Fluids at Brown
The mechanics of fluids play an important role in many aspects of daily life from the dynamics of weather and climate in the atmosphere to the flow of blood in the brain, or even just how to best to get ketchup out of a bottle. It is a basic element for many research areas in engineering, geophysics, applied physics and biology. Fluid mechanics is also a rich source of fundamental research challenges in the physical or biological sciences, mathematics and scientific computation. As two of the three states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) are fluids, and it is no surprise that understanding the dynamics of fluid motion is a valuable scientific endeavor. With the new developments in ‘soft materials’ even the distinction between liquid and solid states is sometimes vague. Fluid mechanics encompasses a wide spectrum of physical scales from the transport of suspended proteins through nano-pores to the global scales of ocean dynamics.
Fluids at Brown (formerly known as the Center for Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence and Computation) serves to promote and coordinate research at Brown University in topics related to fluid mechanics, through the development of research collaborations, the sharing of intellectual knowledge and the coordination of graduate courses. We organize fluids seminars and discussion groups between departments including the Division of Applied Mathematics and the School of Engineering. Research covers the full range of theoretical study, experiments and numerical simulations.