Applied/ACMS/absS12
Contents
 1 Saverio Spagnolie, Brown
 2 Ari Stern, UC San Diego
 3 Shamgar Gurevich, UWMadison
 4 Mike Cullen, Met. Office, UK
 5 Ricardo Cortez, Tulane
 6 Meyer Jackson, UWMadison Neuroscience
 7 Michael Graham, UWMadison Engineering
 8 Lukas Szpruch, Oxford
 9 Dwight Barkley, Warwick
 10 Organizer contact information
 11 Archived semesters
Saverio Spagnolie, Brown
Hydrodynamics of SelfPropulsion Near a Boundary: Construction of a Numerical and Asymptotic Toolbox

The swimming kinematics and trajectories of many microorganisms are altered by the presence of nearby boundaries, be they solid or deformable, and often in perplexing fashion. When an organism's swimming dynamics vary near such boundaries a question arises naturally: is the change in behavior fluid mechanical, biological, or perhaps due to other physical laws? We isolate the first possibility by exploring a farfield description of swimming organisms, providing a general framework for studying the fluidmediated modifications to swimming trajectories. Using the simplified model we consider trapped/escape trajectories and equilibria for model organisms of varying shape and propulsive activity. This framework may help to explain surprising behaviors observed in the swimming of many microorganisms and synthetic microswimmers. Along the way, we will discuss the numerical tools constructed to analyze the problem of current interest, but which have considerable potential for more general applicability. 
Ari Stern, UC San Diego
Numerical analysis beyond Flatland: semilinear PDEs and problems on manifolds

TBA 
Shamgar Gurevich, UWMadison
Channel Estimation in Wireless Communication in Linear Time

We will present the model of mobile communication, and will discuss the problem of channel estimation  finding timefrequency shifts which a waveform undergoes while transmitted in the presence of a white noise. The digital model of the problem involves signals of length N (complexvalued vectors of length N). The current method of solving digital channel estimation problem uses O(N^2 log(N)) arithmetic operations. Using ideas from representation theory, we will present a new method of solving channel estimation problem of complexity O(N log(N)). The applications of the new method to mobile communication and GPS system will be discussed. This is a joint work with A. Fish (Math, UWMadison), R. Hadani (Math, UTAustin), A. Sayeed (ECE, UWMadison), O. Schwartz (EECS, UC Berkeley). 
Mike Cullen, Met. Office, UK
Applications of optimal transport to geophysical problems

The optimal transport method can be applied to a number of important problems in geophysical fluid dynamics, including largescale flows in the atmosphere and ocean, equatorial waves, and the onedimensional convective adjustment problem. In this talk I go through the basic procedures. The problem to be solved has to conserve mass and energy. The mass distribution is then regarded as a probability measure, and a metric on the space of probability measures defined (usually the Wasserstein distance). This is used via the 'Otto calculus' to define derivatives of the energy with respect to changes in the mass distribution. In the problems listed above, the governing equations can be solved by finding energy minimisers in this sense. Optimal transport theory can then be used to prove existence of minimisers. If the flow evolution can now be expressed as transport of mass by a rotated gradient, then the general theory of Ambrosio and Gangbo proves that solutions exist for all times. 
Ricardo Cortez, Tulane
Introduction to the method of regularized Stokeslets for fluid flow and applications to microorganism swimming

Biological flows, such as those surrounding swimming microorganisms, can be properly modeled using the Stokes equations for fluid motion with external forcing. The organism surfaces can be viewed as flexible interfaces imparting force or torque on the fluid. Interesting flows have been observed when the organism swims near a solid wall due to the hydrodynamic interaction of rotating flagella with a neighboring solid surface. I will introduce the method of regularized Stokeslets and some extensions of it that are used to compute these flows. The method is based on fundamental solutions of linear PDEs, leading to integral representations of the solution. I will present the idea of the method, some of the known results and applications to flows generated by swimming flagella. 
Meyer Jackson, UWMadison Neuroscience
Membrane elasticity and mechanics during fusion

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Michael Graham, UWMadison Engineering
Drag reduction and the nonlinear dynamics of turbulence in simple and
complex fluids 
At low speed, flow in a pipe or over an aircraft is smooth and steady. At higher speeds, it becomes turbulent  the smooth motion gives way to fluctuating eddies that sap the fluid's energy and make it more difficult to pump the fluid through the tube or to propel the aircraft through the air. For flowing liquids, adding a small amount of very large polymer molecules or micelleforming surfactants can dramatically affect the turbulent eddies, reducing their deleterious effects on energy efficiency. This phenomenon is widely used, for example in the Alaska pipeline, but it is not wellunderstood, and no comparable technology exists to reduce turbulent energy consumption in flows of gases, in which polymers or surfactants cannot be dissolved. The most striking feature of this phenomenon is the existence of a socalled maximum drag reduction (MDR) asymptote: for a given geometry and driving force, there is a maximum level of drag reduction that can be achieved through addition of polymers. Changing the concentration, molecular weight or even the chemical structure of the additives has no effect on this asymptotic value. This universality is the major puzzle of drag reduction. We describe direct numerical simulations of turbulent channel flow of Newtonian fluids and viscoelastic polymer solutions. Even in the absence of polymers, we show that there are intervals of ?hibernating? turbulence that display very low drag as well as many other features of the MDR asymptote observed in polymer solutions. As viscoelasticity increases, the frequency of these intervals also increases, while the intervals themselves are unchanged, leading to flows that increasingly resemble MDR. A simple theory captures key features of the intermittent dynamics observed in the simulations. Additionally, simulations of ?edge states?, dynamical trajectories that lie on the boundary between turbulent and laminar flow, display characteristics that are similar to those of hibernating turbulence and thus to the MDR asymptote, again even in the absence of polymer additives. Based on these observations, we propose a tentative unified description of rheological drag reduction. The existence of ?MDRlike? intervals even in the absence of additives sheds light on the observed universality of MDR and may ultimately lead to new flow control approaches for improving energy efficiency in a wide range of processes. 
Lukas Szpruch, Oxford
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Dwight Barkley, Warwick
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Organizer contact information
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