Chalmers Organization

Chalmers is today organized according to the Principle

One department for each differential equation:

Mechanics Department: Lagrange's equations

Physics Dept: Schrödinger's equation

Theoretical Physics Dept: Einsteins's equation

Solid Mechanics Dept: Navier's elasticity equations

Fluid/Gas Dynamics Dept: Navier-Stokes/Euler equations

Electromagnetics Dept: Maxwell's equations

Hydraulics Dept: Wave equation

Chemical Reaction Eng. Dept: Convection-diffusion-reaction equation

Physical Chemistry Dept: Kohn-Sham equation

Industrial Economy Dept: Black-Schole's

Energy Dept: Heat equation

Structural Mechanics Dept: Beam and Plate equation

Nuclear Energy Dept: Neutron transport equation

Gas Kinetics Dept: Boltzmann's equation

The principle illustrates the importance and traditional difficulty of solving differential equations.

A new paradigm is now emerging:

With the development of a general methodology for solving differential equations during the last fifty years (the finite element method), the traditional model is now becoming obsolete and a new model building on interdisciplinary cooperation is emerging (e.g. Chalmers Finite Element Center).

Last modified: Wed Aug 28 13:02:10 CEST 2002