UWindsor to host international computational fluid dynamics conference

Up to 80 experts in fluid dynamics from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Iran will meet in Windsor to discuss the latest in research and advancements for the 25th Annual Conference of the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Society of Canada. UWindsor plays host to the conference June 18 to 20.

“The applications of fluid dynamics are endless because you are talking about fluid flow in and around any space or object,” says Ronald Barron, mathematics professor and chair of the conference organizing committee.

Dr. Barron says understanding fluid dynamics is crucial to a broad spectrum of industries, including the aerospace and automotive industry, the nuclear and chemical industry, as well as in civil and environmental engineering. He says computational modelling is essential because lab experiments and full-scale testing are incredibly expensive compared to simulation models.

“From predicting lift forces on aircraft wings, which keep you up in the air, to determining how severely a river’s flow may degrade a pier or even how pollutants flow through the air and water, this can all done through computational modelling,” Barron says.

UWindsor previously hosted the CFD conference in 2002. The Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada promotes computational fluid dynamics and provides a framework for communication and collaboration between researchers, software and code developers and practitioners in industry, government and academia.

“This year we have some great speakers who will focus on undergraduate CFD education challenges and opportunities, recent trends in automotive and civil engineering applications, as well as using gaming industry techniques to help accelerate our calculations using GPUs,” says Barron. “It is a great line-up. This is also a wonderful advertisement for a university of our size to not only host the conference, but to be hosting it for the second time.”

There are still spaces left to attend the conference, which will be held at the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation, UWindsor’s CFD conference website contains all the contact information, including the list of plenary speakers. The Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and the Office of the VP-Research are sponsoring the event.