Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, & Engineering Physics Seminar Series

Research in fluid mechanics, combustion, and engineering physics encompasses a broad spectrum of problems in aerodynamics, ocean-related flows, turbulence, reacting flows, multi-phase and particulate flow hydrodynamics. The research is relevant to a variety of engineering disciplines ranging from the design of airplanes and automobiles, to aerospace guidance and control, to the prediction of the global climate, to bio-fluid dynamics, to flow over magnetic tapes and disks, to industrial fluid mechanics.

Current research areas consist of a combination of experimental, theoretical, and computational programs addressing turbulent flows, the mechanics of two-phase flow, rheology of suspensions, laminar and turbulent combustion, the mechanics of drops and biological cells, flow in porous media, geophysical flows, propellant combustion, microgravity flows, chemical kinetics of combustion systems, vortex dynamics, flow instabilities, enviromental fluid mechanics. Research in the area of combustion is based at the Center for Energy and Combustion Research.

Collaborations with faculty at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography provide a unique environment for graduate students in the Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. The laboratory research facilities consist of several wind tunnels and water channels equipped with modern, nonintrusive optical measurement techniques such as laser Doppler velocimeters, phase Doppler particle analyzes, laser diffraction particle size analyzers, laser-induced fluorescence imaging, and three-dimensional particle tracking. The computational research is carried out on state-of-the-art SUN, HP, and IBM workstations with direct access to the facilities of the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

Return to MAE home page

Fall Quarter 2020: (Current)

December 7, 2020 | 3:00p.m. - 4:15p.m. | Zoom Meeting ID: TBD / Join Link: TBD

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, & Engineering Physics

Mark Merrifield & Adam Young (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Title: TBD

November 30, 2020 | 3:00p.m. - 4:15p.m. | Zoom Meeting ID: TBD / Join Link: TBD

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, & Engineering Physics

Eurika Kaiser (University of Washington)

Title: TBD

November 16, 2020 | Postponed | Zoom Meeting ID: Postponed / Join Link: Postponed

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, & Engineering Physics joint w/ Biomechanics

Cristina Marchetti (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Title: Postponed till Winter or Spring Quarter 2021

November 9, 2020 | 3:00p.m. - 4:15p.m. | Zoom Meeting ID: TBD / Join Link: TBD

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, & Engineering Physics

Jane Wang (Cornell University)

Title: Insect Flight: From Newton’s Law to Neurons

November 2, 2020 | 3:00p.m. - 4:15p.m. | Zoom Meeting ID: TBD / Join Link: TBD

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, & Engineering Physics

Lisa Fauci (Tulane University)

Title: Hydrodynamically-coupled Oscillators in Biofluids

October 26, 2020 | 3:00p.m. - 4:15p.m. | Zoom Meeting ID: 972 9999 3016 | Join Link: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/97299993016

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, & Engineering Physics

Dennice Gayme (John Hopkins University)

Title: Wind Farm Modeling and Control for Power Grid Support (click to view presentation & speaker details)

October 12, 2020 | 3:00p.m. - 4:15p.m. | Zoom Meeting ID: 974 9812 5134 / Join Link: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/97498125134

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, & Engineering Physics

Nick Moore (United States Naval Academy)

Title: Anomalous Waves Induced by an Abrupt Depth Change (click to view presentation & speaker details)

Presentation Recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14JvDA37Tu8Mk3cJitSWKW1lwpc5mTCTk/view?usp=sharing

October 5, 2020 | 3:00p.m. - 4:15p.m. | Zoom Meeting ID: 918 8602 8339 / Join Link: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/91886028339

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion, & Engineering Physics

Clarence Rowley (Princeton University)

Title: Finding Simplicity in Complex Fluid Flows (click to view presentation & speaker details)

Presentation Recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1unn8RbiBg2BEyDRbhrIhjCi3wik6GIF6/view?usp=sharing (Presentation begins at 0:42)

Spring Quarter 2020: (Completed)

CANCELLED, 2020 | CANCELLED | EBU2 479 (von Kármán - Penner Seminar Room)

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

ALL CANCELLED

Title: CANCELLED

Winter Quarter 2020: (Completed)

CANCELLED, 2020 | CANCELLED | EBU2 479 (von Kármán - Penner Seminar Room)

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

ALL CANCELLED

Title: CANCELLED

Fall Quarter 2019: (Completed)

December 9, 2019 | 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479 (von Kármán - Penner Seminar Room)

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Alberto Aliseda (University of Washington)

Title: Fluid Mechanics of Intracranial Aneurysms: Fundamental Aspects & Application to Clinical Decision-Making

December 2, 2019 | 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479 (von Kármán - Penner Seminar Room)

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Elaine Oran (Texas A&M University)

Title: Mechanisms and Occurrence of Detonations in Vapor Cloud Explosions

November 18, 2019 | 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479 (von Kármán - Penner Seminar Room)

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Oliver Fringer (Stanford University)

Title: Wave-Current, Sediment-Laden Boundary Layers in Estuaries

October 28, 2019 | 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479 (von Kármán - Penner Seminar Room)

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Peter Hamlington (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Title: Progress and Challenges in High-Fidelity Numerical Simulations of Combustion and Fire

October 14, 2019 | 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479 (von Kármán - Penner Seminar Room)

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion and Engineering Physics

Gwynn Elfring (the University of British Columbia)

Title: Active Particles in Complex Fluids


October 7, 2019 | 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. | EBU2 479 (von Kármán - Penner Seminar Room)

Fluid Mechanics, Combustion & Engineering Physics

Xiaofeng Liu (San Diego State University)

Title: TBA