It is a pleasure to extend our most sincere welcome to the 20th International Conference on Fluid Flow Problems (FEF-2019) that will be held on March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Chicago, USA. In addition to the major and emerging areas of fluid dynamics and flow-related phenomena, the scope of FEF-2019 conference includes three thematic areas: (i) Advanced and Additive Manufacturing Flows, (ii) Flow Physics for Energy Systems, and (iii) Biofluid Dynamics. These thematic areas will extend the overall scope of the conference and will cover theory, algorithms, implementation, assessment, and application of numerical methods and experimental technique to problems of contemporary interest. While all methods relevant to fluid simulation at various length and time scales are relevant, newly emerging methods in the thematic areas are especially invited.
Thematic Area 1: Advanced and Additive Manufacturing Flows
Two-phase multi-scale flows, often involving free-surfaces and phase change, are critical to the successful application of high-quality advanced/additive manufacturing processes, including those for both plastic and metal manufacturing. Nearly all aspects of the various advanced/additive manufacturing techniques involve fluid flows, including jets/spraying, melt pool formation/evolution, and solidification parameters estimation such as thermal gradient and high heating and cooling rates, among others. Submissions pertaining to numerical approaches and experimental validations to solving key advanced/additive manufacturing flow problems are welcome.
Thematic Area 2: Flow Physics for Energy Systems
Energy generation, conversion, storage, and utilization are industrially important fields that are increasingly utilizing computational approaches to optimize their materials and processes. These problems often involve multi-physics and multi-scale mechanics, with flow physics (including both fluid and granular flows) often playing the starring role. In this topic area we encourage submissions focusing on the development and application of numerical techniques for flow simulation pertaining to energy systems, to include (but not limited to) micro/meso-scale flows, granular/particulate flows, manufacturing (coating, spraying, etc.) flows, homogenized (porous) flows, reacting flows, and plant-scale flows.
Thematic Area 3: Biofluid Dynamics
Biofluid dynamics is the bridge between computational engineering and medical sciences that aims at applying fundamental principles of fluid mechanics to explain the mechanisms of biological flows and their interrelationships with physiological processes. It is finding immense applications in the field of medical diagnostics and planning of surgical procedures related to the disorders/diseases which originate in the body relating to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and synovial systems. This thematic area is devoted to all aspects of biological fluid flows, including cardiovascular blood flow, respiratory airflow, diffused flows through soft tissue, flows through biological channels, pumps, and membranes, and external flows such as flying and aquatic locomotion. Of special interest is non-Newtonian modeling of blood and bodily fluids, blood rheology in the circulation system, and flows through human organs. Papers related to application of the principles of fluid mechanics and nano-fluidics to the design of biomedical devices are especially invited.