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Welcome to the laboratory for complex and non-Newtonian fluid flow at the University of British Columbia. Fluid dynamics research constitutes one of the Department's thrusts in applied mathematics, and spans areas from engineering to geoscience and biology, in combination with mathematical analysis of fundamental fluid processes. The laboratory was started in 2001, with the aid of a generous grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the UBC Blusson Fund and the BC Knowledge Development Fund. The scope of the laboratory is to carry out interdisciplinary research involving fluid mechanics. Our research addresses both fundamental topics and those with a strong industrial or applied motivation. Frequently the focus is on either complex fluids or non-Newtonian fluids. Physically, our main laboratory is in the Mathematics Department, but our membership spans the Chemical and Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Earth Ocean Sciences departments, where we have other facilities. The Mathematics laboratory is primarily for theoretical and computational work, but also houses our well-equipped rheology laboratory and has space for bench-scale experiments. The new laboratory was opened in October 2005.

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Faculty Research Interests
Neil Balmforth
James (Jimmy) Feng Cell and tissue mechanics, fluid dynamics, complex fluids
Ian Frigaard Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and understanding industrial processes that exploit the non-Newtonian properties of fluids.
Anthony Wachs Multiphase flows, Granular dynamics of non-spherical particles, Multi-scale modelling of particle-laden flows with heat and mass transfer, Viscoplastic fluid flow modelling, Numerical simulation