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The scientific program will include four award lectures and eight invited lectures along with minisymposia, focus sessions, contributed papers, poster sessions, exhibits, and the Gallery of Fluid Motion poster and video entries. Over 2700 contributed abstracts have been submitted.

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Awards Program

Each year the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics presents the Fluid Dynamics Prize, the Fran├žois Frenkiel Award, the Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award, and the Stanley Corrsin Award.

Invited Lectures and Minisymposia

Eight invited lectures on topics of broad interest to the DFD community will be given by experts in each field. The program also includes minisymposia dealing with exciting current research.

Focus Sessions –
1) Instabilities at Soft Interfaces

Hydrodynamic instabilities are ubiquitous in nature and industry. They can be desirable in some cases, such as mixing enhancement due to turbulence or viscous fingering, and undesirable in others, such as structural damage due to vortex-induced vibrations. Many classical hydrodynamic instabilities occur at fluid-fluid interfaces, including viscous fingering and capillary breakup. Interfacial instabilities are complex and striking because they are fundamentally coupled to the evolving interface and can be influenced by a wide range of interfacial phenomena, including capillarity, mass transfer, and phase change. They are therefore also inherently challenging by virtue of being multi-physics, moving-boundary problems.

Importantly, not all interfacial instabilities are purely hydrodynamic. Flows through granular materials, past slender structures, and along soft, fragile, or soluble solids can all exhibit complex and fascinating instabilities. These problems have attracted interest recently across a broad range of contexts, such as capillary wrinkling of a floating sheet, capillary buckling and coiling of an elastic rod, flow over a melting, dissolving, or eroding surface, or fluid injection under an elastic membrane.
These instabilities at soft interfaces occur in a wide variety of practical problems and across a wide range of topics in fluid dynamics. Our goal here is to highlight the commonalities and differences in these phenomena by bringing together a variety of researchers and talks that would otherwise be spread across disparate sessions, including particle-laden flows, granular flows, free-surface flows, drops and bubbles, and fluid-structure interactions.
We aim to encourage fluid mechanicians from different disciplines to share experimental, mathematical, and numerical approaches to tackling these problems.
2) Disgust: the fluid dynamics of the gross
This focus session is devoted to fluid dynamic phenomena that make us squeamish. Example flows include the expulsion of mucus from a clogged nostril, waste elimination, parturition, and blood donation and transfusion. These are fluid events that do not fit into typical flow characterizations. While largely biological flow phenomena, they are most closely linked by their ability to incite disgust. Despite our natural inclination to avoid the gross, human and animal life often depends on the physics that underlie these processes. We will devote a focus session to celebrating, and understanding, these vital and fascinating fluid events: from boogers and poop to babies and bugs.