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Applied Mathematics Seminars 2011 - 2012


All seminars are held at 16:00pm in room M/2.06, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff unless stated otherwise. All are welcome.

On Tuesdays when a seminar is not scheduled there will be a collaborative research workshop with the Computational Mechanics Group in the School of Engineering (details may be found in the School Diary). There is also participation from other groups within the University at this workshop notably the Geodynamics group in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Programme Organiser and Contact: Prof T N Phillips.

18 October 2011

Speaker: Steve Lind (Manchester Metropolitan).

Title: Incompressible SPH.

Abstract: TBC.

20 October 2011 at 2pm in Room M/1.25

Speaker: David Leppinen (Birmingham).

Title: The interaction of cavitation bubbles with a density interface.

Abstract: TBC.

22 November 2011

Speaker: Tim Reis (Oxford).

Title: Lattice Boltzmann equations for multiphase flows.

Abstract: TBC.

29 November 2011

Speaker: Apala Majumdar (Oxford).

Title: Liquid Crystals - Modelling and Applications.

Abstract: TBC.

6 December 2011

Speaker: Erik Burman (Sussex).

Title: Nitsche type unfitted FEM in fictitious domain methods and XFEM.

Abstract: TBC.

16 January 2012 at 14:00 in Room M/2.06

Speaker: Davide Deganello (Swansea).

Title: Printing of functional fluids: technologies, modelling & challenges.

Abstract: TBC.

7 February 2012 at 16:00 in Room M/2.06

Speaker: Sven Gross (Aachen).

Title:3D incompressible two-phase flow simulations with XFEM.

Abstract: TBC.

21 February 2012

Speaker: Penny Davies (Strathclyde).

Title: Convolution quadrature revisited for integral and boundary integral equations.

Abstract: Convolution quadrature (CQ) methods were introduced by Lubich in 1988 to approximate convolution integrals. More recently they have been used for the temporal approximation of time--dependent boundary integral
equations together with a finite element or collocation approximation in space, because they typically give a more stable numerical algorithm than standard time-stepping methods. The drawback is that the support of the associated CQ basis functions is infinite, which gives rise to dense system matrices and makes the method inefficient. I shall describe some recent work (with Dugald Duncan) which shows how using a spline-based implementation of the CQ methodology can circumvent this.

28 February 2012

Speaker: Olivier Goury (ENGIN).

Title: Algebraic coarse-graining methods in fracture mechanics: tackling local lack of correlation using domain decomposition.

Abstract: TBC.

06 March 2012

Speaker: Robert Owens (Montreal).

Title: A New Incompressible Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics-Immersed Boundary Method

Abstract: In this talk we develop a new smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) method suitable for solving the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations, even with singular forces. Singular source terms are handled in a manner similar to that in the immersed boundary (IB) method of Peskin (2002). The numerical scheme implements a second-order pressure-free projection method due to Kim and Moin (1985) and completely obviates the difficulties that may be faced in prescribing Neumann pressure boundary conditions. The proposed SPH method is first tested on the planar start-up Poiseuille problem and a detailed error analysis is performed. For this problem, the results are similar whether the SPH particles are free to move or fixed on a regular grid. Our hybrid SPH-IB method is then used to calculate the dynamics of a stretched immersed elastic membrane and the advantages in this case of fixing the SPH particles, rather than allowing them to move with the fluid, are discussed.

20 March 2012

Speaker: Anatoly Zhigljavsky (MATHS, Cardiff).

Title: Fast iteration methods for solving linear equations.

Abstract: TBC.

20 March 2012

Speaker: Fehmi Cirak (Cambridge).

Title: Subdivision-stabilised Immersed B-Spline Finite Elements for Fluid-Structure Interaction.

Abstract: TBC.

1 May 2012

Speaker: Peter Bollada (Leeds).

Title: Continuum modelling of crystal formation: "Metal-flakes".

Abstract: Modelling of crystal formation is done using the tools of
non-equilibrium thermodynamics combined with knowledge of the
equilibrium thermodynamics of matter- principally its free energy. In
its equilibrium state the free energy of the material is at its minimum.
Metals can be cooled just below their freezing point and yet remain in
their liquid phase (undercooled liquid). This may be explained by noting
that the free energy has two equilibrium states at this temperature: one
liquid and one solid. If a growing surface, typically a particle of
dust, is introduced into the undercooled liquid a solid crystal forms
very rapidly. The modeling of  this phenomena in a pure metal requires
only two variables: Temperature and Phase,  where the phase variable
typically has value zero for liquid and unity for solid. The interface
between the two states of matter is conveniently spread to make the
resulting coupled PDEs computationally tractable.

15 May 2012

Speaker: Oliver Jensen (Nottingham).

Title: Multiscale models of growth and transport in biological tissues .

Abstract: In building mathematical models of biological tissues, it is often necessary to link phenomena operating at very disparate lengthscales. I will describe two applications, each with a biomechanical flavour, where we have used multiscale approaches to relate microscopic and macroscopic processes. The first is a growing plant root, where a hierarchy of models are needed to connect the action of hormones and enzymes on the walls of individual plant cells to the development of the whole organ. The second example is the human placenta, where maternal blood flows past a disordered array of fetal blood vessels; here we investigate the usefulness ofhomogenization approximations in stochastic domains.