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Lucy Postdocs Dr Mary Murphy and Dr Zhong-nan Wang present during Lucy’s increasingly successful virtual event


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, University of Cambridge

What if computers meet fluids? It doesn’t always mean that electronic components in your computer will be destroyed by the liquid. Dr Zhon-Nan Wang presented 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. This enables engineers to design the next generation of low-noise aircrafts and their engines in a cost, time and accuracy-efficient way. Read Zhong-nan Wang’s Postdoc profile here.

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

Dr 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.

During the #LucyinLockdown event Mary 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. Read Mary’s Postdoc profile here.