Multiphase problems are characterized by the interaction of two or more phases which are separated by deformable interfaces. The interface deformation introduces geometric nonlinearities and topological changes which make the numerical solution of these problems a very challenging task. The traditional approach consists in formulating the model equations first, and then to discretize them using, for example, finite differences, finite elements, or finite volumes. Available methods are either efficient or accurate, but unfortunately not both. A reason may be that the discrete equations inevitably include various approximations and they do not always preserve the essential mathematical properties of the original continuous system.

The main idea of discrete differential geometry is to reformulate the original continuous equations in such a way that its discretized version maintains the essential mathematical features of the continuous problem. This area of research is still at its early stages. Some work has been done for the solution of classical fluid flow problems and elasticity problems, but the treatment of problems with interfaces (e.g. fluid-solid interactions) still remains open.

This workshop will offer a unique opportunity to explore the capabilities of discrete differential geometry for the solution of multiphase flow problems which, hopefully, will lead to the development of a new generation of both accurate and efficient numerical methods. The workshop will gather scientists with different expertises (engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians) from both IUPUI and other US institutions. In particular we will be discussing fluid-structure interaction problems arising in Medicine and Life Science, such as the interaction between blood flow and compliant vessel walls, and the deformation of red blood cells caused by blood flow.

Time and Place

Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th, April 2010
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
BS 2003 - Buisiness Building, 801 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Invited Speakers

Suchuan Dong (Purdue University, Mathematics)
Anil Hirani (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science)
Eva Kanso (University of Southern California, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering)
Yiying Tong (Michigan State University, Computer Science and Engineering)
Zhiliang Xu (University of Notre Dame, Mathematics)

Contact Information

Giovanna Guidoboni,
Andrea Dziubek,
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI)
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3267

Workshop Poster


The workshop is supported by IUPUI Department of Academic Affairs and Department of Mathematical Sciences