Webinar Series: “Building Computer Models Like Legos: Dynamics and Prediction of Coupled Fluid-Object-Sediment Systems” (July 21 @4PM)
Date: July 21, 2021
Time: 04:00 p.m. GMT-05 (Ecu/Col/Per)
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W2HJj7niR0iq6UnpGWaXrg
Physics-based computer models are widely used in civil and environmental engineering. In the area of river mechanics, many problems involve the complex interactions among flowing water, sediment, and objects (structures). The dynamics and evolution of such coupled fluid-object-sediment systems are of great interest to civil engineers and applied mathematicians. However, due to the complex nature of the coupled physical processes, it is very challenging to build a deterministic computer model. Governing differential equations for all relevant physical processes (turbulent flow, sediment particle transport, granular material behavior, and object motion) need to be solved properly on a dynamically changing domain. This talk will show some progress we made to tackle such difficult problems. The direct application is to predict the fate of underwater objects. However, the computer model developed can be applied to many other similar systems.
About the Keynote Speaker
Dr. Xiaofeng Liu is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State. He got his bachelor’s degree in Hydraulic Engineering from Tsinghua University and a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Peking University, China. He got his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and a second master’s degree in Applied Mathematics in 2008. Dr. Liu’s research interest includes computational fluid dynamics (CFD), sediment transport, and environmental fluid mechanics. His group specializes in the development and utilization of computational models for problems in environmental and water resource engineering. His research is funded by NSF, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USGS, DoD, DoE, DoT, and industry.
About the Webinar Series
We organize monthly webinar series on different topics of environment and engineering presented by invited keynote speakers. These events are co-organized with the National University of San Antonio Abad of Curso, the National University of the Peruvian Amazon, and the National University Hermilio Valdizán.