When: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Kim Engineering : Rooms 1107 & 1111 : Kaye Board Rooms
Event Type(s): Diversity
"Understanding Explosions: From Catastrophic Accidents to the Creation of the Universe"
Elaine S. Oran, Senior Scientist for Reactive Flow Physics at the Naval Research Laboratory, will speak on scenarios that range from the Big Bang to thermonuclear explosions in stars to magnetohydrodynamic explosions in the sun, and to most of the chemical explosions on earth. In each case, the explosion event is short and dramatic, and it is usually with excitement and alarm that we see, hear, or feel the effects. Dr. Oran examines some of the fundamental fluid and chemical properties and transitions that are the underpinnings of all explosions. In this presentation, she will consider how the transitions that occur on the smallest scales can have catastrophic large-scale effects.