NRL's Dr. Kailasanath Named a Fellow of AIAA

1/20/2004 - 6-04r
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Dr. Kazhikathra Kailasanath, head of the Center for Reactive Flow and Dynamical Systems at the Naval Research Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Dr. Kailasanath is recognized for "outstanding contributions to the development and application of numerical simulation capabilities for the study and design of advanced propulsion systems."

AIAA has recognized Dr. Kailasanath as a pioneer in the development and application of numerical simulation capabilities to reveal details of the stability, dynamics and performance of advanced propulsion systems such as ramjets, ram-accelerators and pulse detonation engines. His research has led to an improved understanding of the operation and limitations of complex, innovative propulsion systems. By using numerical simulation to describe key aspects of a propulsion system, he has been able to significantly reduce the time needed to test and evaluate new propulsion concepts or fix problems with established propulsion systems.

As head of the Center for Reactive Flow and Dynamical Systems at NRL, Dr. Kailasanath supervises the development and application of theoretical and numerical methods for the study of the fluid and molecular properties of complex dynamical systems. Current research in the Center focuses on compressible reactive flows in advanced propulsion systems; unsteady flows over submarines, ship superstructures and micro air vehicles; chemical and biological contaminant transport; dynamics and suppression of flames, fires, blast waves and detonations; various aspects of combustion, turbulence and multiphase flows; and direct simulation Monte Carlo approaches to the study of flows in microfluidic devices.

Dr. Kailasanath is also a principal investigator for an NRL program in Reactive Flow Dynamics, a NASA program on Microgravity Combustion, and Office of Naval Research programs on Pulse Detonation Engines and Blast Mitigation. He has published over 200 articles on various aspects of fluid dynamics, combustion, propulsion and reacting flows.

Dr. Kailasanath received his B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1976, his M.S.A.E. from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977, and his Ph.D. also from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1980. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Physics, Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal (1995 to 2000), and member of the Editorial Board for the Combustion Theory and Modeling journal from 1997 to present. He received an NRL Technology Transfer Award in 2002, an NRL Special Act or Service Award in 1987 and Alan Berman Research Publications Awards in 1983, 1992, 1994 and 2000.

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