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Research Interests

Patankar group research is focused on four primary missions: First, to develop fully resolved computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques to simulate muscle activated movement of organisms (e.g. knifefish, zebrafish) and organs (e.g. esophagus). Second, to use theory and CFD to understand the neural control of movement, to design novel underwater vehicles, and to interrogate the evolution of fish form and function. Third, to establish the foundational science of controlling phase (anti-icing, anti-frosting, boiling, condensation, non-wetting supehydrophobic surfaces) using surface roughness and chemistry. Fourth, to establish new metrics to quantify the mileage efficiency and greenhouse emissions of automotive vehicles.

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

… → 1997

Mechanical Engineering, MS, University of Pennsylvania

… → 1995

Mechanical Engineering, BS, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

… → 1993

Research interests

  • Application to neuromechanics
  • Development of fast algorithms
  • Development of novel fast computation techniques
  • Direct numerical simulation (DNS) of fluid-particle flows
  • Direct simulation of freely swimming fish motion
  • Multiscale methods

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  • Research Output

    Frost-free zone on macrotextured surfaces

    Yao, Y., Zhao, T. Y., Machado, C., Feldman, E., Patankar, N. A. & Park, K. C., Mar 24 2020, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117, 12, p. 6323-6329 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Immersed Methods for Fluid-Structure Interaction

    Griffith, B. E. & Patankar, N. A., Jan 5 2020, In : Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics. 52, p. 421-448 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 6 Scopus citations

    Stabilization approaches for the hyperelastic immersed boundary method for problems of large-deformation incompressible elasticity

    Vadala-Roth, B., Acharya, S., Patankar, N. A., Rossi, S. & Griffith, B. E., Jun 15 2020, In : Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 365, 112978.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Stencil Penalty approach based constraint immersed boundary method

    Bale, R., Patankar, N. A., Jansson, N., Onishi, K. & Tsubokura, M., Mar 30 2020, In : Computers and Fluids. 200, 104457.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A DLM immersed boundary method based wave-structure interaction solver for high density ratio multiphase flows

    Nangia, N., Patankar, N. A. & Bhalla, A. P. S., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of Computational Physics. 398, 108804.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations