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Special Session at the Third World Congress of Nonlinear Analysts, July 19--26, 2000, Catania, Sicily

Magnetohydrodynamics --- Analysis and Applications

Organizers: Paul G. Schmidt & A. J. Meir (Auburn University) and Richard Jordan (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Magnetohydrodynamics (or MHD) is the theory of the macroscopic interaction of electrically conducting fluids with a magnetic field. It is of importance in connection with many engineering problems as well as in geophysics and astronomy. Much research has been devoted to the physical modeling and computational simulation of MHD-dominated processes, but there is still a shortage of rigorous analytical and numerical methods. Future progress will likely depend on an intensified crossdisciplinary dialogue between analysts, computationalists, physicists, and engineers in the field. Continuing the tradition established at WCNA-1996, the proposed special session will attempt to contribute to this dialogue by bringing together researchers from different disciplines concerned with mathematical and computational questions of MHD. Speakers will be encouraged to emphasize crossdisciplinary aspects of their research, so that the session should appeal to a broad audience.

Special session program; a tentative schedule and list of speakers and titles (also some abstracts), or download in PDF format for printing.

Additional information is available at the conference's web site: Second Announcement. see also theFirst Announcement.


Numerical simulation of complex MHD flows.

Current work involves extending the velocity-current (finite element) method to more complex stationary problems arising from applications in physics and engineering (metallurgy, in particular) and the extension of the method to the time dependent problem.

Graduate Students

Maria V. Charina is studying the MHD equations with mixed boundary conditions. This is the first step in a program designed to do the analysis and numerical analysis for free boundary value problems governed by the MHD equations.

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