Krishnan Mahesh

Krishnan Mahesh

Krishnan Mahesh

Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Room 117A
110 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1996

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1990 

B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), 1989


Professional Background

Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2009-Present 

Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2005-2009

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2000-2005

Research Associate, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, 1997-2000

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, 1996-1997

Research Interests

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Professor Mahesh's group is involved in the computation, analysis, and modeling of turbulent flows. The overall focus is on fundamental advances in numerical algorithms, and understanding of flow physics that allow the prediction of multi-physics engineering flows. Traditionally high- fidelity simulation methods like direct numerical and large-eddy simulation have been restricted to fairly simple geometries and flow physics. Professor Mahesh's research focuses on developing numerical methods and turbulence models that are flexible enough to handle engineering geometries and complex physics without compromising the accuracy needed to simulate turbulence. Most of their simulations use unstructured grids on massively parallel computing platforms. Professor Mahesh conducts research into applications including propeller flows, hydroacoustics, cavitation, superhydrophobic surfaces, flow around maneuvering bodies, particle-laden flows and jet mixing.


Teaching Subjects
AEM 2011 -- Statics
AEM 4202 -- Aerodynamics
AEM 8201 -- Fluid Mechanics I
AEM 8211 -- Theory of Turbulence I
AEM 8295 -- Selected Topics in Fluid Mechanics
Currently Teaching Courses
AEM 4202 -- Aerodynamics
AEM 8253 -- Computational Methods in Fluid Mechanics

Honors and Awards

2017: Best Paper Award with J. Keller and P. Kumar, 5th Int'l Symposium on Marine Propulsors

2011: Fellow- American Physical Society

2010: George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research, University of Minnesota

2009: Associate Fellow - American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

2005: Fellow - Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

2005: McKnight Presidential Fellowship Award, University of Minnesota

2005: Guillermo Borja Award, University of Minnesota

2003: McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota

2002: CAREER award, National Science Foundation

1997: Francois N Frenkiel Award, American Physical Society

1989: Institute Silver Medal, Indian Institute of Technology 

Selected Publications

Asaithambi, R. & Mahesh, K., 2017, A note on a conservative finite volume approach to address numerical stiffness in polar meshesJournal of Computational Physics, Vol. 341, p. 377-385, (Journal Article) 

Li, Y., Alame, K. & Mahesh, K., 2017, Feature-resolved computational and analytical study of laminar drag reduction by superhydrophobic surfacesPhysical Review Fluids, Vol. 2, Issue 5, Article 054002, (Journal Article) 

Kumar, P. & Mahesh, K., 2017, Large eddy simulation of propeller wake� instabilitiesJournal of Fluid Mechanics, 814, p. 361-396, (Journal Article) 

A.Gnanaskandan, K.Mahesh, 2016, Numerical investigation of near-wake characteristics of cavitating flow over a circular cylinderJ. Fluid Mech, 790:453-491, (Journal Article) 

P.Iyer, K.Mahesh, 2016, A numerical study of shear layer characteristics of low-speed transverse jets, J. Fluid Mech, 790:275-307, (Journal Article) 


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