TMNT Lab @ Purdue


Current Group Members*



      Federico Municchi (started at Purdue in Fall 2017)

      Background: PhD, Graz University of Technology, 2017 in Engineering.

      Research topic: computational modeling of multiphase flows and fluid--structure interactions; OpenFOAM solver development.



PhD Students

       Vishal Anand (started at Purdue in Fall 2016)

       Background: BTech & MTech, IIT Kharagpur, 2010 in Thermal, Energy and Environmental Engineering.

       Research topic: fluid--structure interactions at low Reynolds number including evaluating the effect of vessel geometry (rectangular versus cylindrical); non-Newtonian fluids; computational validation.



       Daihui Lu (started at Purdue in Fall 2016)

       Background: MS, Xi'an Jiaotong Univeristy, 2016 in Fluid Machinery and Engineering; BS, China University of Petroleum, Beijing 2013 in Oil and Gas Storage and Transportation Engineering.

        Research topic: multiphase flows (including particulate suspensions) in the presence of geometric varations; viscous fingering, interfacial instabilities.




       Tanmay C. Shidhore (started at Purdue in Spring 2016)

       Background: BE, MS, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, 2015 in Mechanical Engineering, Physics;

       MSME, Purdue Univeristy, 2018, Thesis: "Computational analysis of fluid-structure interactions in shallow, deformable microchannels"

       Research topic: computational modeling of biophysiological fluid--structure interactions, including their effect on bleb formation and growth in cerebral aneurysms; mechanistic evaluation of the probability of aneurysmal rupture.

       Co-advised by Prof. Vitaliy L. Rayz (Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University)



MSME (with Thesis) Students

       Aditya Ghodgaonkar (started at Purdue in Fall 2017)

       Background: BE, R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, in Mechanical Engineering.

       Research topic: non-Newtonian viscous gravity currents; computational methods for gravity currents; similarity solutions.



Undergraduate Students (BSME)

       Julia Meyer (started at Purdue in Fall 2015)

       Research topic: dynamics and thermodynamics of coherent structures near phase transitions.


       Sibi Chandrasekhar (started at Purdue in Fall 2015)

       Research topic: interface motion by to phase change and diffusion.



Group Alumni**

       Sanketh Saravanan (IIT-Madras, PURE 2017 participant)

       Research topic: ANSYS simulation of fluid--structure interactions in deformable tubes, comparisons with basic theory.


       Tanmay Inamdar (Purdue, MSME thesis, defended Spring 2018)

       Thesis: "Unsteady Fluid--Structure Interactions in Soft-Walled Microchannels"

       First position after graduation: Engineer, Cummins Inc.


       Arjun SR (Purdue, MSME non-thesis, independent study Spring 2017)
       Research topic: fluid--structure interactions between high-speed bubbly flows and pipes, solving the relevant hyperbolic conservation laws with PyClaw.

       First position after graduation: Engineer, Cummins Inc.


       Mengying Wang (Purdue, MSME thesis, defended Spring 2018)
       Thesis: "Mixing by Cutting and Shuffling a Line Segment: The Effect of Incorporating Diffusion"

       First position after graduation: PhD studies at Northwestern University.



* By appointment/degree type, then alphabetically.

** Alphabetically.

About us

Mission Statement

The Transport: Modeling, Numerics & Theory Laboratory (TMNT Lab) strives to combine advanced mathematical concepts and experimental results with physical intuition about the modeling of flowing materials in order to make progress on fundamental questions in mechanics. Specifically, an overarching theme of the TMNT Lab's research is transport (e.g., as a means of effecting mixing or for mitigating separation). 

A note to prospective students:


Due to an extreme amount of email regarding positions and admissions, at this time it is the TMNT Lab policy that emails from non-Purdue students cannot be answered, except in special circumstances. Due to other commitments and the volume of emails, even emails from Purdue students may go unanswered; apologies in advance.


For further information on applying to Purdue and admissions to the ME graduate programs click on the respective links. Admissions are only made by the Graduate School at Purdue on the recommendation of the ME Graduate Admissions Committee. The PI does not and cannot admit students, therefore applications must be made to the Graduate School and the School of ME at Purdue, no applications should be sent to the TMNT Lab or the PI. 

Principal Investigator


Professor Ivan C. Christov

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