Research Fellows

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OgloblinaDaria Ogloblina graduated with Master of Science degree from the Institute of Wave and Gas Dynamic, Department of Mechanics and Mathematics of Lomonosow Moscow State University (Russia) in May, 2015. Since August 2015 is PhD student in Institute of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Munich (Germany), the research is concerned with cavitation bubble dynamics in the frame of CaFE ITN project. See full CV.


Prasanta Sarkar is pursuing his Ph.D. at the Laboratory of Geophysical and Industrial Flows, Université Grenoble Alpes. His doctoral research is on ‘Simulation of cavitation erosion by a coupled CFD-FEM approach’ in which he uses numerical methods to investigate the dynamics of collapsing cavitation bubbles near solid wall and subsequent material response. He received his MSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK in 2012 and B.Tech degree in Aerospace Engineering from SRM University, India in 2011. Prior to CaFE project, he was also involved in another ITN project IMESCON as an Early Stage Researcher at PZL Świdnik Helicopters, Poland where his research dealt with investigating the role of flow control techniques on rotor blade aerodynamics and performance. See full CV.


ShreyShrey Joshi is a Mechanical Engineer with specialization in fluid mechanics. He completed his bachelors (2008-2012) from NIT Allahabad, India in Mechanical Engineering, where he also worked as a part time research assistant in the Fluid Mechanics laboratory, NIT Allahabad. Having gained interest in fluids he decided to continue for masters in Fluid Mechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology (2013-2015). Within the CaFE project he is presently located at SIMaP (INP Grenoble) in France, where he is working on modelling cavitation and cavitation erosion using Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (mesh less method). See full CV.


KyriazisNikolaos Kyriazis obtained his Diploma in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. He also received his M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializing in Aerodynamics and Propulsion. During his Master thesis, he created a parallel incompressible solver using a continuous/discontinuous Finite Element Method for the pressure and the velocity respectively. In the meanwhile, he was working at FORTH in the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM), developing algorithms for compressible flows, as well as for elasticity equations. Since October 2015 he has been developing density-based solvers in OpenFOAM for cavitating flows as an ESR of the CaFE project. See full CV.


Saad Jahangir received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan. Then he moved to Germany, where he obtained his M.Sc. degree in Power Engineering at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus. His MSc thesis was focused on the experimental analysis of Inertial Waves in spherical shells. In 2015, he moved to the Netherlands, to undertake a Ph.D. in the field of experimental Fluid Dynamics at Delft University of Technology. His Ph.D. work is focused on the experimental investigation of cavitating flows. He is doing this by bringing together four state of the art flow measurement modalities, based on high-speed visualization, X-ray Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Velocimetry and Particle Image Velocimetry. See full CV.


photo_stathisEfstathios Kontolatis studied at School of Mechanical Engineering at National Technical University of Athens, to which he was first accepted, from 2007 to 2014. His diploma thesis was ‘Experimental testing of a two stage infusion prototype peristaltic pump for determination of its efficiency’. He also received his MSc in ‘Computational Mechanics’ at National Technical University of Athens. His diploma thesis was in the field of multiphase flows, where the Von Karman vortex street phenomenon in the wake of a circular cylinder in free flow and near a solid wall was investigated combined with particles of different diameters. Since August 2016, he is a PhD student at the School of Engineering and Mathematical Science at the City, University of London, in the project CaFE, as a Marie Curie Fellow. His research focuses on the optical methods visualizing the flow inside cavitating flow orifices and measurements of the erosion caused by cavitation on different materials. He is member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. See full CV.


Polina GorkhPolina Gorkh started high school education in September 2008 in Russia. In four years she got Bachelor Degree with honours in Applied Mathematics and Physics in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, where she continued studying for her Master Degree an got with honours in July 2014. From January 2014 until moving to Germany in September she was working in Indusoft company in Moscow as engineer-mathematician, where the subject of research was data reconciliation and gross error detection problems within industrial data stream. In October 2014 she started her second Master in Computational Science and Engineering in TUM and in 2015 was proposed to start a PhD in Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Currently, the two last activities are made simultaneously. See full CV.


Ebrahim Ghahramani is a PhD student at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. In the CaFE project, he is developing a hybrid Eulerian mixture – Lagrangian bubble solver to improve the resolution of all scales of cavity structures. In this model, the larger cavities are considered in the Eulerian framework and the sub-grid structures are tracked as Lagrangian bubbles. Some of the key contributions here are the correct transition between Lagrangian bubbles and Eulerian cavities, and improving the Lagrangian model in the cavity inception and collapse phases as well as the estimation of local pressure effect. Ebrahim has academic background in Mechanical Engineering/Fluid Mechanics. In his master thesis he investigated the particle transport in the turbulent flows in the respiratory system. He has interests and experiences in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Biomedical engineering, Multiphase flows and Turbulence Modeling. See full CV.


KhanoukiMohammad Hossein Arabnejad Khanouki graduated with B.Sc. degree from the department of Aerospace Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology in 2010 and earned his M. Sc. in 2013 from Sharif University of Technology in the area of Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Reacting Flows. After completing his master degree, he continued working on this area in Sharif University of Technology as a Research Assistant. In October 2015, he joined the department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University of Technology as a PhD student. In his PhD, he is working within the EU CaFE project on Simulation of The Hydrodynamic Energy Cascade in Erosive Cavitation. See full CV.


StavropoulosEvangelos Stavropoulos-Vasilakis graduated from the department of Mechanical Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2015. During his studies he completed an Erasmus exchange at INSA Rouen and had an opportunity to an internship at ONERA, the French Aerospace Lab. In 2015 he was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship to pursue a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics at CITY, University of London. For his PhD he has worked on fluid-solid interaction in cavitating flows focusing on biomedical applications and the potential cavitation induction on Mechanical Heart Valves. He is also interested in state of the art aerodynamic applications: he carried out a diplomat thesis on aeroelasticity in NTUA and developed a preliminary studies’ tool for experimental and computational data fusion while working at ONERA. See full CV.


Soeren SchenkeSören Schenke earned his BSc and MSc degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in 2015. As a student research assistant at the Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Ship Theory at TUHH and as intern at the Fluid Engineering department of DNV GL Hamburg, he developed a strong focus on propeller theory and related computational methods. In the scope of his MSc project he coupled a steady state OpenFOAM RANS solver to a Boundary Element Method (BEM) to enable for fast prediction of propulsion efficiency for hull-propeller systems. His current PhD project at Delft University of Technology is on the development of numerical models that can assess the risk of surface erosion caused by cavitating flows in technical devices such as marine propellers. See full CV.


Themistoklis MelissarisThemistoklis Melissaris received his Diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in October 2015. During his diploma thesis, he focused on coupled hydrodynamic analysis of floating W/T using exact and approximate methodologies, under the supervision of Prof. Spyridon Mavrakos. Before starting his Doctoral Research, he also spent five months as a trainee on Data Analysis at Wärtsilä Netherlands B.V., in Drunen, in R&D Validation & Industrialization department. Currently, he is investigating the cavitation development on marine propellers in behind condition, using URANS, and the potential surface erosion on the propeller blades. He is supervised by Dr. Norbert Bulten, Product Performance Manager at Wärtsilä Netherlands BV, and Dr. Petra Stoltenkamp Manager Hydrodynamics at Wärtsilä Netherlands BV. See full CV.


Maxwell BrunhartMaxwell Brunhart is a PhD researcher with Delphi Technologies and City, University of London. His main interest is in fluid dynamics, specifically with cavitation characteristics and erosion in automotive components. He is working on the CaFE project which is part of Horizon 2020 and is financed by the EU. He received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Portland State University in the U.S. He then worked for Applied Materials as a Customer Engineer for Intel’s R&D sector. During this time he oversaw and contributed to the installation and continued improvement within the semiconductor fabrication plant in Oregon. He later obtained his MSc with distinction in 2015 from the University of Leeds. See full CV.


Marco ChristofaroMarco Christofaro obtained his BSc from the Università degli studi di Padova and MSc in Aerospace Engineering, from the Politecnico di Torino. He has been a member of the Computational Aeroelastics and Flight Dynamics Lab in the University of Southampton. His thesis was awarded by the Politecnico Alumni association as best thesis about fluid dynamics in 2014. He has been a Marie-Curie fellow within the project “CaFE” and PhD student at City University of London. Starting from 2015 he has been working as CFD Software Developer at AVL GmBH in Austria. See full CV.


MithunMG Mithun completed his undergraduate degree in Aero-Mechanical from Aeronautical Society of India in 2010. He also holds a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India in 2013 with specialization in CFD. His masters thesis was broadly on numerical simulation of bluff body aero/hydro dynamics. After completing his masters degree, he worked as a CFD Engineer for Eaton Corporation for 2 years. He was responsible for the flow and thermal analysis of aero/automotive components. He has about one year of experience in numerical modelling of cavitation in fuel pumps and valves. His areas of research interest are Multiphase flows and FSI. See full CV.

ali-aminiAli Amini is currently a PhD assistant in École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran. In 2013, he won the Silver medal in the 18th Iran’s National Olympiads in Mechanical Engineering. In his Master project, Ali investigated the effect of fluid yield stress on wall deformation in flexible channels numerically, a significant step toward assessing the blood-vessel interactions in small arteries. Since 2016, he started his PhD in EPFL in the framework of the CaFE project. For his PhD thesis, he performs state-of-the-art experiments on tip vortex cavitation to develop a better understanding on the role of dissolved gases in this specific type of cavitation. Ali is also designing and testing novel techniques to suppress tip vortex cavitation in axial hydraulic machines. See full CV.