Dr. Kazhikathra Kailasanath is named Fellow of the American Physical Society

3/23/2009 - 7-09r
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Dr. Kazhikathra Kailasanath, Head, Center for Reactive Flow and Dynamical Systems at the Naval Research Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He was elected for "contributions to advanced computational techniques and basic understanding of the dynamics of chemically reactive flows and their application in design, analysis, and performance of propulsion concepts."

The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. Members may also have made significant contributions to the teachings of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. The election process for the Society is stringent, as each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in the APS.

Dr. Kailasanath is considered a pioneer in the development and application of numerical simulation capabilities. He has clarified details surrounding the stability, dynamics, and performance of advance propulsion systems such as ramjets, ram-accelerators and pulse detonation engines (PDEs). The knowledge he gained from studying the unsteady combustion process, led to a deeper 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, Dr. KailasanathÕs responsibilities at NRL include developing, supervising, advising on, and carrying out basic and applied research. The Center concentrates on the development and application of theoretical and numerical methods for the study of the fluid and molecular properties of complex dynamical systems of interest to the Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics, NRL and DoD. Current research in the Center focuses on compressible reactive flows in advanced propulsion systems; jet noise reduction concepts; 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 to DSMC (Direct Simulation MonteCarlo) approaches to the study of flows in microfluidic devices.

Dr. Kailasanath is currently the principal investigator of an NRL program in Reactive Flow Dynamics, a Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program on Military Aircraft Jet Noise Reduction, and Office of Naval Research programs on Advance Propulsion Concepts and Jet Noise.

Dr. Kailasanath earned his B. Tech. in aeronautical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, in 1976; his M.S.A.E. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Insitute of Technology in 1977; and his Ph.D. in combustion from Georgia Insitute of Technology in 1980.

He is a Fellow of the American Insitute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and of the Institute of Physics (UK). He has been a Deputy Editor of AIAA Journal since 2005, and was the Associate Editor from 1995 to 2000. Since 1997 he has been a member of the editorial board for Combustion Theory and Modeling (Journal), and the International Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics (2008 to present). He has served as Chair (1996 to 1998) and Vice-Chair (1994 to 1996) of AIAA Technical Committee on Propellants and Combustion; "Detonation and Supersonic Combustion Colloquium" Chair for the 30th and 31st International Symposium on Combustion from 2003 to 2006; Vice-Chair of the 18th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems from 2000 to 2001; Technical Chair of the Propellants & Combustion Sessions, 35th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in 1997; Program Advisory Committee of the 25th International Symposium on Combustion from 1993 to 1994; Papers Chair (1993 to 1995) and Program Chair (1991 to 1993) of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Insitute; Board Member, Eastern States Section of the Combustion Insitute from 1991 to 2002; and Co-Presenter of two AIAA short courses.

For his contributions at NRL, Dr. Kailasanath received the 2002 NRL Technology Transfer Award, a Special Act or Service Award in 1987, and has received five Alan Berman Research Publication Awards. He has published over 250 articles on various aspects of fluid dynamics, combustion, propulsion and reacting flows.

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