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Phil Roe | Colorful Fluid Dynamics: Behind the Scenes

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Published on Feb 19, 2014

Phil Roe, professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, discusses Colorful Fluid Dynamics (CFD), which has become a pervasive mode of investigation into fluid dynamics, and aerodynamics in particular, and how it is important to treat it with the proper mixture of respect and skepticism. This talk will be a backstage tour of CFD. He will cover the history of CFD from the earliest beginnings to the present day. He will show what makes CFD difficult, and describe some of the intellectual breakthroughs that have enabled progress. He will show examples where reliance on CFD can be dangerous, but also describe how CFD can be a source of physical insight. Finally, I will discuss some of the currently active research into CFD methodology, and the effect that it is hoped to have.

Sponsored by the Aerospace Engineering Department (http://www.engin.umich.edu/aero) as a part of the AE585 Seminar lecture series.

Phil Roe, Professor- Aerospace Engineering
Speaker Overview: Education: B.A. 1961, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering. Dip. Aero 1962, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering. Specializations and Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics; Magnetohydrodynamics; and, Electromagnetics.

Speaker Detailed Overview: Education: B.A. 1961, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering. Dip. Aero 1962, University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering. Specializations and Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics; Magnetohydrodynamics; and, Electromagnetics. Honors and Awards: • Honoree, Jameson-Roe-van Leer Symposium, San Diego 2013. • University of Michigan College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, 2000-2001. • 60th Birthday Symposium "Innovative Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations", Arcachan, France, June, 1998, Proceedings published by World Scientific • NASA Group Achievement Award, 1993. • 1981 paper 'Approximate Riemann solvers, parameter vectors and difference schemes' , selected for reprinting in 25th Anniversary issue of Journal of Computational Physics. Citations currently exceed 6000. • Elected AIAA Fellow, 1996, • Departmental Research Award, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 1994

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