The conference has come a long way since its beginning at the University of Western Australia in 1962. Moving into the future of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, we have seen some amazing presentations throughout the conference’s illustrious history. This year is the 20th anniversary since the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference was held in Hobart, back in 1992. There is no better way to gauge what the future holds for the AFMC and for fluid mechanics in general than to look back at the past events.
Hosted biennially the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference always involves careful planning to ensure the smoothest operation for all delegates and attendees. Every conference has been bigger and more impressive than the last. The conference typically hosts a wide range of topics as the field of fluid mechanics can be applied to many facets of engineering and scientific disciplines. The conference fosters a freewheeling environment for discussion for all aspects of fluid mechanics, such as experimental techniques, multiphase flows, Non-Newtonian flows, jets and wakes, boundary layers, hydraulics, pipe flows, ground water flows, computational fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, industrial flows, combustion, aero-acoustics, wind engineering, oceanography, Atmospheric research, and last but not least, gas dynamics.
17th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Held in Auckland, New Zealand over five days the 17AFMC was a great success. The conference was held at the Owen G Glenn Building at The University of Auckland, a fantastic conference venue with easy public access for all who attended. The presentations were chosen by the 17AFMC scientific committee who narrowed down a huge selection of entrants to come up with the final list of distinguished presenters. At the 2010 conference, there were presentations from a wide range of themes including:
- Active flow control
- LES & DNS
- Ecosystem Hydrodynamics
- Computational / experimental turbulence
- Geothermal thermo-fluid dynamics
- Innovative Energy Tech
- Tomographic PI
16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Held on the sunny Gold Coast, Queensland, the 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference was as much about learning as it was about studying the fluidity of the gold coast waves! The Crown Plaza did a fantastic job hosting everyone as did the University of Queensland. Their efforts to make the conference professional were greatly received.
Some of the plenary lectures covered some interesting topics such as Hydraulic Jumps: Bubbles and Bores presented by Professor Hubert Chanson, Division of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland. This presentation investigated flow properties, recent advances in turbulent hydraulic jumps, and the positive surge and tidal bore. The keynote lecture of the 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, this presentation was by far the standout, confusing everyone by demonstrating that the hydraulic jump is poorly understood even by those who study the practice.
15th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
It has been almost 10 years since the groundbreaking 15AFMC was held at the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at University of Sydney. Not only were there keynote speakers from the Australasian region, but the 15th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference also included some of the most highly regarded scientists from as far away as the United Kingdom and Spain. The 15AFMC committee were remembered for the amazing selections of keynote speakers and the encouragement of undergraduate and postgraduate student participation. Some of the specific topics covered in this conference were:
- Gravity currents in the environment and industry
- Biofluid dynamics simulation, a 21st century roadblock
- deciphering turbulent channels at experimental Reynolds numbers
- How to use expansion tubes for the study of reentry aerodynamics
- Effects of dramatic changes to starting conditions on a jet’s turbulent structure, mixing and explosion
14th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
In 2001, Adelaide played host to the constituents of the 14AFMC. Adelaide is a beautiful city close to some of the best vineyards in Australia. Along with the conference proceedings, there was a wide selection of social functions organised by the 14AFMC committee including a visit to the Warrawong Earth Sanctuary and a Southern Valley Wine Tour, Easily the highlights of the social calendar.
The conference itself had a diverse range of fluid mechanics topics including presentations on aero-acoustics, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, and oceanography. One of the 14th Australasian Fluid mechanics committee’s favourites was a paper presented by S. Kannan discussing the influence of electromagnetic fields on the capillary flow between parallel plates. The paper focused on the abnormalities in surface tension with special reference to microchannel adjacent flows. The stand out paper in the Jets and Wakes category for the conference was A. Brydon’s paper illustrating the fluid dynamics of flow interaction between two spheres at moderate reynolds number. These two papers were just a tiny selection of the amazing work that was produced for the 14th AFMC. The success of the conference wouldn’t have been possible without the superb effort from the University of Adelaide and the departments of mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering and the applied mathematics faculty.
13th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
The 13AFMC was held in 1998 at Monash University in Clayton. All proceedings of the conference were documented by the Department of Mechanical engineering, with special thanks going to M. C. Thompson for his tireless effort in publishing the groundbreaking work of Australia’s brightest fluid mechanics minds. Unfortunately online copies are not available to the public but there are physical copies available in libraries around the country including the University of Tasmania and University of Queensland.