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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - Interfacial Dynamics of Phase Change

6th March 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Ranga Narayanan (University of Florida, USA)

A large class of hydrodynamic problems involves interfacial instabilities and within that class, phase change is an important physical process. Examples of phase -change phenomena are evaporation, solidification, and electrodeposition. They play an important role in materials processing, food preservation and in energy management. The interfacial instability associated with phase-change processes lead to pattern formation. Determining the conditions and form of pattern selection depend on the judicious use of analytical and computational schemes. This talk will focus on the physical and mathematical analogies between various phase-change instabilities. We will relate the results of theory arising from analysis and computations and compare them to experiments, showing the formation and selection of patterns.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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