Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics

Weekly Seminar
Weekly Seminar

Annual Symposium
CEAFM Dual Degree Program

Weekly Seminar: Spring 2013

Speaker: Dr. Peter Schmid (École Polytechnique, France)
Title: "Flow control using a model-based and data-based approach"

Date: Friday, March 8, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Gilman Hall 50 (Marjorie M. Fisher Hall)


Flow control aims at the targeted manipulation of inherent flow behavior and is a critical component in efforts to delay instabilities, reduce drag, decrease receptivities or extend the operational parameter range of a fluid device. The design of flow control strategies relies on a model for the fluid system but also a model for the noise environment.

The latter model poses great challenges and often presents the weakest link in the overall design process. A data-based approach, adapting techniques from system identification, introduces a more promising way of control design that is capable of reducing the inherent noise amplification in linear flows or of diminishing the limit-cycle behavior in nonlinear flows. We will present and discuss the critical steps in the design of flow control schemes for linear and nonlinear flow behavior and compare and contrast a model-based and data-based approach.


Peter Schmid obtained his Engineer's degree in Aerospace Sciences from the TU Munich, Germany and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT. He was a faculty member of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle, before joining the French Research Agency (CNRS) and the École Polytechnique in Paris, France.

Upcoming Seminar

CEAFM Seminar

Speaker: Prof. Elie Bou-Zeid (Princeton University)
Title: "New insights into the dynamics of the stably-stratified Ekman boundary layer from direct and large-eddy simulations"

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Gilman Hall 132

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