEP LAB NEWS!
IB2d SIMULATION OF THE MONTH!
"Jellyfish w/ Tentacles/Oral Arms!"
Jason Miles, Undergraduate Math Major, TCNJ
IB2d simulation of a jellyfish with tentacles and oral arms by Jason Miles. Check out the paper: J.G. Miles, N.A. Battista, "Naut Your Everyday Jellyfish Model: Exploring How Tentacles and Oral Arms Impact Locomotion" Fluids 4(3): 169 (2019) Check it out!
(Image Credit: Gem Perkins, SoS TCNJ)