About Me

I work in the fields of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer using experimental, theoretical and simulations tools.  My research group's problems are mainly drawn from the areas of Microfluidics and Turbulent flows.  Among our research interests are: development of innovative microdevices for various applications; theoretical development of higher-order continuum transport equations and related experiments; synthetic jet and microchannel based cooling of electronic devices; wake interaction from multiple bodies; etc.  

We have developed a microdevice for blood-plasma separation; also microdevices for three-dimensional hydrodynamic focusing, and for maintaining constant wall temperature.  We have provided the first analytical solution of the Burnett equation (a higher-order continuum transport equation), for any configuration. Further, keeping the limitations of Burnett and Grad equations in mind, we derived a new set of Onsager-consistent equations, which are supposedly more general continuum transport equations then the Navier-Stokes equations. We have demonstrated synthetic jet and microchannel based device for cooling of electronic devices requiring small working distance and input power.

Our research work is documented in over 125 journal articles. The work has appeared on the cover page of prestigious journals such as the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and highlighted in the media. The work has been conducted by 13 PhD and 50 MTech students (who are all well placed in various Industry/Academia), along with 4 Postdoctoral Fellows. Currently, I have an active research group comprising several very dedicated students, postdocs and project staff. 

I am serving as the Editor of Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science and Sadhana; also as Editorial Board Member of Nature Scientific Reports along with two other journals.
Prof. Amit Agrawal
Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay
Powai, Mumbai 400076, India
Ph.D. (University of Delaware, 2002)
B.Tech. (IIT Kanpur, 1996)

Contact Information:
Email: amit.agrawal@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +(91)(22)2576-7516
Fax: +(91)(22)2572-6875
Office: MECH, Room: 204B


Work Experience:

  • Institute chair professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of technology - Bombay, 2015-Present
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, 2014-Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, 2009-2014
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, 2004-2009
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Newcastle, Australia, 2003-2004
  • Engineer, Tata Motors (Telco), Pune, 1996-1998

  • Courses (taught/developed):

  • Turbulence (ME 724)
  • Microfluidics (ME 758/410)
  • Mathematical Methods in Engineering (ME 673)
  • Fluid Mechanics (ME 651 & ME 203)
  • Internal Combustion Engines (ME 403)
  • Heat Transfer (ME 210)
  • Lab courses: IC Engines (ME 417, 419, 657), Applied Thermodynamics (ME 441), Measurement (ME 215), CFD (ME 415), TFE Lab (ME 657)

  • Research Projects

  • Heat Transfer Study of Gas Flow in Microchannel – Sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, 2013-2016
  • Particle Image Velocimetry based Measurements around Multiple Bodies in Row and V-Configurations – Sponsored by Naval Research Board, New Delhi, 2011-2014
  • Study of Pulsatile Blood Flow in Microchannels – IIT Bombay (Young Scientist Award), 2010-2013
  • Lattice Boltzmann Method based simulation for a row of fixed and moving cylinders – Sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, 2006-2009
  • Synthetic jet based cooling for high heat flux electronic components: A novel approach – Sponsored by Department of Information Technology, New Delhi, 2007-2010
  • Measurement in rarefied gases with application to outer space vehicles and microchannels – Sponsored by Indian Space Research Organization, Bangalore, 2007-2008
  • Publications

    Selected Publications

  • Sewatkar, C.M., Patel, R., Sharma, A. and Agrawal, A., "Flow around six in-line square cylinders," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 710, pp. 195-233, 2012. (cover page a rticle)
  • Singh, N., and Agrawal, A., "The Burnett equations in cylindrical coordinatesand their solution for flow in a microtube, " Journal of Fluid Mechanics, to appear, 2014.
  • Tripathi, S., Prabhakar, A., Kumar, N., Singh, S.G., and Agrawal, A., "Blood plasma separation in elevated dimension T-shaped microchannel," Biomedical Microdevices, Vol. 15 (3), pp. 415-425, 2013.
  • Agrawal, A., "A comprehensive review on gas flow in microchannels," International Journal of Micro-Nano Scale Transport, Vol. 2, pp. 1-40, 2011. (Invited review)
  • Agrawal, A., and Prasad, A.K., "Evolution of a turbulent jet subjected to volumetric heating," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 511, pp. 95-123, 2004.
  • Agrawal, A., "A conceptual model of entrainment in cumulus clouds," Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Vol. 62, No. 7, pp 2602-2606, 2005.
  • Agrawal, A., Djenidi, L., and Antonia, R.A., "Simulation of gas flow in microchannels with a sudden expansion or contraction," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 530, pp. 135-144, 2005.

  • Publications in peer reviewed journals
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