Arthur E.P. Veldman

Research

Professional biography

Affiliation

Teaching

MSc students

PhD students

Utilization

Other information
Research
Arthur Veldman led the research group
Computational Mechanics and Numerical Mathematics within the
Research Institute of Mathematics and Computing Science between 1990 and 2013.
The group participates in the Dutch Graduate School on Fluid Dynamics
J.M. Burgerscentrum.
More information about our research can be found through the following links.
Professional biography
Arthur Veldman obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of
Groningen. In 1977 he joined the National Aerospace Laboratory NLR in
Amsterdam, where he was involved in various projects in the area of
computational aero and hydrodynamics. In addition, between 1984 and 1990 he
was parttime professor of CFD at Delft University of Technology. In 1990 he
returned to Groningen, where he occupied the chair in Computational
Modelling until his retirement in 2013.
Affiliation
prof.dr. A.E.P. Veldman
Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computing Science and Artificial Intelligence
University of Groningen
P.O. Box 407, 9700 AK Groningen, The Netherlands
tel: +31 (0)50 3633988 (secr. 3633939)
fax: +31 (0)50 3633800
email: click here
www:
http://www.math.rug.nl/~veldman
office: Bernoulliborg 372, Nijenborgh 9, 9747 AG Groningen
Teaching
Supervisd theses
Utilization
Most of the MSc and PhDprojects have been carried out in close cooperation with experts in the application area at other university departments, technological research laboratories or industry research labs. A detailed list of the partners involved can be obtained by clicking on the corresponding graph below.
Examples of utilization
Freefall life boats
Greenwater on containership
A historic account of our cooperation with the space and offshore industry can be found in this document, describing the development of our simulation method for multiphase flow: ComFLOW .
Lessons learned
Half a century of developing mathematical methods for describing the world around us has provided much insight in what the character of Applied Mathematics should be and what purpose it should serve.
These experiences can be gathered in the following lessons:

Applied Mathematics is the science of developing a universal language and `toolkit' to describe, better understand (and hopefuly improve) the world around us.

In Applied Mathematics, newly developed methods and algorithms must be tested on reallife applications (in contrast to academic model problems).

Do realize that the applicationowners had to deal with the problem for a long time, and have gathered much understanding of it. Acknowledge that they know much more about their problem than you do, and use this knowledge for your scientific advantage. Thus, it will not be a surprise that ...

... innovations in Applied Mathematics are strongly stimulated, not to say enforced, by the extra challenges of reallife applications. In other words:
`Necessity is the mother of innovation
(free after Aesop  ancient Greek storyteller)

A longlasting cooperation with the world outside Academia can only be achieved and maintained when your scientific position is stateoftheart, well ahead of the existing (open source and commercial) methods.

And probably the most important lesson:
When communicating with the real world, use everyday language, avoiding mathematical jargon.
Only in this way you can build up sufficient trust, so that industry might support your, hopefully problemsolving, explorations of the scientific unknown.
Acting according to the above `lessons learned', an Applied Mathematician has the whole world (and universe) at his/her feet: from applications in space, in the atmosphere, at sea, along the coast and even inside the human body. Who wants more ...