Biological fluid mechanics
More and more research is conducted at the interface between biology and fluid mechanics. This happens within many disciplines, from physiology (e.g. the interaction between blood flow and vessel walls) to aerodynamics (e.g. flapping animal flight). All these topics deal with the interaction between fluids and complex, changing geometry, and thus require similar experimental, numerical and analytical approached. One of the main challenges in this highly interdisciplinary research field is to bridge the gap between physics (fluid mechanics) and medical/biological sciences. To stimulate this, we aim to bring together researchers that work on Bio-Fluid Mechanics, by organizing seminars, workshops and courses on this topic. Although the contact group is affiliated with the JM Burgerscentrum, the participation from researchers from outside the JM Burgerscentrum is highly encouraged.
The contact group has led a rather dormant life during the last few years, but in 2019 a new start was made with a fresh coordinating team. The first kick-off meeting was held on 17 May 2019 at Delft University and Technology. The focus of a full-day meeting was on biomedical and biological applications and attracted 65 participants from the university medical centres (EMC Rotterdam, LUMC), industry (Philips) and academia (UT, TUE, TUD, WUR, UvA, UG). In 2020, Bas Borsje (UT) will be added as an additional contact person. It is aimed to organize the next Bio-Fluid Mechanics meeting in May 2021.