Krishnan Mahesh

Krishnan Mahesh

Krishnan Mahesh

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Rm 124
110 Union Street SE





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

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. Dr. 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.

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Honors and Awards

2011: Fellow- American Physical Society

2010: George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research

2009: Associate Fellow - American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

2005: Fellow - Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

2005: McKnight Presidential Fellowship Award

2005: Guillermo Borja Award

2003: McKnight Land-Grant Professorship

2002: CAREER award

1997: Francois N Frenkiel award

1989: Institute Silver Medal

Selected Publications

Asaithambi, R. & Mahesh, K., 2017, A note on a conservative finite volume approach to address numerical stiffness in polar meshes, Journal 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 surfaces, Physical Review Fluids, Vol. 2, Issue 5, Article 054002, (Journal Article) 

Kumar, P. & Mahesh, K., 2017, Large eddy simulation of propeller wake� instabilities, Journal 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 cylinder, J. 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)