Dr. M. Ramakrishna
Professor
Room No. ASE 111
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai 600 036

 
Phone Number:

+91-44-2257 4005 (Office)

Email me
krishna ae iitm ac in


Check whether you really want to do an MS/PhD under my guidance?


Note for students seeking internship / guidance during the summer/winter break: I do not have any positions available.







 
 
 

Check out a chapter of my book on CFD. The  chapter is a quick introduction to tensors and the equations of fluid motion. Feedback is appreciated.

  Education:
 
  • B.Tech., Aeronautical Engineering, IIT Madras, 1982

    Developed Euler equation solver on the surface of sphere to compute flow past a cone at an angle of attack in supersonic flow using shock fitting

  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, 1984

    Extended the numerical scheme, Direct Formal Integration, to solve incompressible boundary layer flows

  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, 1988

    Extended the numerical scheme, Direct Formal Integration, to solve compressible boundary layer flows


 
  Professional Experience:
 
  • Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras (2004 onwards)

  • Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras (1996 - 2004)

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras (1991 - 1996)

  • Visiting Faculty, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras (1990 - 1991)

  • Visiting Faculty, Department of Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington (1988 - 1990)

  • Teaching Associate, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (1984 - 1985, 1986-1988)

  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (1982-1984)
 
 
  Areas of Interest:
 
  • Fluid Mechanics

  • Numerical Methods and Computer Solutions

 
  Courses taught at IIT Madras and elsewhere:
  I have been teaching for about thirty years now.
 
IIT Madras:

  • Concepts in Engineering Design

  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

  • Introduction to Airplanes, Power plants and Systems

  • Aerospace Engineering Drawing

  • Fluid Mechanics

  • Aerodynamics

  • Gasdynamics

  • Flight Dynamics-I

  • Introduction to CFD

  • Aircraft Design

  • Aircraft Design Practice

  • Fundamentals of Aerospace Engineering - I

  • Boundary Layer Theory

  • Numerical Methods in Gasdynamics

  • Computational Aerodynamics

  • Grid Generation

  • Object Oriented Programming for Scientist and Engineers

Courses taught at University of Texas at Arlington:
( AE-Aerospace Engineering Department, MA - Mathematics Department)

  • Engineering Mechanics(Statics)(AE)

  • Aerodynamics of Real Fluids(AE)

  • Integral Methods in Science and Engineering(AE)

  • College Algebra(MA)

  • Analytical Geometry(MA)

  • Calculus-I(MA)

  • Calculus-II(MA)

  • Calculus-III(MA)

  • Introduction to Programming(UG)(AE)

  • Introduction to Programming& Graphics(PG)(MA)

 
  International Experience :
 
  • Sabbatical in Texas A & M in 2001

  • MS & PhD in University of Texas at Arlington

 
  Awards:
 
  • John DeYoung Outstanding Research award, University of Texas at Arlington, 1984

  • Sigma-Xi Graduate Research award Sigma-Xi , 1985

  • John DeYoung Outstanding Research award, University of Texas at Arlington, 1987

  • Best paper in CFD in 2004 from CFD Center, IIT Madras

 
  Research Interests:
 


 
  Most recently published papers:
 
  • L. Tao, M. Ramakrishna, K. R. Rajagopal.. Turbulence modeling from a new perspective, Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications

  • A. Burman, S. R. Mohan, M. Ramakrishna. Improvement of High Alpha Aerodynamics for Compound Delta Wing Aircraft Using Leading Edge Vortex Controller, AIAA 2008-336, 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 7 - 10 January 2008, Reno, Nevada

  • Prabhu Ramachandran, M. Ramakrishna, S. C. Rajan. Efficient Random Walks in the Presence of Complex Two-Dimensional Geometries, Computers And Mathematics With Applications, vol. 53, 329-344, January 2007

  • Prabhu Ramachandran, S. C. Rajan, M. Ramakrishna. A fast, two-dimensional higher order panel method., SIAM Journal on Scientifc Computing, vol. 26, no. 5, 1620-1642, May 2005

  • K. Kanaka Durga and M. Ramakrishna. A new multigrid algorithm for non-linear equations in conjunction with time-marching procedures. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Vol 39,No. 2, pp 233-245, 2004

  • Subrahmanyam, P. B., Sujith, R. I. and Ramakrishna, M. Determination of unsteady heat release distribution from acoustic pressure measurements: A reformulation of the inverse problem., JASA, Vol 114, No. 2, 2003

  • Prabhu Ramachandran, S. C. Rajan, and M. Ramakrishna. A fast, two-dimensional panel method. SIAM Journal on Scientifc Computing, Vol 24, No. 6, pp 1864-1878, 2003.

  • V. Vasudevan and M. Ramakrishna. Computation of noise spectral density in switched capacitor circuits using the mixed frequency-time technique. 40th design automation conference, Anaheim, USA, pages 538-541. ACM, IEEE, 2003.

  • Subrahmanyam, P. B., Sujith, R. I. and M. Ramakrishna, Determining Unsteady Heat Release Distribution from Acoustic Pressure Measurements, AIAA-2003-4494, 39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, July 2003

  • Krishnan L, M. Ramakrishna and S. C. Rajan, Study of the unsteady pressure oscillations induced by rectangular cavities in a supersonic flow field, Asian CFD Conference (ACFD 5), Oct 27- 30, 2003, Korea(Busan)


 
  Short term courses conducted:
 
  • CFD-Update (1992)

  • 3rd International Workshop of The Engineering Sciences Group (Flumec-2000), in 2000

  • 4th International Workshop of The Engineering Sciences Group ( Mechanics) in 2003


 
  Future plans:
 
Scholarship

 
  Details of major sponsored research projects:
 
  • Title of Project: Aerodynamic Load Estimation of a Helicopter Rotor in Hover and Climb and Development of a Computer Code
    Sponsor: IRDF
    Co-investigators: M. Balakrishnan (Department of Applied Mechanics) and S. C. Rajan (Department of Aerospace Engineering)

  • Title of Project: Study of Flow Through Axi symmetric / 2-D Variable area C D Nozzles
    Sponsor: ADA
    Co-investigators: K. A. Damodaran (Department of Aerospace Engineering)

  • Title of Project: A Distributed Problem Solver for Navier Stokes Equations
    Sponsor: IRDF
    Co-investigators: D. Janaki Ram (CSE)

  • Title of Project: Computation of Complex Flows
    Sponsor: IRDF - YF

  • Title of Project: Analysis of Flow Through Air Augmented Rockets
    Sponsor: ISRO

  • Title of Project: Design of an airbreathing hypersonic flying test bed
    Sponsor: ISRO
    Co-investigators: Rest of the Department

  • Title of Project: Modelling of impinging plasma jets
    Co-investigators: T. K. Bose

  • Title of Project: Analysis of Flow over and Airbreathing Vehicle using Distributed Computing
    Sponsor: ISRO
    Co-investigators: D. Janaki Ram (CSE)

  • Title of Project: Augmentation of Institute Network
    Sponsor: MHRD
    Co-investigators: 5 others

  • Title of Project: Establisment of CFD Centre
    Sponsor: DST
    Co-investigators: 5 others


 
  Details of major consultancy projects:
 



 
  Memberships in professional societies:
 
  • Member Sigma-Xi

  • Life Member - Aeronuatical Society of India(AeSI)

  • Member - Society of Industrial and applied mathematics(SIAM)

  • Member - Association of Computing Machinery(ACM)

 
  Current M.S. thesis guidance:
 
  •   None on Rolls

 
  Current Ph.D. thesis guidance:
 
  • K. Manokaran, Chaitanya Praveen, and V. Mythreya

 
  Past M.S. thesis guidance:
 
  • S. Ashok, K. Siva Prasad, R. Manimaran, Abhishek Burman, Jithesh Gopal, L. Krishnan, J. Senthil Kumar, V. Meenaskhi Sundaram, V. A. S. K. Chakravarthi, S. Sriram, K. Kanaka Durga, P. Pushpa, and  M. Selvakumar

 
  Past Ph.D. thesis guidance:
 
  • R. Prabhu, K. Kanaka Durga, and K. Sundar