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Krishnan Mahesh

Krishnan Mahesh

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Office: 124 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-624-4175
E-mail: kmahesh (at)

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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 engineering turbulent flows. Traditionally high-fidelity simulation methods like direct numerical and large-eddy simulation have been restricted to fairly simple geometries. Dr. Mahesh's research focuses on developing numerical methods and turbulence models that are flexible enough to handle engineering geometries 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 ranging from incompressible propeller flows to supersonic shock/turbulence interaction, reacting multiphase flows in combustors, and flows involving plasmas.


B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), 1989
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1990
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1996


2009 - Present: Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2005 - 2009: Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2000 - 2005: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
1997 - 2000: Research Associate, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University
1996 - 1997: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University

Five Recent Publications

  • A.Verma, N.Park, K.Mahesh, 2013, A hybrid subgrid-scale model constrained by Reynolds Stress, Physics of Fluids, 25; 110805, (Journal Article) More Details
  • K.Mahesh, 2013, The interaction of jets with crossflow, Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 45, 375-407, (Journal Article) More Details
  • P.Iyer, K.Mahesh, 2013, High-speed boundary layer transition induced by a roughness element, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 729, 524-562, (Journal Article) More Details
  • H.Jang, K.Mahesh, 2013, Large eddy simulation of flow around a reverse rotating propeller, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 729,151-179, (Journal Article) More Details
  • A.Verma, H.Jang, K.Mahesh, 2012, The effect of upstream hull on a propeller in reverse rotation, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 704, 61-88, (Journal Article) More Details

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Honors and Fellowships

Fellow - American Physical Society, 2011
George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research, 2010
Associate Fellow - American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, 2009
Fellow - Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, 2005
McKnight Presidential Fellowship Award, 2005
Guillermo Borja Award, 2005
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, 2003
CAREER award, 2002
Francois N Frenkiel award, 1997
Institute Silver Medal, 1989

Current Courses

AEM 4202 -- Aerodynamics | Course Home Page
AEM 8253 -- Computational Methods in Fluid Mechanics | Course Home Page

Subjects and Courses Taught

AEM 2011 -- Statics
AEM 4201 -- Fluid Mechanics
AEM 4202 -- Aerodynamics
AEM 8201 -- Fluid Mechanics I
AEM 8202 -- Fluid Mechanics II
AEM 8203 -- Fluid Mechanics III
AEM 8211 -- Theory of Turbulence I
AEM 8253 -- Computational Methods in Fluid Mechanics
AEM 8295 -- Selected Topics in Fluid Mechanics
AEM 8880 -- Plan B Project

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