Dr. Crimaldi’s research is focused on the role of structured and turbulent fluid flows on the transport, dispersion, and reaction of scalar quantities in the flow. Much of the work involves studies of physical-biological interactions in ecosystem dynamics. Dr. Crimaldi runs a state-of-the-art fluid mechanics laboratory that utilizes laser-based, non-intrusive technologies to quantify the spatial and temporal distribution of momentum and chemical fields. Numerical and analytical approaches are used to elucidate process-level aspects of these complex systems.
Physical-biological interactions, stirring and mixing, reactive transport, phytoplankton motility and patchiness
CVEN 3313 - Theoretical Fluid Mechanics
Basic principles of fluid mechanic. Covers fluid properties, hydrostatics, fluid flow concepts, including continuity, energy, momentum, dimensional analysis and similitude and flow in closed conduits. Same as CHEN 3200 and MCEN 3021.
CVEN 5313 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
Analysis of viscous incompressible flows, with first-principle solutions for environmental fluid flows in oceans, rivers, lakes and the atmosphere. Topics include the Navier-Stokes equations, kinematics, vorticity dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, and density stratification. Recommended prerequisites: APPM 2350 and APPM 2360 and CVEN 3313.
CVEN 5343 - Transport and Dispersion in Surface Water
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
Studies transport and dispersion of introduced contaminants in turbulent surface water flows. Emphasizes developing a physical understanding of fluid processes responsible for turbulent dispersion. Includes analytical development, numerical modeling, and experimental approaches to the problem.
ENVS 5930 - Internship
Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
Provides academically supervised opportunities for environmental studies majors to work in public and private organizations on projects related to the students' research and career goals, and to relate classroom theory to practice.