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ACMD Seminar: iPhones and Dysons: using fluid dynamics to tailor technology (CANCELLED)

Ian Griffith
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

This talk has been cancelled due to illness.

Friday, March 29, 2019, 3:00-4:00
Building 101, Lecture Room D

Friday, March 29, 2019, 1:00-2:00
Building 1, Room 1107

Host: Ryan Evans 

Abstract:  As technology continues to advance, new strategies involving a range of scientific disciplines are required. Mathematicians can provide frameworks to predict operating regimes and manufacture techniques. In this talk we present two case studies: the fabrication of precision glass, for smartphones and new flexible devices; and the development of superior filters for vacuum cleaners. In each case we use asymptotic analysis to derive a model that determines the fabrication protocol required to produce a desired final product.

Bio: Ian Griffiths completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford, in the study of slow viscous flows with application to the fabrication of square glass tubes. He subsequently undertook postdoctoral research positions at Durham University and Princeton University before returning to Oxford as a Research Fellow. He is now a Royal Society University Research Fellow, EPSRC Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University. He works on an array of mathematical modelling challenges, including the fabrication of glass for smartphone screens, improving vacuum cleaner performance with Dyson, cereal manufacture with Nestlé, and improving food blender performance with SharkNinja. His current main research agenda focuses on the development of new tools in partnership with engineers to tackle pressing water purification challenges in India concerning the removal of arsenic. 

Note: Visitors from outside NIST must contact Cathy Graham; (301) 975-3800; at least 24 hours in advance.


Created March 5, 2019, Updated November 15, 2019