The Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences is an organized research unit
based in the Department of Mathematics
The purpose of CAMS is to foster research and graduate education in
Mathematics in a broad sense and in an interdisciplinary mode. One goal
of the center's participants is to facilitate and encourage the development of
applicable mathematics and its utilization in problems in engineering and the
Winners of the CAMS Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Research with a Substantial Mathematical Component.
Rayleigh-Bénard convection is the buoyancy-driven flow of a fluid heated from below and cooled from above. Heat transport by convection an important physical process for applications in engineering, atmosphere and ocean science, and astrophysics, and it serves as a fundamental paradigm of modern nonlinear dynamics, pattern formation, chaos, and turbulence.Determining the bulk transport properties of high Rayleigh number convection...
Flapping-wing aircraft offer an alternative to helicopters in achieving maneuverable flight at small scales, although stabilizing such aircraft remains a key challenge. Experimental studies of the stable hovering of rigid structures in an oscillating airflow suggest a design which mimics the flapping contractions of a jelly fish. We have constructed a prototype of such a craft, and test flown it in free flight with an external power...