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Fluid Dynamics

Activity Group leader:

Olga Trichtchenko, University of Western Ontario, <>

Fluid dynamics and applied mathematics have been inextricably interwoven since the days of Archimedes. Newton, Euler, Lagrange, Bernoulli and Stokes are just some of the key figures of applied mathematics that have contributed to the development of fluid mechanics. Today and in more recent history, modern fluid dynamics is linked to developments in:

  • Asymptotic methods
  • Scientific computing (numerical approximation methods and high speed computing)
  • Applied analysis and dynamics

Canadian applied mathematicians are active in these aspects of fluid mechanics and in applying these techniques to understanding phenomena in scientific fields as diverse as astrophysics, biology, engineering and physics.

There is an enormous environmental impact of the discipline via studies in atmospheric, oceanographic and geosciences. Fluid mechanics features enormously in industrial applications as well, e.g. processing industries, oil and gas, pulp and paper, aerodynamics, naval architecture.

Applied mathematicians use a blend of analysis and computation, often linked to lab-scale experiments and field work. Many CAIMS/SCMAI members are active in fluid dynamics across Canada and the field features prominently in our annual meetings, including the biennial Canadian Symposium on Fluid Dynamics which is held concurrently.


The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, which dates from 1979, has a growing presence in industrial, mathematical, scientific and technological circles within and outside of Canada.

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