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All are welcome to join us for an evening of interdisciplinarity, with Lucy Postdocs Dr Mary Murphy and Dr Zhong-Nan Wang. 

Computers and Fluids: an example of using supercomputers to reduce fluid noise of aircrafts by Dr Zhong-Nan Wang, Lucy Cavendish College and Department of Engineering

What if computers meet fluids? It doesn’t always mean that electronic components in your computer will be destroyed by the liquid. I will present the research on how to efficiently use high-performance computing (HPC) to conquer challenging fluid dynamic problems. The computers are used to solve the partial differential equations (Navier-Stokes equations) which govern fluid behaviors. To make this calculation achieved efficiently and accurately on supercomputers, smart algorithms have to be developed and enable the computational run in parallel on a number of processors. An example is given on how to use HPC to predict flows from aircraft and explore sound generation mechanism in the jet flows (see Fig. 1). This enable engineers to design the next generation of low-noise aircrafts and their engines in a cost, time and accuracy-efficient way.

Dying of Love, Voices of the Unrequited by Dr Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is a sustainability educator and activist who is working on a two-year hydro-sociology research project through the Faculty of Education. Mary joined the Lucy Cavendish community in December 2019. She has a particular fondness for poetry and often reads poetry books the way some might read magazines. She has participated in poetry performances, readings, and quite a few boisterous gatherings with poets and writers around bowls of spaghetti.

On 10 June Mary will read a story she wrote through poetry called Dying of Love, Voices of the Unrequited. When she returns from South Africa she promises to share some emerging findings of her sustainability research.

This event is free and open to all.

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Dr Mary Murphy
Dr Mary Murphy
Dr Zhong-Nan Wang
Dr Zhong-Nan Wang








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