OIST Mini-symposium "Dynamics of Viscoelastic and Inertioelastic Flows"
Dynamics of Viscoelastic and Inertioelastic flows
January 18-20, 2018, OIST, Okinawa, Japan
A number of important applications exploit the ability of high molecular weight polymers to modify flow instabilities and create new ones that are absent in Newtonian fluids. At very low Reynolds numbers, polymers can enhance mixing in microdevices. When inertia is important, at higher Reynolds number, some of the most dramatic effects are turbulent drag reduction, suppression of jet breakup and improvement of oilfield sweep in enhanced oil recovery. However, gaining a detailed understanding of the mechanisms underlying these processes, along with the associated non-linear dynamics and flow instabilities, remains a topic of intense focus for experimental, numerical and theoretical researchers.
This mini-symposium will bring together world-leading researchers from the fields of engineering, rheology, applied mathematics and physics to review the current state-of-the-art in characterizing and understanding complex viscoelastic and inertio-elastic flows, ranging from fundamental to applied perspectives. The mini-symposium will also provide a forum for the initiation of collaborations between researchers at OIST and leading experts from the wider scientific community. These goals will be accomplished through 2.5 days of talks and informal discussions.