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Serpil Kocabiyik
Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D. Western Ontario 1987
M.Sc. Middle East Technical Univ. 1981
B.Sc. Middle East Technical Univ. 1979

Petro-Canada
Young Innovator Award, 2000


CAIMS Arthur Beaumont
Distinguished Service Award, 2006









" Instrumental; or mechanical science
  is the noblest and above all others,
  the most useful "

  Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
      Serpil Kocabiyik, Istanbul Modern Art Gallery Cafe (June 2005), Istanbul, Turkey
   Photo by Ergun Kocabiyik (Literary Editor and Writer, Bosphorus University Press)

Fluid Mechanics

What is Fluid Mechanics?

Matter in the fluid state is endlessly deformable. One would expect then that motions of fluids are highly responsive to the particular geometry of the boundaries and sensitive to small, even minute, disturbances such as are inevitably present, even when they may be below the threshold of our ability to observe them. This sensitive dependence on initial conditions, boundary conditions, and external forcing characterizes nearly all of the problems concerning fluid motion of interest in science, engineering and technology. The result of this sensitivity is motion of exquisite spatial and temporal complexity. Understanding these flows involves close collaboration between theory and experiment, mathematical modeling and analysis of nonlinear chaotic systems, and large scale numerical computations. Because fluids are everywhere, and because fluid motion provides the principal way by which mass and heat can be transported, fluid mechanics is a key discipline in a vast array of technological and scientific questions.

Fluid Mechanics is taught in Applied Mathematics departments; Physics departments; Mathematics departments as well as in all departments dealing with Earth and Atmospheric sciences. Most engineering schools teach Fluid Mechanics in Civil and Chemical engineering departments, as well as in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering departments.

See the departmental web site -- Section: Research/Areas of Faculty Research/Fluid Mechanics
for information on
  • Fluid Mechanics Faculty
  • Fluid Mechanics Graduate Students and Recent Graduates
  • Fluid Mechanics Courses
  • Recommended Fluid Mechanics Related Courses
History of Fluid Mechanics:

About Leonardo da Vinci Gad-el-Hak, M. (2000) Flow Control, Cambridge Press University
The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci Water Passing Obstacles and Falling (1508-9) - Old Man with Water Studies (1513)
History of Fluid Mechanics, Aviation, etc. Professor M.S. Cramer's homepage, Virginia Tech.
Fluid Mechanics from the Beginning to the Third Millennium Gad-el-Hak, M. (1998) Int. J. Engng. Ed., pp. 177-185

Fluid Mechanics Links:

Fluids Related Links maintained by the Fluid Mechanics Group at Virginia Tech.
Fluid Mechanics Links maintained by Dr. David Sumner, Dept. of Mech. Engng, University of Saskatchewan.
Fluid Mechanics Related Links maintained by Prof. M.S. Cramer, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech.
Fluids Related Information and Links maintained by Dr. Natalia G. Berloff, DAMTP, University of Cambridge.

Fluid Mechanics Related Associations and Organizations:

The American Physical Society - Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS-DFD)
International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM)
International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)
International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM)
The European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS)
The United States Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM)

Fluid Mechanics Institutes/Laboratories:

von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Fluids Research Laboratories of Prof. D.O. Rockwell (Dept. of Mech. Engng. and Mechanics, Lehigh University)
Fluids Research Laboratories of Prof. C.H.K. Williamson (School of Mech. and Aerospace Engng., Cornell University)
Fluids Laboratory for Aeronautical and Industrial Research (FLAIR, Monash University)

Upcoming Fluid Mechanics Conferences:

Schedule of International Conferences on Fluid Mechanics
Brief details about international conferences on fluid mechanics are listed
at the end of the first volume of each month in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

V International Conference on Computational Methods in Marine Engineering
An ECCOMAS Thematic Conference - Hamburg, Germany, May 29-31, 2013

International Conference on Theoretical and Computational Mechanics
ICTCM 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey, June 20-21, 2013

Interfacial Fluid Dynamics and Processes
IMA7 - Vienna, Austria, June 23-26, 2014
Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2014

The 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics
The 5th European Conference on Computational Mechanics
The 6th European Conference on Computational Fluid Mechanics
WCCM XI, ECCM V and ECFD VI- Barcelona, Spain, July 20-25, 2014
Abstract submission deadline: November 29, 2013

The 24th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
(ICTAM 2016 - Montreal, Canada, August 19-26, 2016
Abstract submission deadline:

Past Fluid Mechanics Conferences:

The 31st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society
The 19th Canadian Symposium on Fluid Dynamics
(CAIMS*SCMAI 2010 and CSFD-2010 - St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador - July 17-20, 2010

Multi-scale Computational Methods for Solids and Fluids
An ECCOMAS Thematic Conference - Paris - Cachan, France, November 28 - 30, 2007
Abstract submission deadline: May 31, 2007

Fifth Symposium on Bluff Body Wakes and Vortex-Induced Vibrations
BBVIV5 - Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil, December 12-15, 2007

The 8th World Congress on Computational Mechanics
The 5th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering
WCCM8 and ECCOMAS 2008 - Venice, Italy, June 30-July 5, 2008

9th International Conference on Flow-Induced Vibrations
FIV2008 - Prague, Czech Republic, June 30-July 3, 2008

Sixth International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications
BBAA 6 - Milan, Italy, July 20-24, 2008

22nd International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
ICTAM 2008 - Adelaide, Australia, August 24th - 30th, 2008

The 7th Euromech Fluid Mechanics Conference
EFMC7 - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, September 14-18, 2008

18th World IMACS/MODSIM congress
MODSIM 2009 - Queensland, Australia, July 13-17, 2009

The 9th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics
USNCCM 2007 - University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco, California, USA, July, 23-26, 2007

The 6th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics
ICIAM 07 - Zurich, Switzerland, July 16-20, 2007

Computational Methods in Marine Engineering
An ECCOMAS Thematic Conference - Barcelona, Spain, June 5-7, 2007

The 21th Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics
CANCAM 2007 - Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, June 3-7, 2007

The 17th Annual Conference of Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada
CFD 2007 - University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, May 27-31, 2007

Fourth International Conference on Fluid Structure Interaction
FSI 2007 - The New Forest, United Kingdom, May 14-16, 2007.

Annual March Meeting of American Physical Society
APS MAR07 - Denver, Colorado, March 5-9, 2007

The 14th Annual Conference of Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada
CFD 2006 - Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, July 16-18, 2006

The 6th Euromech Fluid Mechanics Conference
EFMC6 The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, June 26-30, 2006

Third International Conference on Fluid Structure Interaction
FSI 2005 La Coruna, Spain, September 19-21 2005.

13th Annual Conference of Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada
CFD 2005 - St. John's, Newfoundland, July 31-August 3, 2005

Fourth Symposium on Bluff Body Wakes and Vortex-Induced Vibrations
BBVIV4 - Santorini, Greece, June 21-24, 2005

12th Annual Conference of Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada
CFDSC 2004 - Ottawa, Canada - May 9-11, 2004

16th Canadian Symposium on Fluid Mechanics
CSFD 2004 - Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 13-15, 2004

8th International Conference on Flow-Induced Vibrations
FIV 2004 - Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France, 5-9 July 2004

1st Cappadocia International Mechanical Engineering Symposium
CMES-04 - Cappadocia-Nigde, Turkey, 14-16 July 2004

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