Mathematical Problems in Engineering
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CiteScore1.800
Journal Citation Indicator0.400
Impact Factor1.305

Numerical Computations for Flow Patterns and Force Statistics of Three Rectangular Cylinders

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Chief Editor, Professor Guangming Xie, is currently a full professor of dynamics and control with the College of Engineering, Peking University. His research interests include complex system dynamics and control and intelligent and biomimetic robots.

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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
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Acceptance rate27%
Submission to final decision64 days
Acceptance to publication34 days
CiteScore1.800
Journal Citation Indicator0.400
Impact Factor1.305
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