General Information


The 8th biennial International Workshop on the Physics of Compressible Turbulent Mixing (8th IWPCTM) will be held at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) ( in Pasadena, California, USA, from December 9-14, 2001. The Workshop will be held in the Beckman Institute Auditorium on campus , and is hosted by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) (


The scientific program will broadly cover the following areas as applied to one-, two-, and three-dimensional, multi-fluid transitional and turbulent compressible and variable-density flows:

  • Theoretical studies and modeling of compressible turbulent mixing
  • Numerical simulations of compressible turbulent mixing
  • Experimental studies of turbulent mixing
  • Applications of turbulent mixing

The principal objective of the Workshop is to enhance the understanding of the complex hydrodynamics and physics of interfacial instability-induced (i.e., Rayleigh-Taylor Richtmyer-Meshkov, and Kelvin-Helmholtz unstable) flows in the linear, weakly-nonlinear, nonlinear, and turbulent regimes over a wide range of energy densities.


The format of the 8th IWPCTM will be similar to that of previous Workshops, and will consist of both oral and poster presentations. The Workshop will consist of:

  • approximately 60 oral presentations (20 minutes each)
  • a poster session
  • informal round table discussions
  • presentation and analysis of numerical test problems.

In addition, four one hour invited review talks that summarize progress, the current state-of-the-art, and future directions in the areas of theory and modeling, numerical simulations, and experiments are planned. The speakers are:

  • Theory and modeling:

    - D. Shvarts

    Nuclear Research Center, Beer-Sheeva, IL

  • Numerical simulations:

    - D. L. Youngs

    Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, UK

  • Experiments:

    - J.-F. Haas

    Commissariat a L'Energie Atomique, FR

    - S. G. Zaytsev

    Krzhizhanovsky Power Engineering Institute, RU

The scientific program will occupy approximately four and one-half days. Refreshments will be provided at the breaks. Rooms will be available near the Beckman Institute Auditorium during the Workshop for informal discussions and "break out" sessions.

The standard numerical simulation test problems that have been traditional at the IWPCTM will be posted shortly.

A book of abstracts and scientific program listing will be available at the Workshop (and posted on the 8th IWPCTM website). The Workshop Proceedings will be published after the Workshop on a fully-indexed CD-ROM, and will also be available on the IWPCTM website in Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF).

Tentative Schedule
Second Announcement
June 1
Notification of Abstract Acceptance
July 1
Final Announcement
October 1
Foreign Paperwork Submission Deadline
October 8
Registration Deadline
November 9


The official language of the conference is English. No translation service will be provided.

International Workshop on the Physics of
Compressible Turbulent Mixing

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