Center for Fluids at all Scales

About the Center

Center for Fluids at all Scales

The purpose of CFAS is to promote research and disseminate knowledge on the study of fluids at all physical scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic. The Center also aims at promoting research on the application of fluid knowledge to various areas of the sciences and engineering. Examples of current research include studies of the micron-sized channels in microfluidic devices and blood vessels, the turbulence found behind parachutes and aircraft (see photo, courtesy of US Army Natick Soldier Center), and the superfluid interiors of neutron stars. CFAS is inherently a multidisciplinary enterprise that regroups researchers and students from Saint Louis University and elsewhere. CFAS sponsors monthly seminars on the activites of its members, as well as on research presented by visitors and guests. CFAS also aims at promoting joint research projects regrouping experts of various disciplines and academic departments. Visit News and Publications pages for additional information.

Areas of Research

  • Microfluidics: applications to biomedical lab-on-a-chip devices and biofuelcells
  • Biofluids: red blood cell rheology
  • Theory and modeling of turbulence: incorporating effects of transition, flow unsteadiness, and compressibility (supersonic flows)
  • Computational fluid dynamics:  aerothermodynamics, astrophysical simulations
  • Fundamental principles governing fluids at all scales: multi-fluid formalism that includes dissipation
  • Astrophysical fluid dynamics: oscillations in superfluid neutron stars and their associated gravitational wave emission

CFAS Research Team

  1. Greg Comer, Ph.D. (point of contact)
  2. Scott Martin, Ph.D.
  3. Mark McQuilling, Ph.D.
  4. K. Ravindra, Ph.D.
  5. William Thacker, Ph.D.