Computational fluid dynamics, turbulence, environmental flows
Professor Sarkar uses computational fluid dynamics to study multiscale, unsteady flow problems. His recent research concerns flows in the natural environment where he brings techniques of modern computational science to predict turbulence, transport of pollutants and tracers, and submersible wake dynamics and wind turbine interactions with the atmospheric boundary layer. He has developed and utilized direct and large eddy simulation techniques to quantify the role of rough topography, shear instabilities and nonlinear internal gravity waves in the ocean. His research has spanned the areas of high-speed aeronautics, propulsion, combustion and aero-acoustics. He has also developed turbulence models that are used in commercial software for thermofluids applications.
Sutanu Sarkar received his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Aerospace Engineering Department at Cornell University in 1988. He spent the following years until 1992 as a staff scientist in the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (ICASE) at NASA Langley Research Center. He has been with the MAE faculty since 1993. His honors include a NASA group achievement award (1994), Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Prize (2001) from the Humboldt Foundation, Fellow of the American Physical Society (2006), Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2010) and Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2010).