Danesh Tafti

William S. Cross Professor

(540) 231-9975
213E Goodwin Hall – 0238
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
dtafti@exchange.vt.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Penn State University, 1989
  • M.S., Texas Tech University, 1983
  • B.E., Bombay University, 1980
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213E Goodwin Hall – 0238 Marker-48

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  • Research

    • Professor Tafti develops methods to solve the equations that govern fluid flow with heat and mass trasnfer on large supercomputers. This field is generally referred to as Computational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD, and encompasses a broad range of topics. CFD is becoming an indispensible tool for analysis of fluid systems and is used widely across many industrial sectors.
    • His research uses methods such as:
      – Computational Fluid Dynamics in dynamic geometries
      – High Performance Parallel Computing
      – Large Eddy Simulations and Turbulence Modeling for flow and heat transfer
      – Fluid-Structure Interaction
      – Dense Particulate Flows and Impact Modeling
      – Discrete Element Method
    • Current applications include:
      – Internal and external cooling of turbine vanes and blades in gas turbines
      – Fouling and deposition caused by sand and ash ingestion in jet engines
      – Heat transfer enhancement in compact heat exchanges
      – Cardio-vascular flows in the presence of stents and thrombus formation and growth
      – Bacteria and nano particle transport in human capillaries
      – Aerodynamics of flapping flight
      – Fluidized particle beds and Co2 capture

  • Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Member, ASME K-10 Heat Transfer Equipment Committee
    • Member, ASME K-14 Gas Turbine Heat Transfer Committee
    • Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    • Member, American Physical Society (APS)

  • Publications

  • Professional History

          • 2009-Present, William S. Cross Professor of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
          • 2008-Present, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
          • 2014-2015, Interim Department Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
          • 2002-2008, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
          • 1994-2002, Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          • 1997-2001, Scientist and Senior Investigator, Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          • 1996-2001, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          • 1998-1999, Associate Director & Acting Senior Associate Director, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          • 1991-1996, Research Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
          • 1989-1991, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
          • 1988-1989, Visiting Assistant Professor, West Virginia Institute of Technology
          • 1983-1984, Research Engineer, Thermax, India

  • Awards & Honors

        • Dept. of Energy NETL ORISE Faculty (Dec. 2015-Sept. 2017)
        • Elected Fellow of ASME 2014
        • College of Engineering Dean’s Research Award, Virginia Tech, 2012
        • Endowed William S. Cross Professorship in Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2009
        • Selected as J.N. Tata Scholar, Bombay, India (1981) (~80 selected nationally)
        • Ranked First (1/185) in Bombay University at the B.E. Examinations, 1980
        • Rao Rajadhyaksha Gold Medal, Bombay University, 1980
        • Kulpatty Gold Medal, Sardar Patel College of Engineering, 1980
        • Ranked First (1/185) in Bombay University at the Third Year B.E. Examinations (1979)

  • Professional Leadership

        • Associate Editor – ASME Journal Heat Transfer, (2013-)
        • Editorial Board – International Journal Heat and Fluid Flow (2008-)
        • Interim Department Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2014-2015
        • Keynote Lectures at National/International Conferences
          o Large-eddy simulations of complex wall bounded high Reynolds number flows, 7th International Symposium on Turbulence, Heat and Mass Transfer, 2012, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
          o The Unsteady Dynamics of a Flapping Wing, Thirty Seventh National and Fourth International Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power, NCFMFP2010, IIT-Madras, India, 2010
          o Time Accurate Prediction Techniques for Component Design in Heat Exchangers, Sixth International Conference on Enhanced, Compact and Ultra-Compact Heat Exchangers: Science, Engineering and Technology, 2007, Potsdam, Germany.
          o Computational Insights into Air-Side Flow and Heat Transfer in Compact Heat Exchangers, Advanced Computational Methods and Applications for Heat Exchanger Design, HT2005-72846, Proceedings of HT2005, 2005 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, 2005, San Francisco, California
        • Invited Lectures/Papers/Panels at National/International Conferences
          o Large-eddy simulation for predicting turbulent heat transfer in gas turbines. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 372: 20130322
          o Large-Eddy Simulation for Turbulent Heat Transfer, J. Thermal Science Engineering Applications, Special Issue: 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Heat Transfer Division, Vol. 5, 2013, pp. 021001-(1-13)
          o Time-Accurate Techniques for Heat Transfer Predictions in Turbomachinery, Two day Workshop Gas Turbine Heat Transfer, 2008, Organized by Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai – 600036, India
          o The Adaptive Code Kitchen: Flexible Tools for Dynamic Application Composition, in Proceedings of the Next Generation Software Systems Workshop, 21st IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS’07), Long Beach, CA, 8 pages, 2007
          o Internal Cooling of Turbine Blades for Power and Propulsion, Invited presentation, NCSA Booth, Supercomputing 2004, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004
          o Electrokinetic Induced Mixing in Microdevices, Minisymposium, Computational Micro- and Nano-Fluidics, Seventh U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM7), 2003. Albuquerque, New Mexico
          o Advances in the Computation of Air-side Heat Transfer in Compact Heat Exchangers, Forum on Parallel Computing in Heat Transfer, invited, ASME-IMECE, 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana
          o Large-Eddy Simulations of Flow and Heat transfer in Complex Three-Dimensional Multilouvered Fins, invited, Forum on CFD in Automotive Flows, Proceedings of 2000 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, 2000, Boston, Massachusetts
          o Simulating Flows in Solid Rocket Motors,” AIAA 99-3648, by invitation at the 30th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, Norfolk VA, 1999.
          o Programming with MPI-OpenMP, Panel discussion, Supercomputing 99, Portland, Oregon.

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