Prior to joining IIT Bombay in September 2012, I was a post-doctoral research scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a United States Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory, located in Los Alamos, New Mexico. From January 2009 to August 2012, I worked on Rayleigh-Bénard convection in the presence of rotational effects, in the Centre for Non-Linear Studies (CNLS) group, and on shock-driven Richtmyer-Meshkov flow, as a member of the Extreme Fluids team in Physics Division at LANL. I received my Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2008 and 2005, respectively. My Ph.D. thesis was on experimental and theoretical modeling of sediment transport under oscillating flows. I got my B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Shanmugha College of Engineering (now, SASTRA), Bharathidasan University, India in 2003.
About my research:
My current area of research involves the study of fluid, thermal instabilities and turbulent mixing which is extremely important for understanding a variety of flows occurring in nature. These can range from meso-scale flows (e.g., ocean-atmospheric coupling, large scale convection, supernova), to micro-scale flows (e.g., flow in a micro-channel, nanotubes and micro-aero vehicles). With the advent of super computers and parallel computing, high-resolution-precision experimental measurements using state-of-the-art diagnostics is indispensible for verification & validation purposes. My research group performs high resolution laser based experimental measurements and computational simulations to study and understand various aspects of fluid dynamics and mixing. My group also studies geophysical flows relevant to ocean and atmosphere dynamics. More details are given under the 'Research' tab.
My group works in the area of geophysical flows which, deals with the dynamics of large scale planetary systems and multi phase flows that are prevalent in engineering and industrial systems. We use state-of-the-art experimental techniques to measure turbulence and mixing statistics in such fluid flows. This is coupled with theoretical and numerical analysis. Currently there are three doctoral students, few masters' students and research associates working in my group.
The GMFL laboratory has three fully functional experimental set-ups namely stratified tank facility, recirculating water channel, and rotating coriolis table. All these set-ups employ diagnostics such as high-resolution camera and simultaneous particle image velocimetry (PIV) and laser induced fluorescence (LIF).
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3-month Summer OR 1-month Winter internship for students is NOT available. Please DON'T send emails with such requests. Prof. Sridhar Balasubramanian has been invited to join the Editorial board of Journal of Environmental Fluid Mechanics for a period of three years starting January 2018.
Prof. Sridhar Balasubramanian was recently interviewed by an independent journalist from media press (https://scroll.in) to get scientific opinion on the recent thunderstorms in north India. The article titled “As North India braces for thunderstorms, vague weather alerts are of little help” was published online on May 8, 2018, in the disaster management section
Mr. Avick Sinha has been selected to receive the DST International Travel Grant Award for attending APS-DFD 2018 conference in Atlanta, GA, USA. Congratulations!
Prof. Sridhar is now a Shastri Fellow. He was awarded the Shastri Institute Collaborative Research Grant (SICRG), funded by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, for a joint collaborative research work with Prof. Bruce Sutherland, University of Alberta, Canada.
Prof. Sridhar is regularly interviewed by independent journalists to get scientific opinion on various weather related phenomenon (Indian monsoon, Thunderstorms, ENSO, et al.). He has now given his expert opinion to "Scroll Press", "Livemint", and "Mongabay".