A turbulent life: Monfort Professor to discuss physics of fluids

Where there’s fluid flow, there’s usually turbulence – in rivers, estuaries and oceans, as well as pipelines, water treatment plants and power stations. Karan Venayagamoorthy, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, studies turbulence and how it affects both natural and engineered systems.

Karan Venayagamoorthy
Karan Venayagamoorthy

Venayagamoorthy, a CSU Monfort Professor for 2015-17, will discuss his research on turbulent flows during the Monfort Lecture, Feb. 23, 4-5 p.m. in the Longs Peak Room at the Lory Student Center. All are welcome.

According to Venayagamoorthy, understanding turbulence is key to enhancing humans’ ability to predict, for example, how fluid flow mixes and transports chemicals, pollutants, nutrients and sediments in both natural and engineered flow systems.

For the Monfort Lecture, he’ll provide an overview of the phenomenon of turbulence, and its relevance to problems in environmental and water engineering. In particular, he’ll present research on turbulent flows in the natural environment, and flow dynamics in disinfection contact tanks for drinking water treatment. He will also highlight CSU’s state-of-the-art Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory and the studies being conducted there.

The Monfort Professorship, one of the university’s top honors, was established in 2002 through a gift from the Monfort Family Foundation. It awards $150,000 over two years to outstanding CSU faculty in support of their research and teaching.