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Edward R. Vrscay

Department of Applied Mathematics
Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Tel: (519) 888 4567 x 35455
Office: MC 6326 (please note the change)
e-mail: ervrscay "at" uwaterloo.ca

Current research activities

Current industrial research and collaboration

The ''Chrysler-Waterloo Project:'' Design of a new generation of conformable high-pressure vessels for gaseous fuels in automotive applications

In collaboration with Chrysler, we are developing a framework for the design of compressed gaseous fuel vessels that will occupy arbitrary geometries. More specifically, we seek to develop algorithms for fitting a network of tubes with a range of diameters into an arbitrary three-dimensional region. This work is currently being supported with a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) with Chrysler Canada Inc. as industrial sponsor. (The heading of this section is the title of the CRD Grant.)

The following three faculty members are involved in this project:

This research is highly interdisciplinary in nature, involving various aspects of optimization, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, software design and computing. Both theory and application play important roles.

Three M.Math. students and one M.Sc. students have worked on this project. We are now looking for new students. In particular, we are looking for dedicated and creative problem solvers. The work will continue to employ ideas and methods from a variety of mathematical and scientific disciplines. We also expect students to be able to work both independently as well as with our team of faculty members and students, in addition to representatives from Chrysler and its industrial partners involved in the project.

Past research activities

Mathematical physics, in particular quantum theory. At one time, this represented a major research activity of mine. However, as time progressed and my activities in mathematical imaging were expanding, there was less and less time (and energy!) available to supervise graduate students in this area. As a result, I decided in 2007 that I would not take any new graduate students. It was a difficult decision for a number of reasons: Here is a brief list of areas of quantum mechanics in which I have worked, arranged chronologically from past to most recent:

Primary research collaborators

Courses recently taught

Here are my lecture or supplementary notes for some courses taught recently.

Recent graduate students and undergraduate research assistants