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Canada Research Chair in Modeling Complex Flows

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  • Sciences et génie
Seyed Mohammad Taghavi

Seyed Mohammad Taghavi

Associate Professor

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Dr. Seyed Mohammad Taghavi completed his PhD, specializing in fluid flows, at the University of British Columbia in 2011. After 3 years of research experience as a postdoc at University of Michigan and as Banting postdoctoral fellow at McGill, he became a professor at Université Laval in 2014. He has trained tens of graduate students and interns, and his team has so far contributed more than 60 refereed papers in field of complex flows in the leading journals dealing with fluid flow problems.

Chair expertise

Fluid Mechanics
Modeling Fluid Flows
Complex Flows
Experimental Fluid Flows
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Hydrodynamic Stability
Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics


Our research program revolves around crucial fluid dynamics issues that appear in real industrial processes, whose multiphase, non-Newtonian and/or multiphysics nature will be addressed by developing advanced mathematical models, in combination with novel laboratory experiments. Our unique expertise in fluid flow modeling with complete, extended and rather large basis allows us to target 2 application areas in key Canadian industrial processes, where analyzing fluid dynamics can play a critical role for process optimization towards global competitiveness.

The Canada Research Chair in Modeling Complex Flows will rely on fluid dynamics knowledge and an interdisciplinary research approach to deliver mathematical flow models, validated by experiments, as an essential tool in the design and optimization of key industrial processes where fluid mechanics issues are critical. The program will target application areas which are of prime importance to Canada to address its energy and environmental issues. Students trained will experience a unique educational environment designed for modeling complex flows, a research area for which the demand for expertise and skills is increasing.


Provide advanced fluid flow models in combination with novel laboratory experiments, as an essential tool in the design and optimization of key Canadian industrial processes where fluid mechanics issues are critical.



By developing advanced mathematical models and novel experiments, our research program will improve the existing body of fluid dynamics knowledge, in particular in the challenging research areas of multiphase, non-Newtonian and multiphysics flow problems. 


The research under the Canada Research Chair in modeling complex flow offers exceptional opportunities for training students, helping them to reach their full potential and improve their competitiveness to occupy key research- and industrial-oriented positions in Canada. These students develop cutting edge expertise in mathematical modeling, complex fluid phenomena, experimental methods, computational simulation, and rheology, while working in an interdisciplinary environment.

Knowledge transfer

We have established several formal links with industry in national and international levels. Our goal is to maintain these collaborations and create new ones to enhance technology transfer through industrial partnerships, which in return will generate benefits for Canadians.

Canada Research Chair in Modeling Complex Flows

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Université Laval
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