This seminar is intended to illustrate the mutual benefit of mathematical research and real-life applications taking the cooperation of mathematicians and an italian shipyard for rowing boats as an example.

The mathematical background comprising topics like variational inequalities, fluid dynamics, fluid structure interaction, free-surface flows, or multibody dynamics will be discussed as well as mathematical modelling and numerical simulations of the dynamics of rowing boats.

We are also planning to offer opportunities for practical experiencing the (in-)stability of single sculls.


Luca Formaggia, Edie Miglio, Andrea Mola and Antonio Montano:  "A model for the dynamics of rowing boats." International journal for numerical methods in fluids 61.2 (2009): 119-143.

Luca Formaggia, Edie Miglio, Andrea Mola, Nicola Parolini: "Fluid–structure interaction problems in free-surface flows: application to boat dynamics." International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids (2008); 56(8):965–978.

Luca Formaggia, Edie Miglio, Andrea Mola, and Anna Scotti: "Numerical simulation of the dynamics of boats by a variational inequality approach." In: Variational analysis and aerospace engineering (2009); pp. 213-227, Springer, New York, NY. (2009)