- Professor in the Department of Mathematics
- Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (Secondary)
Thomas Peter Witelski
Research Areas and Keywords
PDE & Dynamical Systems
My primary area of expertise is the solution of nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations for models of physical systems. Using asymptotics along with a mixture of other applied mathematical techniques in analysis and scientific computing I study a broad range of applications in engineering and applied science. Focuses of my work include problems in viscous fluid flow, dynamical systems, and industrial applications. Approaches for mathematical modelling to formulate reduced systems of mathematical equations corresponding to the physical problems is another significant component of my work.
Chiou, J-G, Ramirez, SA, Elston, TC, Witelski, TP, Schaeffer, DG, and Lew, DJ. "Principles that govern competition or co-existence in Rho-GTPase driven polarization." Plos Computational Biology 14.4 (April 12, 2018): e1006095-null. Full Text Open Access Copy
Ji, H, and Witelski, TP. "Instability and dynamics of volatile thin films." Physical Review Fluids 3.2 (February 1, 2018). Full Text
Gao, Y, Ji, H, Liu, J-G, and Witelski, TP. "Global existence of solutions to a tear film model with locally elevated evaporation rates." Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena 350 (July 2017): 13-25. Full Text
Ji, H, and Witelski, TP. "Finite-time thin film rupture driven by modified evaporative loss." Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena 342 (March 2017): 1-15. Full Text
George, C, Virgin, LN, and Witelski, T. "Experimental study of regular and chaotic transients in a non-smooth system." International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics 81 (May 2016): 55-64. Full Text
Smolka, LB, McLaughlin, CK, and Witelski, TP. "Oil capture from a water surface by a falling sphere." Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 497 (May 2016): 126-132. Full Text
Dijksman, JA, Mukhopadhyay, S, Gaebler, C, Witelski, TP, and Behringer, RP. "Obtaining self-similar scalings in focusing flows." Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics 92.4 (October 22, 2015): 043016-. Full Text
Witelski, TP. "Preface to the special issue on “Thin films and fluid interfaces”." Journal of Engineering Mathematics 94.1 (October 2015): 1-3. Full Text
Peterson, E, Shearer, M, Witelski, TP, and Levy, R. "Stability of traveling waves in thin liquid films driven by gravity and surfactant." 2009.
Witelski, TP. "Computing finite-time singularities in interfacial flows." 2002.
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