Fluid and Thermal Sciences




Besides the traditional research areas in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, multiphase flows, turbulence and combustion, this group is engaged in a broad range of research activities in experimental fluid dynamics, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, flow in porous media, turbomachinery, electrochemical energy conversion, IC engines, alternate fuels, laser diagnostic techniques, micro-fluidics and heat transfer, boiling heat transfer, condensation, heat pipes, thermal management, sprays, turbulent combustion, hydrodynamic instabilities, vortex dynamics, gravity currents, energy storage materials, atomic scale computation, etc.



The entire research in Fluid and Thermal Sciences stream is divided into the following four tracks.


Alternate Fuel and Internal Combustion Engines


Combustion and Energy Systems


Gas Turbines Engineering and Technology

Transport Phenomena and Multi-Physics Simulations


Participating Faculty:














Prof. Avinash Kumar Agarwal

Prof. Jishnu Bhattacharya

Prof. Malay K. Das

Prof. Santanu De

Prof. Arun K. Saha

Prof. Subrata Sarkar

Prof. Gautam Biswas

Prof. P. S. Ghoshdastidar

Prof. Sameer Khandekar

Prof. K. Muralidhar

Prof. P. K. Panigrahi

Prof. Prabhat Munshi

Prof. Ishan Sharma

Prof. Sachin Y. Shinde

Prof. Pranav Joshi

Prof. Aditya Saurabh

Prof. Anikesh Pal

Prof. Umesh Madanan

Research Facilities:

CFD Laboratory

High performance computing clusters


Computational Turbo machinery Laboratory

High performance computing Clusters:

  • 48 Node Cluster with Intel Xeon Quad core @2.96 GHz, Total 192 cores, 16 GB RAM, 40 Gbps Infiniband Network with 12 TB Storage.

  • 24 Node Cluster with Intel Xeon Hexacore @2.96 GHz, Total 288 cores, 16 GB RAM, 40 Gbps Infiniband Network with 12 TB Storage.

  • 12 Node Cluster with Intel Xeon Quadcore @2.96 GHz, Total 96 cores, 16 GB RAM, 40 Gbps Infiniband Network with 12 TB Storage.

  • 3 Intel Xeon WorkStations.

  • 20 Personal Computers.



Energy Conversion and Storage Laboratory

Electrochemical test station (in-house development), Stereoscopic shadowgraphy, Two-phase particle image velocimetry


Engine Research Laboratory

  • Single Cylinder Optical Research Engine

  • Gasoline Direct Injection Engine

  • Multi-Cylinder Engine Test Cell

  • Regulated And Unregulated Emission Measurement Facilities

  • Particulate Characterization Facility

  • Engine Endoscopy

  • Fuel And Lubricating Oil Test Facilities

  • Engine Noise and Vibration

  • Laser Ignition

  • Combustion Visualization and Optical Diagnostics

  • Particle Image Velocimetryfor In-cylinder Flow Visualization

  • Phase Doppler Interferrometry for Spray Characterization


Experimental Turbomachinery Laboratory

Hot Wire Anemometer, PIV, LDA and Electronically scanned pressure sensor.


Fluid mechanics Lab

  • Low speed wind tunnel

  • Smoke tunnel

  • Mach-Zehnder interferometer

  • Ar-ion laser

  • Anton Paar refractometer

  • Schlieren and shadowgraph systems

  • Stereoscopic PIV

  • High resolution, color and grey-scale, and high speed CCD cameras

  • Several clusters and work stations

  • Cardio-flow pump

  • Storage-scopes, oscilloscopes, high precision multimeters,

  • Spectrum analyzers

  • Constant temperature baths

  • Temperature controllers

  • Undergraduate laboratory set-ups


Gas Turbine Heat Transfer Laboratory

Thermocouples, IR Camera, High Speed Blower, High Speed Camera, Shadowgraph Setup (Multiple Cameras, Laser as light-source, Optical quality mirror)


Micro-scale transport laboratory

Micro-PIV with Nd:YAG laser, Micro-holographic measurement system, Micro-LIF, Syringe pump; Gear pump, Ultra-Sonicator, Differential Pressure Transducer, Mechanical Stirrer, Centrifuge, Magnetic Particle Separator


Phase-change Thermal Systems Laboratory

High Speed Camera ,CCD camera, Infrared camera Vacuum pumps (diffusion and turbo molecular), Thermal baths Leak detectors




Water Tunnel Facility

Water Tunnel Set-up, Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF), Hotwire Anemometry, Load-Cell.