The Arne Magnus Lectures
April 22 - 24, 2009


Dr. Roland Glowinski


Dr. Roland Glowinski


Cullen Professor of Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering
University of Houston


General Seminar - Faculty and Graduate Students
Wednesday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Hammond Auditorium, 120 Engineering

Title: Particle clustering in rotating cylinders

Abstract: In this lecture, we return, in some sense, to one of the Magnus Lectures given some years ago by Tom Mullin, and offer a computational science perspective to this former speaker exciting presentation. Indeed, in this lecture, we investigate computationally the clustering of rigid solid particles in rotating cylinders containing an incompressible viscous fluid, for particle populations ranging from 10 to more than 100.  We study in particular the influence of the angular velocity on these clustering phenomena. The presentation will be illustrated by animations visualizing these truly three-dimensional phenomena, which to the best of our knowledge are not fully understood, as of today. The presentation will include a description of the numerical methodology retained for the solution of the differential system coupling the Navier-Stokes equations modeling the flow, with the Newton-Euler equations describing the particle motion.


Prior to the seminar, please join Dr. Glowinski and the Department of Mathematics for coffee in Weber 117 at 3:30 pm.


Public Lecture - Open to the public
Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Albert C. Yates Hall, 104

Title: Adventures in Computing

Abstract: The main goal of this lecture is to present real life situations where Applied & Computational Mathematics can significantly contribute, via numerical simulation inparticular, to progress beneficial to Society. This presentation will be illustrated by examples related to real life applications, in Cardio-Vascular Medicine in particular, an area where methods developed by the speaker have found applications.

Please join Dr. Glowinski at a reception following his lecture.


Research Seminar
Friday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Hammond Auditorium, 120 Engineering

Title: A Least-Squares/Fictitious Domain Method for Linear Elliptic Boundary Value Problems with Neumann or Robin Boundary Conditions: A Virtual Control Approach

Abstract: Motivated by the numerical simulation of particulate flow with slip-boundary  conditions at the interface fluid-particles, we are going to address in this lecture the  solution of the following elliptic problem 

clip 1         (1)
clip 2clip 3     (2)

by a fictitious domain method (new to the best of our knowledge); in (1), (2),  Ω denotes  a bounded domain of Rd and  ω a sub-domain of Ω. Our approach relies essentially on the   transformation of (1), (2) in a (virtual) control problem (in the sense of J.L. Lions),   involving an extension of (1) (completed by u =g0 on ∂Ω) on the whole Ω, the restriction of the extended solution to clip 4 being the solution of (1), (2).  From an algorithmic point of view, one solves the control problem by a least-squares/conjugate gradient algorithm whose finite element implementation is rather easy, even if the mesh associated with Ω does not match the geometry of ω. 
Numerical experiments, including the generalization to the solution of parabolic equations with moving ω, suggest optimal orders of convergence.

 Prior to the seminar, please join Dr. Glowinski and the Department of Mathematics for coffee in Weber 117 at 3:30 pm.




The Arne Magnus Lectures are given annually in the Department of Mathematics at Colorado State University in honor of Dr. Arne Magnus, our friend and colleague for 25 years.

The lectures are supported by the Arne Magnus Lecture Fund and the Albert C. Yates Endowment in Mathematics.

Contributions to the Magnus Fund are greatly appreciated and may be made through the Department of Mathematics.  Please contact  Sheri Hofeling (hofeling@math.colostate.edu) at at (970)-491-7047 for specific information.

All lectures are free and open to the public.