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UK Fluids Network Newsletter
Issue 17 (3/5/18)
Welcome to Issue 17 of the UK Fluids Network newsletter, a regular summary of the Network's activities and news from the UK Fluids community.
To receive this newsletter, please sign up to the mailing list at https://fluids.ac.uk/.
We welcome your input and comments, or suggestions for new content in the newsletter – please use the form on https://fluids.ac.uk/connect or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(a) Mailing lists
We have created a set of mailing lists, which operate via the well-known mailman software.
• There are mailing lists for use by the SIGs, allowing them to communicate with general-interest and core members separately, if they wish.
• There is also a general UKFN mailing list, email@example.com, which people join when they ‘sign up’ at the bottom of any website page. This has over 1450 members at present.
Please note that you can post to the ‘All’ mailing list, as an alternative to emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, but at present we are not allowing these emails through directly: instead, we are collecting them to include in a weekly bulletin that is normally sent out on a Friday afternoon. Please send any items for inclusion in the weekly bulletin by Friday noon at the latest. These posts will be repeated in the regular monthly newsletter, if still time-relevant.
(b) Directory, https://fluids.ac.uk/directory
Almost 1100 people have registered with UKFN. These are listed alphabetically on the Directory page. You can search this list by fluids sub-discipline, application areas, institutions and SIGs. To search for a specific person, use the built-in browser search facility.
The addition of an interactive map to the Search facility is nearing completion. This will show where people listed in the search results are located; then, by clicking on locations, users can identify any researchers with a specific area of expertise in a given region of the UK.
If you have not yet registered/completed your profile, we encourage you to do so, to help us compile a more complete picture of the UK fluids community, and to help you share your interests and expertise. Start from the Login link in the top right-hand corner.
(c) Home page, https://fluids.ac.uk/
The home page now features a selection of entries from the photo/video competition, including past winners. It starts at a randomly-chosen point in the sequence, and the user goes forwards and backwards manually. You can open any of the media in a separate window or tab to view them in full. Further photos and videos will be added as they become available.
(d) Researcher resources, https://fluids.ac.uk/researcher-resources (Repeat)
The Researcher resources section of the website contains a growing collection of material aimed at sharing course notes, videos, slides, code snippets and useful links on any fluids-related topic, especially if relevant to graduate students.
We would like to hear from you if you have any courses, workshop notes, useful code, etc you are willing to share with the rest of the UK fluids community. Email email@example.com with a brief outline of the material, and we will do our best to include it in the Researcher resources. There is no time limit for submitting resources.
2. UKFN photo/video competition – winners
Congratulations to the winners of our latest photo/video competition ‘The invisible made visible: uncovering hidden patterns, trends and structures’.
Photo winner is a team effort by Cathal Cummins, Madeleine Seale, Enrico Mastropaolo, Naomi Nakayama & Ignazio Maria Viola at the University of Edinburgh with “‘Halo’ vortex ring lifts dandelion seeds” (view the photo at https://fluids.ac.uk/files/08_Photo_180331.1522825653.png).
Video winner is Lian Gan from Durham University with ‘Wake partita’ (view the video at https://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2718159).
There will be another competition in the summer – announcements will appear in the newsletter as well as on the website home page and through Twitter.
3. Fluids dissertation prize 2018
Nominations are now closed for the 1st UK Fluids Network dissertation prize. We had an excellent response, and the Executive Committee have begun the task of reviewing the nominations and plan to announce the winner on 31 May. The winner and two runners-up will present at the UK Fluids Conference (see below).
4. ERCOFTAC Osborne Reynolds Day 2018 – extended deadline
The Final Call for submissions to the 2018 ERCOFTAC Osborne Reynolds Day has been issued, with an extended deadline of 17:00 on Wednesday 30th May 2018. Details, including how to enter the competitions and how to register, may be found at https://t.co/B4Z1MpmyuW, while the specification of your competition submission is given at https://t.co/JPNeEJTzbE.
In case you’re not aware of this, please note the Osborne Reynolds Day takes place on Monday 3 September, the day before the UK Fluids Conference, and both are at the University of Manchester. This is the first time both these prestigious events have taken place together, so this year why not sign up for both?
5. UK Fluids Conference 2018 (https://ukfluidsconference2018.weebly.com/)
The UKFC is organised through the CDTs at Imperial and Leeds and this year will be hosted at the University of Manchester on 4-6 September. Submission of abstracts has now closed, with an excellent response. Registration is now open.
The UKFN will again be contributing in various ways:
• There will be competitions, co-sponsored once more by JFM, for the best student presentations (oral and poster).
• UKFN will provide lunch on 4 September, immediately before the start of the conference, at which attendees will be able to meet and network with SIG leaders.
• The UKFN dissertation prize winner and two runners-up will give presentations of their work in one of the parallel sessions.
Further developments will be publicized in the newsletter, on the UKFN website and via Twitter.
6. Fluids interviews on YouTube
The first three of the monthly videos by Tom Crawford (https://tomrocksmaths.com/) and Nicole Sharp (http://fyfluiddynamics.com/), from their interviews at last year’s APS-DFD meeting in Denver, are now on YouTube:
• ‘Water Walking, Exploding Droplets, and Colliding Vortex Rings’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiLzI7hm8M0)
• ‘Skiing, Avalanches and Freezing Bubbles’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EveX5DTTRQI)
• ‘Bouncing, Floating, and Jetting’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ops3Wsdth8M)
Tom has also recorded the first set of interviews of past UKFN competition winners and entrants, featuring the research underlying the photos and videos, and is busy editing them into videos to appear on the UKFN website. Keep watching the home page carousel and Competitions page for the first releases.
7. Short Research Visits (https://fluids.ac.uk/srv) (Repeat)
The SRV scheme continues to be very popular, with a total now of 36 visits approved so far.
Any UK fluids researcher – PhD student, postdoc, PI, industrial collaborator – can apply for a Short Research Visit grant to spend 1-2 weeks with another researcher or group, and UKFN will cover up to £1000 of your travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses. Previous visits have been used to develop a mathematical model, share an experimental facility or advance a numerical technique.
The SRV page on the website contains full details of how to apply, plus summaries of all SRVs and reports on completed visits.
The next deadline for SRV proposals is 31 May 2018.
8. UKFN members’ survey
Earlier this year, we circulated a questionnaire on UKFN’s activities, to ask the members of UKFN for their comments and to find out what they thought of the current range of activities and information provided, and which of these to continue into the future.
Thanks to everyone who participated. A graphical summary of the results is available here: https://fluids.ac.uk/files/UKFN_Survey_summary.1525267049.pdf. Some helpful conclusions include:
• People would most like to see SIGs, SRVs and the website continue into the future – this accords with the Executive Committee’s outlook, and the EC will work hard to find ways to keep these aspects running.
• The newsletter was particularly popular (thank you!).
• Information on conferences, workshops, etc was of considerable interest.
We would be pleased to hear your own conclusions on the survey results.
9. Forthcoming workshops and conferences (What’s On & Tweets)
(a) UK Graduate Modelling Camp
10-13 July 2018, Oxford
Registration and letter of recommendation by 18 May 2018.
(b) Surface Wettability Effects on Phase Change Phenomena (SWEP) Workshop
17-18 May 2018, Brighton
(c) UK Indoor Environments Group conference on 'Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality and Human Health'
17 May 2018, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
http://www.ukieg.org/ - see Conferences page
(d) CISM Advance Course 'Wave turbulence and extreme events'
18-22 June 2018, Udine, Italy
Coordinated by Sergio Chibbaro (Sorbonne Université) and Miguel Onorato (U. Turin)
(e) Fluid mechanics of cleaning and decontamination – Conference (Repeat)
29-30 August 2018, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge
Abstracts & registration by 18 May 2018.
(f) EUROMECH colloquia (Repeat)
Colloquia that may be of interest to UKFN members over the next few months include, in chronological order:
• EUROMECH 596, ‘Numerical simulations of flows with particles, bubbles and droplets’
9-11 May 2018, Venice, Italy
• EUROMECH 599, ‘Rotating convection from the lab to the stars’
28 May-5 June 2018, Leiden, The Netherlands
• EUROMECH 598, ‘Coherent structures in wall-bounded turbulence: new directions in a
29-31 August 2018, London, UK
For a full list, see the EUROMECH website (http://www.euromech.org/).
• Please contact us by Thursday, 31 May 2018 if you would like to advertise a workshop or conference in the next newsletter.
10. Open PDRA, faculty and other positions
(a) 2 PhDs, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, Imperial College, London
Modelling of Particle Formation in Turbulent Flows with Population Balance and DNS
Closing date: 22 May 2018
(b) PDRA, Dept of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds
Direct Statistical Simulation in Fluid Mechanics
Closing date: 9 May 2018
(c) 2-year PDRA, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics , Newcastle University
Closing date: 7 June 2018
(d) Fixed-Term Lecturer in Applied Thermofluids, Dept of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Applied Thermodynamics and/or Fluid Mechanics
Closing date: 21 May 2018
• Please contact us by Thursday, 31 May 2018 if you would like to advertise open PDRA, faculty and other positions in the next newsletter.