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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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