Modeling and Simulation of Interface Dynamics in Fluids/Solids and Their Applications

(23 Apr 2018–25 May 2018)

Organizing Committee


  • Weiqing Ren ( National University of Singapore and Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR)


  • Xiaoping Wang ( The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Contact Information

General Enquiries: ims(AT)
Scientific Aspects Enquiries: matrw(AT)


This one-month program will focus on modeling and simulation of the dynamics of interfaces, in particular, with moving contact lines, in fluid and solid systems. The objective of this program is to bring together applied and computational mathematicians, physicists, as well as researchers in applied sciences to present the latest development of mathematical models and numerical methods, and to discuss applications related to the interfacial phenomena in fluids and solids.

Many fluid/solid systems involve interesting and important dynamics of interfaces between different phases. The different phases can be both liquids, such as water and oil, or a liquid phase and a gas (vapor) phase, or a solid phase above the melting temperature and a gas phase. Very often, a boundary, usually a solid substrate, is present and a contact line forms at the place where the three phases meet, such as in the spreading of a droplet on a solid substrate. Modeling and simulation of such systems is a rather challenging task, as it requires the coupling of interface dynamics with the dynamics of the fluid or solid in the bulk. The problem becomes even more challenging in the presence of moving contact lines. For fluid systems, the difficulty stems partly from the fact that classical hydrodynamic equations, the Navier-Stokes equations, coupled with the conventional no-slip boundary condition predict a singularity for the stress that results in a nonphysical divergence for the energy dissipation rate. The same issues exist in the solid wetting/de-wetting problem. The modeling of interfacial dynamics with moving contact lines and the development of efficient numerical methods are the focus of this one-month program. Besides these theoretical issues, we will also have materials scientists involved in the program to discuss industrial applications.


For full details of the program, please click here.

  • Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Interface-related Problems: 30 Apr–3 May 2018
  • Tutorial Sessions: 9–10 May 2018
  • Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Interface Dynamics in Fluids/Solids and Applications: 14–18 May 2018
  • Public Lecture: 10 May 2018, 6:30pm–7:30pm
    A History of Moving Contact Lines
    Stephen H. Davis, Northwestern University, USA
    Venue: NUS University Hall, Auditorium, Lee Kong Chian Wing, Level 2, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077
  • An Afternoon of Activities, 16 May 2018
    Jointly organized with Department of Mathematics, NUS

    • Colloquium Lecture by Michael Miksis , Northwestern University, USA
    • Young Mathematician Lecture by Wei Jiang , Wuhan University, China
    • Seminar by Zhen Zhang, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Please note that our office will be closed on the following public holiday.
-1 May 2018, Labour Day.


  • IMS Auditorium
  • Block S17, #04-06, Seminar Room 1, Department of Mathematics, NUS, 10 Lower Kent Ridge Road Singapore 119076 (16 May 2018, 2pm-5pm)


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