Seminar series
Fri, 18 Nov 2022
Roberto Camassa
University of North Carolina

Arguably some of the most interesting phenomena in fluid dynamics, both from a mathematical and a physical perspective, stem from the interplay between a fluid and its boundaries. This talk will present some examples of how boundary effects lead to remarkable outcomes.  Singularities can form in finite time as a consequence of the continuum assumption when material surfaces are in smooth contact with horizontal boundaries of a fluid under gravity. For fluids with chemical solutes, the presence of boundaries impermeable to diffusion adds further dynamics which can give rise to self-induced flows and the formation of coherent structures out of scattered assemblies of immersed bodies. These effects can be analytically and numerically predicted by simple mathematical models and observed in “simple” experimental setups. 

Further Information

Roberto Camassa is the Kenan Professor of Mathematics in the College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll. This year he earned the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ Kruskal Prize for his work to advance the understanding of nonlinear wave evolution.


The colloquium is followed by a drinks reception in the common room.

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