AFM 2018

12th International Conference on Advances in Fluid Mechanics


10 - 12 July 2018
Ljubljana, Slovenia


AFM 2018

The 12th International Conference on Advances in Fluid Mechanics took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, organised by Wessex Institute, represented by Prof Santiago Hernandez, and the University of Maribor, co-chaired by Dr Jure Ravnik, and alongside him Professor Leopold Skerget from the Slovenian Academy of Engineering.

The AFM series of meetings has had a long history since starting in New Orleans in 1996. This was followed by Udine (1998); Montreal (2000); Ghent (2002); Lisboa (2004); Skiathos (2006); the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute (2008); The Algarve (2010); Split (2012); A Coruña (2014) and Ancona (2016).

Opening of the Conference

The meeting was opened by Dr Jure Ravnik from the University of Maribor who welcomed the attendees to Slovenia and specifically to Ljubljana, and by Professor Santiago Hernandez, Chief Academic Officer of Wessex Institute, who explained some of the activities taking place at the Wessex Institute, which is dedicated to the international dissemination of knowledge, particularly in the field of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

Prof Patrick de Wilde of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and member of the Board of Directors of WIT, then paid tribute to the late Prof Carlos A Brebbia, who died earlier this year.

Keynote Address

The conference was enhanced by two keynote addresses:

  • “CFD aided design in civil engineering structures: current examples and foreseeable future”, by Felix Nieto, University of A Coruña, Spain.
  • “Fundamental solutions in computational fluid dynamics”, by Leopold Skerget, Slovenian Academy of Engineering, Slovenia.

Invited Speakers

There were also a series of invited presentations:

  • “A review of modelling approaches for flow and heat transfer in nanofluids”, by Jure Ravnik, University of Maribor, Slovenia.
  • “Micro/Nano flows: vorticity generation”, by Trevor Moulden, University of Tennessee Space Institute, USA.
  • “An analytical study of the early stages of unsteady free convective flow from a differentially heated rotation sphere at large Grashof numbers”, by Serge D’Alessio, University of Waterloo, Canada.
  • “Numerical study of convective heat transfer in inclined porous enclosure saturated with nanofluid”, by Janja Kramer Stajnko, University of Maribor, Slovenia.
  • “Pressure loss of CO2 – water two phase flow under different operating conditions”, by Aziz Rahman, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar.

Conference Sessions

The Conference sessions covered a series of interesting papers which were grouped under the following headings:

  • Multiphase flow
  • Modelling of transport phenomena by BEM and other advanced numerical techniques
  • Nanofluids and nanotechnology
  • Fluid dynamics and interactions
  • Fluid-structure interactions and flows
  • Computational methods
  • Experimental measurements
  • Energy systems

Conference Publication

Papers presented at this conference will appear in Vol 120 of the WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences (ISSN 1743-3533). All papers presented at the meeting are now available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded.

A few papers have been selected for publication in the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements. The objective of this Journal is to provide the scientific community with a forum to present papers on the interaction and complementary aspects of computational methods and experimental measurements, and stress the importance of their harmonious development and integration.

ISAC Dinner

The International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) met over dinner to discuss the conference objectives and review the topics. Several suggestions were put forward to improve the conference, amongst them the addition of new topics, when it is reconvened in the future. It was also decided to invite some of the participants to join the ISAC.

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner took place in the Atelje restaurant which is famous for its sophisticated and creative cuisine. During the dinner Professor Kravanja gave a speech about the many artistic places of Ljubljana and mentioned some of the architects and engineers responsible of their design.

Closing of the Conference

The Conference was closed by Prof Santiago Hernandez who thanked the delegates for their participation and hoped that they would consider attending the next AFM conference when it is reconvened in 2020. He said that the success of the meeting was due to the quality of the presentations and the number of discussions that took place during the conference.

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