The group works on interdisciplinary projects on the applied mathematics-statistics-engineering-physics interface. It is led by Professor Larissa Fradkin whose mathematical interests revolve mainly around non-linear mathematics, inverse problems, Hamiltonian systems, Lagrangian description and asymptotic approximation. Statistical aspects of her work have been concentrated on exploratory data analysis based on the system identification methods for the purposes of mathematical modelling large real-world systems. Her engineering projects have been in thermal combustion, energy generation (geothermal, thermonuclear, nuclear), hydrology and structural integrity (NDE), mainly of nuclear plants, but recent projects are also of importance to safety in rail engineering and (potentially) safety of oil pipelines. In physics Larissa has worked on multi-scale description of geothermal reservoirs, characterisation of parameters of immiscible flows, underwater acoustics, turbulence in Tokamak plasmas, particle tracking, chaotic advection and since she moved to LSBU, propagation and scattering of elastic waves.
The main aim of Waves and Fields Research Group is to develop a new generation of fast and accurate semi-analytical codes for modelling ultrasonic inspection. The work culminated in the group solving a long standing problem of diffraction by an elastic wedge – of interest in both applied mathematics and engineering. The codes developed by the group are now being implemented in various commercial packages.
The group initiated exciting experiments on physics of crack propagation and re-direction in PMMA, got involved in studying acoustics of exciting new materials known as nematics elastomers and now secured a prestigious DTI/EPSRC grant under the Basic Technology – Proof of concept call on Nano-imaging and mechanical testing of soft materials.
We have also designed and developed a Cognitive Tutor, electronic Personal Algebra and Calculus Tutorial to involve students in a Socratic dialogue based on Eulearian sequencing.
Professor V.M. Babich, Steklov Mathematical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
Professor V.A. Borovikov, Institute for Problems in Mechanics. Moscow, Russia
Professor L.R. Botvina, Institute of Metallurgy, Academy of Sciences, Russia
Professor V.S. Buldyrev, Physics Department, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Professor Art Gautesen, Mathematics Department, Iowa State University, USA
Professor K.T.V. Grattan, Electrical, Electronic and Information Engnng, Dept., City University
Professor E. Glushkov, Kuban State University, Russia
Dr N. Glushkov, Kuban State University, Russia
Dr J. Hudson, DAMTP, Cambridge University
Professor A.P. Kiselev, Steklov Mathematical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
Professor G. Mishuris, Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland
Dr B.A. Samokish, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, St. Petersburg, Russia
Dr B.Singh, Department of Mathematics, Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, India
Dr M. Spivak, DAMTP, Cambridge University
Professor. E. Terentjev, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University
Dr J. Weight, Electrical, Electronic and Information Engnng, Dept., City University
Dr D. Gridin, Dr I. Kamotski, Dr V. Kamotski,Dr V. Kubzin, Ms E. Krylova, Dr A. Nikonov, Dr R. Stacey, Dr D. Zakharov. Dr V. Zalipaev, Dr V. Zernov