USP Advanced School of Fluid Mechanics
2017 Numerical Methods

São Paulo, 14-17 August 2017
We are happy to invite students for the 2017 edition of the USP-ASFM, a 30+hour intensive course on the recent developments in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Three world-leading researchers are invited to the University of São Paulo to lecture on their specialties, sharing the new accomplishments of their research groups and their critical view on the future of CFD.

The USP-ASFM is an academic event at a graduate level, targeted at PhD and MSc students, postdocs and academic researchers. Regular USP students may count credits towards their MSc or PhD programs (they will be required to enroll in a specific discipline). Undergraduate students involved in Scientific Initiation programs and non-academic professionals of the field are also welcome.

The 2017 course on Numerical Methods is part of a the the USP-ASFM series. Please watch this site for the next courses. USP-ASFM contact:  Prof Gustavo Assi (fluidmech@usp.br).

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Important dates

Feb 20 – May 31 1st round of registrations is open for priority applications.
June 5-15 Confirmation of allocated places following the priority list. Please read the instructions on Registration. Remaining places will be allocated until July 5 during the 2nd round.
June 16 – July 5 2nd round of registration for remaining places.
Aug 14-17 USP-ASFM 2017.
Sep 13 SEP 13th is the beginning of the activities for postgraduate students enrolled in PNV6010. Classes will be on WED 15h-18h at room ET-3.


Prof. Tim Colonius
California Institute of Technology, USA


Course title: Mimetic schemes and immersed boundary methods

Slides Lectures

Tim Colonius is the Frank and Ora Lee Marble Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.  He received his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1987 and M.S and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1988 and 1994, respectively.   He joined Caltech in 1994, where he and his group develop numerical methods and use numerical simulations to study a range of problems in fluid mechanics, including aeroacoustics, flow control, instabilities, shock waves, and bubble dynamics.   Prof. Colonius also investigates cavitation in medical applications of shock waves and ultrasound, and is a member of the Medical Engineering faculty at Caltech.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Acoustical Society of America, and he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Prof. Spencer Sherwin
Imperial College London, UK


Course title: Spectral/hp elements and their application to flow and instability analysis of complex geometry flow

Slides Lecture 1

Slides Lecture 2

Slides Lecture 3

Slides Lecture 4

Slides Lecture 5

Spencer Sherwin is the McLaren Racing/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. He received his MSE and PhD from Princeton University and a BEng from the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. Professor Sherwin leads an active research group focusing on the development and application of parallel spectral/hp element techniques for solving partial differential equations using Nektar++. These methods are being applied to direct numerical simulation and stability analysis to a range of applications including vortex flows of relevance to offshore engineering and vehicle aerodynamics and biomedical problems associated with arterial atherosclerosis and atrial arrhythmias.

Prof. Juan Alonso
Stanford University, USA

Course title: Adjoint Methods and Their Application in Computational Fluid Dynamics

Part 1: Introduction to the adjoint method: derivations, uses, and properties.

Part 2: Adjoint methods for sensitivity analysis and optimization.

Part 3: Applications of adjoint methods in aerodynamic shape optimization of subsonic and supersonic aircraft.

NASA CFD Vision 2030

Juan Alonso is the founder and director of the Aerospace Design Laboratory (ADL) where he specializes in the development of high-fidelity computational design methodologies to enable the creation of realizable and efficient aerospace systems. Prof. Alonso’s research involves a large number of different manned and unmanned applications including transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aircraft, helicopters, turbomachinery, and launch and re-entry vehicles. He is the author of over 200 technical publications on the topics of computational aircraft and spacecraft design, multi-disciplinary optimization, fundamental numerical methods, and high-performance parallel computing. Prof. Alonso is keenly interested in the development of an advanced curriculum for the training of future engineers and scientists and has participated actively in course-development activities in both the Aeronautics & Astronautics Department (particularly in the development of coursework for aircraft design, sustainable aviation, and UAS design and operation) and for the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME) at Stanford University. He was a member of the team that currently holds the world speed record for human powered vehicles over water. A student team led by Prof. Alonso also holds the altitude record for an unmanned electric vehicle under 5 lbs of mass.


Tim Colonius: Mimetic schemes and immersed boundary methods

Spencer Sherwin: Spectral/hp elements and their application to flow and instability analysis of complex geometry flow

Juan Alonso: Adjoint methods and their application in computational fluid dynamics

Discussion panel: The future of CFD.

Closing Ceremony


9:00 J. Alonso

Adjoint Methods and Their Application in CFD

(Part 1)

T. Colonius

Immersed boundary and interface methods

(Part 2)

S. Sherwin

Spectral/hp elements and their application…

(Part 2)

Opening (14:00) Lunch break (13:00 – 15:00)
15:00 T. Colonius

Immersed boundary and interface methods

(Part 1)

S. Sherwin

Spectral/hp elements and their application…

(Part 1)

J. Alonso

Adjoint Methods and Their Application in CFD

(Part 2)

PANEL: The future of CFD
T. Colonius,
S. Sherwin,
J. Alonso.


Auditório do Prédio de Eng. Mecânica, Mecatrônica e Naval


Escola Politécnica da USP
Av Prof Mello Moraes 2231, Cidade Universitária
05508-030, São Paulo SP, Brazil


ASFM Coordinator Prof. Dr. Gustavo R S Assi
Dept. Naval Arch. & Ocean Eng. (PNV/EPUSP)
University of São Paulo
Scientific committee Prof. Dr. Bruno S Carmo (PME/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Rafael S Gioria (PMI/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Julio R Meneghini (PME/EPUSP)
Academic support

Prof. Dr. Clodoaldo Ragazzo (MAP/IMEUSP)
Prof. Dr. Alexandre Simos (PNV/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Kazuo Nishimoto (PNV/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Fabio Saltara (PME/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Ernani Volpe (PME/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Jorge Luis Baliño (PME/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Mardel de Conti (PNV/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Liang-Yee Cheng (PCC/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Celso Pesce (PME/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Jurandir Yanagihara (PME/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Alfredo Gay Neto (PEF/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Provasi (PEF/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Emílio Carlos Silva (PMR/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Guilherme Franzini (PEF/EPUSP)
Prof. Dr. Jose R. Simões-Moreira (PME/EPUSP)

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