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Anand Samuel Jebakumar


Mechanical Engineering


Prof. John Abraham

Research Title:

Multi-scale modeling of particle-laden flows.

Research Description:

My doctoral research is on modeling particle-laden turbulent flows with specific application to solar thermochemical reactors. A solar thermochemical reactor utilizes solar energy (which is incident on the flow through an optical window) to convert solid carbonaceous feedstock (in the form of particles) to syngas. The performance of these reactors is dependent on several factors like the geometry of the reactor, the size distribution of particles, the spatial distribution of particles, the residence time and the heat transfer characteristics. Understanding the physics of fundamental processes such as the effect of walls on the particle flow and distribution, particle-gas interaction and particle-radiation interaction is critical to the accuracy of the models employed in the design of these reactors. My work focuses on examining the trajectories of particles in wall-bounded turbulent flows using the Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) and developing models to capture these behaviors.

About Me:

I did my undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at College of Engineering, Guindy, India. During that time, I worked on predicting acoustic lock-on phenomena in segmented solid-rocket motors using commercial Finite Volume codes. This inspired my interest in computational studies and propelled me to do further research in CFD. I am currently working on my doctoral research at Purdue University where I investigate particle-laden turbulent flows. I am a part of the Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E) program.


  • Best Paper Presentation Award at the SIAM Conference at Purdue, 2016.
  • Ross Graduate Fellowship, Purdue University, 2013.
  • University Gold Medal, College of Engineering Guindy, 2013.
  • Best Outgoing Student in B.E. Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Guindy, 2013.
  • Sir Arthur Hope Scholarship, College of Engineering Guindy, 2013.


  • A. S. Jebakumar, K. N. Premnath, and J. Abraham, Lattice Boltzmann Method Simulations of Stokes Number Effects on Particle Trajectories in a Wall-Bounded Flow, Computers and Fluids,124:208-219, 2016.
  • A. S. Jebakumar and J. Abraham, Comparison of the Structure of Computed and Measured Particle-Laden Jets for a Wide Range of Stokes Numbers, International J. Heat and Mass Transfer, 97:779-786, 2016.
  • L. Zhang, A. S. Jebakumar, and J. Abraham, Lattice-Boltzmann Method Simulations of Stokes Number Effects on Particle Motion in a Channel Flow, submitted to Physics of Fluids.
  • A. S. Jebakumar, K. N. Premnath, and J. Abraham, Fully Resolved Direct Numerical Simulations of Particle Migration in a Wall Bounded Turbulent Flow, in preparation for submission to Physics of Fluids.


  • Training instructor the for CIGSO Community Python Workshop, 2016.
  • Am a part of the boiler out volunteer program, 2016.
  • Have mentored an undergraduate as a part of Purdue's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, 2015.
  • Member of the design team of BAJA (SAE-INDIA), 2013.

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