Dr. Kedar Pathak

Dr. Kedar Pathak

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering, SET



Dr. Kedar A. Pathak received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Maharaja Sayaji Rao Univeristy of Baroda in 2000. He pursued his Masters in Aerospace Engineering at IIT Mumbai, until January 2003, where he worked on higher-order shock capturing methods, and later he was awarded Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Akron, Ohio, USA, in 2008. During this period, he worked on developing numerical methods to investigate several of ablation phenomena such as plume dynamics, shielding effect, effect of turbulence, using Godunov’s exact solver. After completing his PhD program, he continued to work as a post-doctoral researcher on a project funded through five year NASA grant for over two and a half year, during which he worked on Adjoint-based optimization for unsteady compressible flows, and developed POD reduced order model. In the January of 2016, he joined the Mechanical Engineering department of Navrachana University (SCE), as Associate Professor.

His research interests are Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Thermo-Fluid Sciences, Adjoint-based Optimization, Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and high-performance computing (HPC). The topics he has been working on over the last few years are development of robust isotropic MHD turbulence model, which can be used in modeling MHD flows for nuclear reactors and POD bases reduced order model. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Computational Physics, AIAA Journal, and the Journal of Applied Surface Science. He has also presented his work at numerous international conferences. More recently, he was awarded the AICTE and GUJCOST grants. The theoretical research, essentially, in the both the projects is the development and implementation of the 3D Navier-Stokes solutions for cooling solar panel and investigating complex ablation plume dynamics, respectively.

  • Vol. 1, Issue: 2, March-2013
  • Patel Dilip S, Snehal  N. Patel, Pathak Kedar A. Analytical Comparison of a Gas Turbine Blade Cooling Using Wet and Dry Air. Journal of Experimental & Applied Mechanics. 2016; manuscript accepted
  • Patel Dilip S, Pathak Kedar A. Investigation of Supersonic Flow Past a Cavity Using Basic Numerical Techniques. Journal of Experimental & Applied Mechanics. 2016; 7(2): 30–40p
  • Nail Yamaleev and Kedar Pathak. Pod-based design optimzation for flows from low to high mach number. Submitted to Journal of Mathematics and System Science (ISSN 2159-5291, USA), 2013.
  • Jigar Panchal, Uchit Patel, Kedar Pathak. A Review on CFD Analysis of Cab and Tailor Vol. 1, Issue: 2, March-2013 (IJRMEET) ISSN: 2320-6586
  • Nail Yamaleev and Kedar Pathak. Nonlinear model reduction for unsteady discontinuous flows. Journal of Computational Physics, DOI 0.1016/j.jcp.2013.03.002, 2013
  • Hardik Patel K. Pathak, D.M.Patel. Cfd analysis of the effect of gas flows in ytterebium: fiber laser cutting. IJERA, 2(3):123, apr 2012
  • Bhautik R. Pabani, Dr. Kedar A. Pathak. CFD Analysis Of Laser Ablation For Nanotube Production –A Review International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA)ISSN: 2248-9622 Vol. 2, Issue4, July-august 2012, pp.1204-1207
  • B. Diskin K. Pathak, N. Yamaleev. Error minimization via adjoint-based anisotropic grid adaptation. AIAA-2010-4436, 2011
  • K. Pathak A. Chandy. Laser ablated carbon plume flow dynamics under magnetic ield. Journal of Applied Physics, 105(8):084909 –084909–8, May 2009
  • G. Datta K. Pathak, P. Alex. Dynamics of plumes generated by local injection of blated material. AIAA journal, 47(3):655 – 6667, 2009
  • K. Pathak A. Povitsky. Modeling of ionization and shielding in ablation of carbon. Journal of Applied Physics, 104(8):113108, Apr 2008
  • K. Pathak A. Povitsky. Multi-time step modeling of plume dynamics in carbon Ablation. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 8(11):6075–6081(7), july 2008.
  • A. Povitsky, K. Pathak(*) and D. Gaitonde, Dynamics of Multiple Plumes Generated by Local Injection of Ablated Material, the 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, January 2008, AIAA  Paper  2008-0577
  • K. Pathak and A. Povitsky. Modeling of plume dynamics with shielding in laser ablation of carbon. Applied Surface Science, 253(15):6359 – 6365, 2007
  • K. Pathak N. Mullenix, A. Povitsky. Combined thermal and gas dynamics numerical model for laser ablation of carbon. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 6(5):1271–1280, apr 2006
  • K. Pathak A. Povitsky. Inviscid, viscous and turbulent models of plume dynamics for laser ablation of carbon. Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 3:565–578, june 2006
  • Awards
  • Research grant FA9550-07-1-0457: Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) , Dayton, USA
  • Young investigator award, Third M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics June 14-17, 2005, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA


  • Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Power (John F. Douglas, Esposito, Anthony)
  • Thermodynamics (Moran and Shapiro)
  • Power Plants (Black and Veatch)


  • Magnetohydrodynamics (George W. Sutton and Arthur Sherman; P.A. Davidson; Hughes, W.F. and Young)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (Tannehill, Anderson and Pletcher)
  • Advanced Numerical Slolutions to PDEs (E. F. Toro, W.F. Ames, L. Lapidus and G.F. Pinder)
  • Combustion (Stephan R Turns)
  • Micro-Nano Flows (GEM Karniadakis)
  • Finite Element Methods (Larson, M.G., Bengzon, F)
  • Dilip Patel, Waste Heat Recovery Optimization in Thermal Power Plants, Ph.D. since August 2011, Ganpat University
  • Shailesh Patel, Modeling Enhanced Heat Transfer with Turbulence, Ph.D. since August 2011, Ganpat University
  • Piyush Mistry, Development of Experimental set up for Solar Thermal Applications, Ph.D. since August 2013, Indus University

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