• 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

  • 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 and Honors


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

Education

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1989
M.S., Texas Tech University, 1983
B.E., Bombay University, 1980

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

Danesh Tafti

William S. Cross Professor