When the Journal of Engineering Mathematics launched in 1967, published by Noordhoff International Publishing, the aim was:
to promote the application of mathematics to engineering problems and to stress the intrinsic unity of the fundamental problems of different branches of engineering. Manuscripts of a purely mathematical character are only considered for publication if their bearing on engineering subjects is apparent, on the other hand contributions on engineering subjects are only acceptable if the mathematical approach to the problem considered is essential.
Last year marked the 50th year of the journal’s publication, now published by Springer Nature. This anniversary was celebrated by the release of a special anniversary issue containing papers typical of the style and direction of the Journal, all authored or co-authored by the current editorial board of the Journal. The 50th year special issue is prefaced by a word from the current Editors-in-Chief, S. K. Wilson (University of Strathclyde) and O. K. Matar (Imperial College London), detailing the objectives of the Journal at its inception as well as in the present day, as well as stylistic changes that have taken place over its 50 year lifespan. The papers that follow fall into five broad areas representing publication themes of the Journal.
The first area, the influence of boundaries on flow, features original papers on entrainment and boundary-layer separation, micro-slot injection into a boundary layer driven by a favourable pressure gradient, flooding and sinking of an originally skimming body, variational modelling of wave–structure interactions with an offshore wind-turbine mast and interacting convection modes in a saturated porous medium of nearly square platform.
Following this are three articles on the subject of two phase flow: motion of a spherical liquid drop in simple shear flow next to an infinite plane wall or fluid interface and compressibility effects on outflows in a two-fluid system both for a line source in cylindrical geometry and a point source in spherical geometry.
The third topic is flow dynamics in the presence of anti-surfactants or non-Newtonian rheology, with papers on simple waves and shocks in a thin film of a perfectly soluble anti-surfactant solution, simulations of a heavy ball falling through a sheared suspension and primary cementing of oil and gas wells in turbulent and mixed regimes.
The next area covered is field manipulation of interfacial flows, consisting of a review of simulations and modelling of ferrofluids and magnetically guided superparamagnetic particles in flows and a paper discussing dynamics and stability of three-dimensional ferrofluid films in a magnetic field.
The issue concludes with two solid mechanics papers on Boussinesq’s problem for a cracked halfspace and the Newtonian potential inhomogeneity problem.
The wide scope of these articles, all authored by the Journal’s own editorial board goes to demonstrate the variety of work covered by the Journal of Engineering Mathematics. By demonstrating the diversity of problems approached using Engineering Mathematics methodology, this special anniversary issue is a fitting tribute to the 50 years of high quality publications that the Journal has brought to the scientific community.
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