David Sondak

My research focuses on various aspects of fluid dynamics ranging from magnetohydrodynamic turbulence to atmospheric fluid dynamics. Applications range from nuclear fusion to the geodynamo problem to understanding our climate and weather. More specifically, I work on developing numerical techniques for computational studies of these phenomena. A trademark of the dynamics of these systems is their multiscale nature. This poses considerable computational challenges and opportunities. I am currently working on tracking unstable states in Rayleigh-Benard convection to determine solutions that result in maximum heat transfer. Ultimately, the numerical techniques developed will be used in three-dimensional simulations of Rayleigh-Benard convection involving rotation.

Sondak
David
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2013
Van Vleck Visiting Assistant Professor
Research Interests: 
Applied Math, Fluid Mechanics, Numerical Methods
email: 
sondak at math dot wisc dot edu
person_type: 
Postdoc
web_site: 
http://math.wisc.edu/~sondak