ENERXICO talks about state-of-the-art technologies in the energy sector at the Enzo Levi Seminar
16 November 2020

Enzo Levi Seminar

Organizer: División de Dinámica de Fluidos (DDF) de la Sociedad Mexicana de Física (SMF), or “Fluid Dynamics Division of the Mexican Physical Society”
DDF President: Dr. Roanna Bonasia; DDF Vice-president: Dr. Enrique Guzmán

What is the Enzo Levi Seminar?

On October 30th, 2020, the Fluid Dynamics Division of the Mexican Physical Society, in collaboration with the UNAM’s School of Engineering and the School of Science, held its traditional seminar in honor of Professor Enzo Levi.

Prof. Enzo Levi was a preeminent scientist, who made key contributions to the field of hydraulics by employing refined theoretical techniques to solve problems emerging in large man-made structures, such as reservoirs, dams, spillways, water supply systems, etc. In 1957 he was co-founder of the UNAM’s School of Engineering, where he conducted his theoretical and experimental research until the year 1987. Prof. Levi was a highly decorated researcher and teacher but, above all, he was rightly regarded as a genuine humanist by friends and colleagues alike.

Today, the Mexican scientific community commemorates his legacy through the Enzo Levi Seminar. Its purpose is to convey a view of recent developments in the field of thermal and fluid sciences to a broad audience. For this reason, in addition to those enthusiasts interested in scientific and technological novelties, the regular attendees include students, faculty, and representatives from the industry.

ENERXICO´s talks on state-of-the-art technologies in the energy sector

In order to fulfill the objective of the Seminar, the organizing committee strives to gather prominent scientists and engineers from around the world to lecture on specific topics of their choice. This year’s event focused on the state-of-the-art technologies applied in the energy sector. Since the emphasis was placed on renewable energies, the European invited speakers discussed the role of High Performance Computing (HPC) techniques in the development of such applications. In particular, researchers from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Spain) and from the Instituto de Investigaciones Nucleares (Mexico) talked about the work they carry out within the framework of the ENERXICO project.

Dr. José Maria Cela, director of the Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (CASE) Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, discussed the nature of the challenges involved in the HPC with his talk “Simulaciones de fluidos en los supercomputadores actuales” (Flow Simulations in Current Supercomputers). Then, Dr. Josep de la Puente presented interesting details about the application of seismic waves simulations to geomechanics in the talk “El rol de las simulaciones de ondas en la exploración de la Tierra y el interior del cuerpo humano” (The role of wave based simulations in the exploration of the Earth and the Human body’s interior). Finally, Dr. Jaime Klapp from the ININ’s Physics Department, gave the talk “Desarrollo de un simulador de yacimientos fracturados y su aplicación a la solución de problemas de extracción de petróleo en México” (Development of a simulator for fractured reservoirs and its application to solve the problems of the petroleum extraction in Mexico).

The seminar was closed by Dr. Rosanna Bonasia, current president of the Fluid Dynamics Division of the SMF, who thanked the participants and informed them that this year’s edition of the Enzo Levi Seminar had been quite successful. The number of attendees was higher than the year before, with around 70 persons directly connected to the webinars, with an additional 200 persons watching the video streaming through the DDF’s Facebook channel.