73154 Topics in Applied Mathematics
Fall 1999: Modeling and Computer Simulation of Multidomain Physical Systems

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Modern engineering systems involve coupled interactions of many physical domains, including electrical, mechanical, fluid, and thermal effects. Different departments of an engineering school teach you how to model each physical domain separately, but how can these models be integrated into a computer simulation model of the coupled system? This is the question addressed in this course.

Course Contents

The course is based on Richard A. Layton's book Principles of Analytical System Dynamics, Springer, 1998. Topics include:

An additional optional pair of full-day lectures on Multiphysics modeling in industry at CSC Espoo discusses computer simulation of industrial problems involving coupling of fluid dynamics, heat transfer, structural engineering, electromagnetics and chemistry.

Target Audience

The course is aimed at 3rd-4th year or graduate engineering students in all fields. A maximum of 15 students may participate.


The course is coordinated by professor Robert Piché, office Sg308, tel (03) 365 2169, fax (03) 365 3549, email firstname.lastname@tut.fi, office hour Thursdays 9-10.

The course is lectured in English by professor Richard A. Layton of North Carolina A&T State University.

Optional supplementary lectures in Espoo are organised by CSC (Finnish Centre for Scientific Computing).


All lectures by Prof. Layton are given within the two-week period Oct. 25-Nov 4. Lectures are 3:15pm-5pm (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays) and 4pm-6pm (Tuesdays), all in room Sg209. Two 2-hour exercise periods will be held later via Internet.

Optional supplementary full-day lectures in Espoo are Nov 25-26, 1999.


There is no exam. Students are expected to complete a simulation project and write a report in English. The course is worth 2 credits (2ov). One additional credit can be obtained by attending the supplementary lectures in Espoo.

This is http://matwww.ee.tut.fi/~piche/multidomain/index.html
Updated Sept 17, 1999.
author: Robert Piché