

Ramesh K. Agarwal
email: rka@me.wustl.edu
Jolley Hall 307
Phone: +1 (314) 9356091
FAX: +1 (314) 9354014
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Washington University
Campus Box 1185
St. Louis, MO 631304899

Ramesh K. Agarwal
The William Palm Professor of Engineering
(Joined 2001)
Director, Aerospace Research and Education Center (AeREC)
 Ph.D., Aeronautical Sciences, Stanford University, 1975
 M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1969
 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1968
Background
:
 Executive Director, National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita State
Univ., 19962001
 Chairman of Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University, 19941996
 Sam Bloomfield Distinguished Professor, Wichita State University, 19942001
 McDonnell Douglas  St. Louis, 19781994 (Program Director and MDC Fellow,
19901994)
 NRC Research Associate, NASA Ames, 19761978
 Principal Engineer, Rao and Associates, 19751976
Research
Interests:
 Computational
Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Numerical methods for the solution of Euler and NavierStokes equations, in
particular the kinetic schemes and the vorticity confinement method. Convergence
acceleration techniques. Turbulence modeling. Parallel computing.
 Flow Control
Numerical study of the influence of synthetic jets on drag reduction
by separation control in transonic flow and on vectoring control of a propulsive
jet. [ in collaboration with Dr. William Bower and Dr. Andrew Cary of Boeing
Co.]
Application of robust Hinfinity control theory to study the control of transition
in complex (polymer) fluid flows. [in collaboration with Professor Sureshkumar
of the Chemical Engineering Department]
Flow control with the application of a magnetic field.
 Flows in ContinuumTransition
Regime
Development and application of higherorder continuum equations
of fluid dynamics, namely the Burnett equations, to compute the flows at moderate
Knudsen numbers which occur in hypersonic regime at high altitudes as well
as in microdevices.
 Computational
Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)
Development of 2D and 3D electromagnetohydrodynamics codes to evaluate
the concepts of supersonic drag reduction and bypass propulsion for scramjets.
Development and application of explicit and implicit kinetic schemes, vorticity
confinement methods and turbulence models for MHD flows, MHD flow control.
 Computational
Aeroacoustics (CAA)
Solution of acoustics equations (Euler equations linearized about
the mean flow) using compact higherorder schemes. Novel farfield boundary
conditions. Applications to acoustic scattering, propagation and radiation
problems.
 Computational
Electromagnetics (CEM)
Development and application of Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method
for the solution of Maxwell equations to compute the electromagnetic scattering
from complex objects. Formulation of novel farfield radiation condition and
material surface boundary conditions.
 Aeroelastic
Analysis Using Neural Networks
Application of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) to achieve very
fast convergence of fluid dynamics and structures codes to obtain aeroelastic
loads on aircraft components such as wing, fuselage, tail, etc.
 Control Theory
and Applications to Flight Control
Linear and nonlinear robust control of uncertain systems, nonlinear
adaptive control, reducedorder modeling, singular perturbation method, applications
to aircraft control under adverse weather conditions, to aircraft landing
system and to control of an aeroelastic aircraft. [in collaboration with Dr.
Rolf Rysdyke of the University of Washington, Dr. Peng Shi of DSTO, Australia
and Prof. M. Mahmoud of the Arab Academy of Science and Technology, Egypt]
 Aortic Stenosis
Theoretical and computational study of valvular or vascular stenosis.
One of the goals of the study is to provide hemodynamic assessment of valvular
stenosis by computationally determining the range of applicability of frequently
used Gorlin's formula (and its improved versions) by the cardiologists to
relate the cardiac output to the aortic valve area. [ in collaboration with
Professor R.D. Rifkin, Dr. M. Wendel, and Dr. D. Dooling of the School of
Medicine]
Graduate
Research Associates:
 Geoffrey Behrens
 Jing Cui
 Dahai Guo
 Himani Jain
 Yan Tan
 Jose Vadillo
 Dong Wei
Recent Publications:
 R. K. Agarwal and K.Y. Yun, "Burnett Simulations of Flows in Microdevices,"
in MEMS Engineering Handbook, M. GadelHak Editor, CRC Press, September
2001, pp. 7.17.37
 R. K. Agarwal, R. Balakrishnan and K. Y. Yun, "Beyond NavierStokes:
Burnett Equations for Simulation of Hypersonic Flows in ContinuumTransition
Regime," Annual Review of Computational Physics, Vol. IX, Dietrich
Stauffer Editor, World Scientific Press, 2001, pp. 211252.
 P. Shi and R. K. Agarwal, "Robust Disturbance Attenuation of Fluid
Dynamic System with NormBounded Uncertainties," IMA Journal of Mathematical
Control and Information, Vol. 18, pp. 7382, 2001.
 K. Yun and R. K. Agarwal, "Numerical Solution of 3D Augmented Burnett
Equations for Hypersonic Flow in ContinuumTransition Regime," Journal
of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001.
 R. K. Agarwal, K. Yun, and R. Balakrishnan, "Beyond NavierStokes:
Burnett Equaitons for Simulation of Transitional Flows," Physics of
Fluids, Vol. 13, Oct. 2001, pp. 30613085.
 R. K. Agarwal, "Computational Fluid Dynamics of WholeBody Aircraft",
Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 31, 1999, pp. 125169.
Other publications
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