IISc Bangalore

N. Balakrishnan


Email: nbalak[at]iisc.ac.in
Office Phone Number: +91-80-22933029








Ph.D. (Aerospace Engineering) Indian Institute of Science 1995
M.Tech. (Mechanical Engineering) Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 1990
B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) Annamalai University 1988

Research Interests

Computational Fluid Dynamics: Algorithms and Applications

Research Statement

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Current Projects

  • Effect of Nose Mounted Propeller on Aircraft Aerodynamics, (November 2018 – November 2020)
  1. Arjun BS, Omkar SN, Balakrishnan N. Motion Optimization of Plunging Airfoils Using Swarm Algorithm. In Proc. Aeronautical Society of India Annual CFD Symp.. Bangalore, 2008.. 2008


  • Amsha S, PhD ongoing
  • V V S Narayan, PhD ongoing (ERP)
  • Shubhashree Subudhi, PhD ongoing
  • Killare Amol Uttamrao, PhD ongoing, On aspects of RANS computations using Meshless solvers
  • Valliammai V, PhD ongoing, Establishing CFD design methodology for Intake Aerodynamics, (jointly with Dr. Santosh P Koruthu, ADA)
  • Vinayender Kuchana, PhD ongoing, Design Optimization of Inter-turbine ducts, (jointly with Dr. S. Balamurugan, Honeywell)
  • Manish Kumar Singh, PhD ongoing, Implicit Gradient Reconstruction method for compressible flows, (jointly with Dr. V. Ramesh, NAL)
  • Mohamed Yousuf, PhD ongoing, Towards a viscous Cartesian grid method based on Meshless LSFD-U procedure
  • Karthikeyan N.  Flow and Acoustics investigation of Jet Structured Interaction during Launch Vehicle lift-off, (jointly with Dr. L. Venkatakrishnan, NAL) PhD, 2017
  • Partha Mondal, Wing in Ground effect, PhD, 2014
  • Kiran Chutkey, Investigation of Plug Nozzle Flow Field, PhD, 2013
  • N. Ganesh, Residual Error Estimation and Adaptive Algorithms for Fluid Flows, PhD, 2010
  • P. Theerthamalai, Aerodynamic Analysis of Grid Fins Using Analytical and Computational Methods, PhD, 2007
  • N. Munikrishna, On Viscous Flux Discretization Procedures for Finite volume and Meshless Solvers, PhD, 2007
  • Nikhil Vijay Shende, Development of a general purpose flow solver for Euler equations, PhD, 2006


M.Tech (Research):

  • Apurva Anand (ongoing)


Msc (Engg.):

  • Jobin J Unnupatt, Novel fully Implicit Collocated grid incompressible flow solver on Un-structured meshes, 2016
  • Gopalakrishna N., On Three Dimensional High Lift Flow Computations, 2014
  • Sumit Kumar Patel, A Residual Based h-Adaptive Strategy Employing a Zero Mean Polynomial Reconstruction, 2013
  • Manish Kumar Singh, LU-SGS Implicit Scheme for a Meshless Euler Solver, 2011
  • B. S. Arjun, Motion Optimization of plunging airfoil using Swarm Algorithm, (jointly with Dr. S. N. Omkar) 2009
  • Asitav Mishra, A 3D High resolution Unstructured Viscous flow solver, 2005
  • Partha Mondal, Cartesian like grids using a novel grid stitching algorithm for viscous flow computations, 2005
  • Devaki Ravikumar, Unstructured Mesh Viscous flow computations using Acoustic Flux Vector Splitting Schemes (AFVS), 2002


ME Students:

  • Sharanjeet Kaur, Low speed wing optimization for maximizing endurance, 2017
  • Soumyajit Behera, Estimation of Thrust-Dependent drag, 2017
  • Praveen B, Steady and Unsteady CFD Validation for High speed Trans Cruiser, 2016
  • Anish P Aravinth, Towards an unsteady analysis of Scramjet intake flows, 2016
  • Sangeeta Sharma Panda, Theoretical and Numerical Investigation of Dynamic behavior of Advanced Artillery Ammunition (Yaw Un-dampening: Effect of Magnus moment and Dynamic Imbalance), 2015
  • Arvind Bobby Alphonse, Design of Submerged Air Intake for Subsonic Cruise Vehicle, 2015
  • Felix A Madukkakuzhy, Development of an error estimator and adaptive time stepping procedure, 2015
  • Warrier Ranjith Radhakrishnan, Ground Effect Aerodynamics of Inverted Aerofoils used in open Wheeled Race Cars A CFD Study, 2014
  • Battula Raju, Computation of Transitional flows, 2014
  • Hariharan R, Incorporating thickness effects in Discrete Vortex Method, 2014
  • Kripal Singh, A Computational study of flow past a 65 degrees Blunt-Leading Edge Delta-Wing, 2013
  • A. K. Mayank, Meshless Solver as Cartesian Grid Methodology, 2013
  • Brijesh E. Jacob Santacruz Pinto, Towards High Fidelity CFD Solvers: The Staggered Update Procedure (SUP) and Quadratic Least Squares (QLS) based procedures, 2012
  • Karthik N, Optimization of the Flap position using modified discrete vortex method, 2012
  • Vijay Anand K, Aerodynamic Design and Analysis of Expendable Aircraft Launched Glider (ALG), 2010
  • Ganesh D, CFD Prediction of Supersonic Base Drag, 2010
  • Amit Goyal, CFD Analysis of an Idealized Grid Fin Configuration, 2008
  • A. Vadivelan, Computational Prediction of Rime Ice Accretion Using Meshless Solver, 2008
  • Vinayendar Kuchana, Numerical Study of Flow Over Grid Fins, 2007
  • P. Suriyanarayanan, Incompressible flow computations using Pressure based Algorithm on Collocated Unstructured Grids, 2006
  • Kiran Chutkey, Computational and Experimental studies of Linear Plug Nozzle, (jointly with Mr. B. Vasudevan) 2006
  • Chetan Naik, A Novel Linearization Procedure for Viscous Fluxes and Stability of Implicit Schemes, 2006
  • Bajjal Raghavendra, Performance Evaluation of Various Turbulence Models in Fluent, 2006
  • Tarun Jain, Turbulent Flow computations on Unstructured meshes, 2005
  • Karthikeyan. N, Viscous LSFDU for Cartesian grids, 2005
  • Ganesh. N, A new adaptation strategy for compressible flows,  2004
  • Vijaykumar. K, Numerical Investigation of Aero-spike Nozzle, 2004
  • Anup S Ninawe, Viscous flow computations using meshless solver LSFD-U, 2004
  • Nitika Mittal, Computational Study of 2D Aerodynamics of Ground effect, 2003
  • C. Sadagoban, Capturing Wing-tip vortices, 2003
  • Ashis Kumar Sen, LSFD-U for compressible Navier-Stokes equation, 2003
  • P. Arvind, CFD Study of High Altitude Airship Aerodynamics, 2003
  • Athaluri Gnana Kumar, Variants of LSFD-U for compressible flows, 2002
  • Umesh Garg, An embedded grid adaptation strategy for Unstructured data based Finite volume computations, 2002
  • Konark Arora, Implicit Euler Solver on Unstructured Meshes, 2001
  • D. Karthikeyan, Parallel Computations on Unstructured Meshes using PACE+24, 2000
  • C. Praveen, A New Upwind Least Squares Finite Difference Scheme for Compressible Flows, 2000
  • H. S. Krishna, Performance analysis and efficient parallelization of CFD codes on PACE+24, 1999


ME/M.Tech (other Institute’s) Thesis Guidance:

  • Ganesh Pawar R, Assessment of accuracy of generalized finite difference method, Institute: JSS Academy of Technical Education, Bangalore, June 2019
  • Umesh Chougala, Thermal analysis of passive cooling devices based on pot-in-pot refrigerator, Institute: Nitte Meenakshi Engineering Institute of Technology, Bangalore, June 2016
  • Pradeep Roy S, Evaluating the Suitability of Lifting Line Theory Based Lower Order Models for Understanding Swept Wing Flow Physics, University: Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai, 2013
  • Sandeep K. Bhat, CFD analysis of Plug Nozzle flows, University: BIT, Mesra, Ranchi, 2007
  • Prathima K.N., Flux Blending for Compressible Flow Computations, University: NIT, Suratkal, 2007
  • Allamaprabhu C.Y., Development of a 2-Dimensional Navier-
    Stokes Finite Volume Flow Solver and Investigation of the Behaviour of Limiters, University: NIT, Suratkal, 2005
  • Ravindra K., Finite Difference Flow Solver for Viscous
    Compressible Flows, University: NIT, Suratkal, 2005
  • Gopal N. Shinde, Parallelization of code HIFUN-3D, University: M.S. University of Baroda, 2003
  • M. Satyanarayana, Adaptive Unstructured Mesh supersonic Jet calculations using AFVS scheme, Institute: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1998
  • B. Narendrababu, Wall Boundary Conditions for inviscid compressible flows, Institute: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1997


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