Harish Viswanathan

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Dr Harish Viswanathan

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering


Dr Harish Viswanathan is currently a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering associated with Thermofluids Group.


Dr Viswanathan received his MSc degree in Industrial Mathematical Modelling and PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University. He held a postdoctoral position at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Colorado on a collaborative research work with Iowa State University, Princeton University and the National Energy Technology Lab in the USA. He started as an Applications Engineer with COMSOL Multiphysics worked for two years, and then worked for Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India as a Technical Leader in the area of Fuel Systems CFD for five years. Dr Viswanathan has authored several papers, has published in prestigious journals including the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Physics of Fluids, and has filed 8 patents with Daimler.

Specialist areas of interest

Harish has special interests in modelling Fuel tank filling, aerodynamics and water management in cars, aero-vibro acoustics and effect of aerodynamics due to heavy wind and rain for passenger cars. Broadly he is interested in two-phase flows with turbulence, both reacting and non-reacting, phase change with evaporation, fluid-structure interaction, Aero-Vibro Acoustics and Conjugate Heat transfer


Department of Engineering and Mathematics

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Engineering and Mathematics

Thermofluids, Computational Fluid dynamics


Chode, K., Viswanathan, H., & Chow, K. (2021). Noise emitted from a generic side-view mirror with different aspect ratios and inclinations. Physics of Fluids, 33 (8). http://doi.org/10.1063/5.0057166

Viswanathan, H. (2021). Aerodynamic Performance of Several Passive Vortex Generator Configurations on an Ahmed Body Subjected to Yaw Angles. Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, 43 (3), 131. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40430-021-02850-8

Chode, K.K., Viswanathan, H., & Chow, K. (2020). Numerical Investigation on the Salient Features of Flow over Standard Notchback Configurations using Scale Resolving Simulations. Computers & Fluids, 210, 104666. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2020.104666

Read, C., & Viswanathan, H. (2020). An Aerodynamic Assessment of Vehicle-Side Wall Interaction using Numerical Simulation. International Journal of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, 17 (1), 7587-7598. http://doi.org/10.15282/ijame.17.1.2020.08.0563

Viswanathan, H. (2019). Oscillatory motion and merging responses of primary and satellite droplets from Newtonian liquid jets. Chemical Engineering Science, 212, 115334. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2019.115334

Viswanathan, H. (2018). Breakup and coalescence of drops during transition from dripping to jetting in a Newtonian fluid. International Journal of Multiphase Flow. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2018.09.016

Ganuga, R.S., Viswanathan, H., Sonar, S., & Awasthi, A. (2014). Fluid-structure interaction modelling of internal structures in a sloshing tank subjected to resonance. International Journal of Fluid Mechanics Research, 41 (2), 145-168. http://doi.org/10.1615/InterJFluidMechRes.v41.i2.40

VISWANATHAN, H., SHEIKH, N.A., WILDMAN, R.D., & HUNTLEY, J.M. (2011). Convection in three-dimensional vibrofluidized granular beds. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 682, 185-212. http://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2011.209

WILDMAN, R.D., MARTIN, T.W., HUNTLEY, J.M., JENKINS, J.T., VISWANATHAN, H., FEN, X., & PARKER, D.J. (2008). Experimental investigation and kinetic-theory-based model of a rapid granular shear flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 602, 63-79. http://doi.org/10.1017/s0022112008000700

Viswanathan, H., Wildman, R.D., Huntley, J.M., & Martin, T.W. (2006). Comparison of kinetic theory predictions with experimental results for a vibrated three-dimensional granular bed. Physics of Fluids, 18 (11). http://doi.org/10.1063/1.2353398

Jadon, V., Agawane, G., Baghel, A., Balide, V., Banerjee, R., Getta, A., ... Awasthi, A. (n.d.). An Experimental and Multiphysics Based Numerical Study to Predict Automotive Fuel Tank Sloshing Noise. SAE Technical Paper Series. http://doi.org/10.4271/2014-01-0888

Viswanathan, H., Awasthi, A., Ageorges, C., & Bohl, M. (n.d.). Shock Waves in Canister Purge Valves. SAE Technical Paper Series. http://doi.org/10.4271/2013-26-0040

Conference papers

Viswanathan, H., & Chode, K. (2023). The influence of forebody topology on aerodynamic drag and aeroacoustics characteristics of Squareback Vehicles using CAA. In Aerovehicles 5, Poiters, France, 12 June 2023 - 14 June 2023.

Viswanathan, H. (2019). Formation and merging of satellite droplets disintegrated from laminar liquid jets. In Droplets 2019, Durham University, UK, 15 September 2019 - 18 September 2019. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.25742.31048: http://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.25742.31048

Theses / Dissertations

Chode, K.K. (2024). An Investigation of Aerodynamic Noise from Standard GroundVehicles using Computational Aeroacoustics. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Viswanathan, H., Chow, K., & Potts, J. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00611


Viswanathan, H., & Ranganathan, R. (2016). Method for providing heating to a diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank. https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?II=4&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20160615&CC=GB&NR=2533099A&KC=A

Viswanathan, H., & Bohl, M. (2015). Ventilanordnung für ein Kraftfahrzeug. https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?II=1&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20150813&CC=DE&NR=102014001628A1&KC=A1

Harish, V., Reddi, V., & Viswanathan, H. (2015). Method and system for determining the quantity of a fluid, in particular fuel, in a tank. https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?FT=D&date=20150617&DB=&locale=en_EP&CC=GB&NR=2521320A&KC=A&ND=4

Viswanathan, H. (2014). Method for determining the life of a component subjected to fluid loading. GB2514147 (A). https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?II=7&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20141119&CC=GB&NR=2514147A&KC=A

Viswanathan, H., Bohl, M., & Weber, R. (2014). Valve for adjusting amount of gases to-be guided from adsorption filter to internal combustion engine of motor vehicle and comprising fuel components, has flexible region on one side for damping pulsation of gas. https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?II=5&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20140731&CC=DE&NR=102013021227A1&KC=A1

Viswanathan, H. (2014). Liquid fuel tank with motorised actuated horizontal baffle. https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?II=6&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20140723&CC=GB&NR=2510054A&KC=A

Viswanathan, H. (2014). Fuel dispensing nozzle having a shutter which opens when the nozzle is inserted into a filler pipe. https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?II=8&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20140205&CC=GB&NR=2504555A&KC=A

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