Immersed boundary methods: Current Status and Future Research Directions

15 Jun 2009

Venue: building of the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date: 15-17 June, 2009


Over the last years, so-called immersed boundary methods have become increasingly popular in computational fluid dynamics.  In these methods, the boundaries of obstacles in a fluid are represented on a non-conforming grid, for instance curved obstacles are represented on a Cartesian grid.  The reasons for the popularity of these methods are ease of programming and cost-effectiveness. These issues are of primary importance for applications which involve costly simulations, such as LES and DNS. Moreover, these methods retain much of their elegance if  additional physics complicates matter, for instance if there are moving boundaries, as in biological flows,  or when many particles are added.

After a review article by Mittal and Iaccarino  in Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech in 2005 and some conference special sessions (for instance, Eccomas 2006, 2008) we think it is useful to hold a colloquium specifically focussed on immersed boundary methods.

We  organise a joint Academy/Euromech/Ercoftac/Eccomas colloquium on these methods, addressing currently interesting subjects as theory, error analysis, applications, implementation-issues, and best-practice. The goal is to bring together people who are known as experts, possible users and other interested people to assess the current status and future research directions.

All participants are encouraged to give a presentation, for which a 2-page abstract is due before the end of February 2009.

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Organising committee

  • M.J.B.M. Pourquie (TU Delft, Netherlands)
  • W.-P. Breugem (TU Delft, Netherlands)
  • B.J. Boersma (TU Delft, Netherlands)
  • S. Turek (Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Germany)
  • M. Wagenaar (secretariat, KNAW, Netherlands)

Invited speakers

  • G. Iaccarino (Stanford University, California, USA)
  • A. Prosperetti (Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA)
  • R. Verzicco (University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy)


The colloquium is held in the building of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at (address) Kloveniersburgwal 29 in the centre of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. The Academy building is known as the "Trippenhuis".

Both the Academy and the Albus Grand Hotel (see accomodation) are located nearby the train station Amsterdam Central Station. The airport of Amsterdam, Schiphol airport (see ) and Amsterdam Central Station (Amsterdam Centraal) are directly connected by railway (travel-time approximately 20 minutes). The service schedule of the Dutch railways can be found on In case you prefer to take a shuttle bus from Schiphol airport to your hotel, see Further information (including map) about how to get to the Academy building is available on

From Amsterdam Central Station, the Albus Grand Hotel can be reached by taxi or by tram 4, 9, 16, 24 and 25 (you must get off at the third stop: "Munt"). For the Vijzelstraat (where the hotel is located) you follow the street (pass the "Munttower") for another 100 m. You can also walk from Amsterdam Central Station to the hotel in about 20 minutes. The Academy is only 15 minutes by foot from the hotel.

A map of Amsterdam is available online on

For detailed public transport planning, see (in Dutch only).

Last but not least: the centre of Amsterdam is not easily accessible by car and parking is expensive. Travelling by public transport is therefore recommended.


The colloquium secretariat has pre-booked a limited number of rooms at the 3-star "Albus Grand Hotel"
( The price is  euro 142/158 per night for a single/double room, including breakfast.
The rooms are pre-booked for four nights, from Sunday 14 June till Thursday 18 June 2009. If you want to take hold of a reservation, indicate this on the registration form and Mrs. M. Wagenaar of the colloquium secretariat will contact you.

Other hotels in Amsterdam can be found on: