Monday, November 4 2019
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Computational Mathematics Colloquium
Computational Mathematics Colloquium: Thermo-fluid Dynamics at the Interface of Earth and Atmosphere,
from Human to Animal Habitats

Studying the mechanical and thermal interactions between the land surface and the atmospheric turbulent wind is a fundamental step in understanding the principles of several engineering problems and physical phenomena that control life and its quality on earth. The complex nature of earth-atmosphere interaction makes the computational modeling of the physical problems far from straightforward, as engineering principles can hide beneath many layers of complexity. Stories of our efforts to this end will be presented, focusing on two main topics: thermo-fluid dynamics in our built environments and in structures built by animals. The presentation will discuss the importance of understanding the local climates formed and controlled by the combined interaction of topography, material, weather condition, and geographical location. Understanding the temporally variable microclimates under normal and extreme events (e.g. fire) that is fundamental in understanding the physical phenomena at the lower atmosphere will also be discussed. I will explain the above thermo-fluid dynamics topics using large-eddy simulations (LES), direct numerical simulations (DNS), and energy balance analysis results.

Bio: Neda Yaghoobian is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute at the Florida State University. Prior to joining FSU, she served as a postdoctoral fellow in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, and postdoctoral scholar and research engineer in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at UC, San Diego and served as a visiting Research Assistant in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at UC, Davis. Her research interests include land-atmosphere interaction, environmental fluid dynamics and turbulence, urban microclimatology, fire dynamics, and computational fluid mechanics.

Speaker:Neda Yaghoobian
Affiliation:Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University
Location:SCB 4017

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