Professor Perumal Nithiarasu

About Me

Professor Nithiarasu is a very active researcher in the area of computational biomedical engineering, computational mechanics and computational fluid dynamics.

His contribution to the development of the characteristic based split scheme, in collaboration with Professor O.C. Zienkiewicz, is widely acknowledged. Professor Nithiarasu has led and developed a patient-specific modelling platform for carrying out cardiac and respiratory flow studies in Swansea. His research is mainly funded by EPSRC, RS, Leverhulme Trust and NISCHR.

Co-author of nearly two hundred publications, Professor Nithiarasu coordinates the computational biomedical modelling activities with the clinical colleagues in and around Swansea. He co-edits International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering and co-chairs three international conferences.

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Senior Member of AIAA
Chartered Mathematician
Chartered Engineer

Areas of Expertise

  • biomedical engineering
  • fluid dynamics
  • finite element method
  • heat transfer

Publications

  1. & An advanced computational bioheat transfer model for a human body with an embedded systemic circulation. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechnobiology
  2. & Robust Finite Element Approaches to Systemic Circulation Using the Locally Conservative Galerkin (LCG) Method. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy 82(2)
  3. & An improved method of computing geometrical potential force (GPF) employed in the segmentation of 3D and 4D medical images. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, 1-10.
  4. & Synergy Between Intercellular Communication and Intracellular Ca2+ Handling in Arrhythmogenesis. Annals of Biomedical Engineering
  5. & A comparative study of fractional step method in its quasi-implicit, semi-implicit and fully-explicit forms for incompressible flows. International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow 26(3/4), 595-623.

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Teaching

  • EG-323 Finite Element Method

    This module provides a concise introduction to the elementary concepts and methods of finite element analysis, with applications to heat flow, solid mechanics, groundwater flow and other engineering problems. It also provides practice in using finite element software/codes.

  • EGIM06 Computational Fluid Dynamics

    This module provides a concise overview on the basic principles of computational fluid mechanics. The topics include finite difference and finite element methods, compressible and incompressible flows. Training will also be provided on the implementation of computational fluid dynamics algorithms.

  • EGIM09 Finite Element Method

    This module provides a concise introduction to the elementary concepts and methods of finite element analysis, with applications to heat flow, solid mechanics, groundwater flow and other engineering problems. It also provides practice in using finite element software/codes.

Supervision

  • 'Human Cardiac Systems Electrophysiology: from Generic Models to Human Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rajesh Ransing
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Wang
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • An improved numerical model for systemic circulation to study high blood pressure and remodelling (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Chenfeng Li
  • A novel dual time stepping approach in fluid-structure interaction - application to biomedical problems. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Advancing the Techniques of Non-Standard Computed Tomography for Complex Material Analysis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
  • Heat Transfer in Human Macro and Micro Circulation (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
  • Computational Simulation of Mitral Valve Disease for Planning Surgical Treatment (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Clive Weston
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Developing new machine learning methods for analysing foundry in-process data in order to reduce manufacturing defects (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rajesh Ransing
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • 'Development of a model of cardiorespiratory control for an ambulatory artificial lung' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Melitta Mcnarry
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • 'Development of a parallel CFD solver for arterial flows' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • ''A One-dimensional Human Arterial Network Blood Flow Model with Applications to Stenoses and Aneurysms'' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
  • Implicit Deformable Models for Biomedical Image Segmentation (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Xianghua Xie
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
  • A locally conservative Galerkin approach for subject specific biobfluid dynamics (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
  • Rhinospirometry and Cottle Rhinospirometry as a means to evaluate the benefit of nasal septal surgery (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Professor Keir Lewis
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Computational Blood Flow Studies on Model and Realistic GeometriesFluid (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
  • Quasi-Positive Families of Flux Continuous Finite Volumes Schemes in Two and Three Dimensions (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Michael Edwards
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Low Reynolds number heat transfer prediction employing large Eddy Simulation for electronics geometrics (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Professor Oubay Hassan
  • Non-Invasive and Inverse Property Estimation of Arterial Elasticity (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
  • Experimental and Numerical study of an electro-osmotic flow-based heat spreader (awarded 2009)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Professor Paul Tucker
  • Numerical Simulations of Unsteady Impinging Jet Flows (awarded 2008)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Professor Paul Tucker
    Other supervisor: Professor Kenneth Morgan
  • Numerical Modelling of Electro -Osmotic flow through Micro-Channels (awarded 2007)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Professor Paul Tucker
  • Families of Control-Volume Distributed CVD (MPFA) Finite Volume Schemes for the Porous Media Pressure Equation on Structured and Unstructured Grids (awarded 2007)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Michael Edwards
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • One dimensional blood flow modelling with the Locally Conservative Galerkin (LCG) Method (awarded 2007)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Professor Nigel Weatherill
  • Computational of Jet flows using LES. (awarded 2006)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Paul Tucker
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Finite element solvers for interface problems (awarded 2006)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Professor Paul Tucker
  • A locally conservative Galerkin (LCG) finite element method for conservation equations using the CBS scheme (awarded 2006)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Professor Oubay Hassan
  • A Study of the Characteristic Based Split scheme (CBS) considering the incorporation of speed up techniques. (awarded 2005)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Professor Kenneth Morgan
  • Untitled (awarded 2004)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Untitled (awarded 2004)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Untitled (awarded 2003)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Untitled (awarded 2003)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Untitled (awarded 2002)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Untitled (awarded 2002)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Perumal Nithiarasu

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2007 DSc Swansea University, UK
1997 PhD Indian Institute of Technology Madras
1992 MTech University of Kerala
1989 BEng Madurai Kamaraj University

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
October 2006 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship
2006 Named raising star for highest percentate increase in total citations in Engineering by "www.in-cites.com"
2004 O.C. Zienkiewicz Award to Young Scientists in Computational Engineering Sciences
2002 Zienkiewicz Silver Medal and Prize, Presented by Institution of Civil Engineers
1998 Most Outstanding Paper Award - Heat Fluid Flow, MCB University Press
1992 First Rank Holder (MTech), University of Kerala
1992 HRD Scholarships: MTech & PhD

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
2010 Keynote Lecture, IHTC-14, International Heat Transfer Conference, Washington D.C. USA
January 2010 Keynote Lecture, SACAM2010, Seventh South African Conference on Computational and Applied Mechanics, Pretoria, South Africa
December 2008 Keynote Lecture, 35th National Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power (FMFP), Bangalore
May 2008 Keynote Lecture, Flow and Heat Transfer in Micro-channels. Electro-osmotic flow (EOF), EUROTHERM
December 2006 "Conceptual design, analysis and fabrication of a micro-cooling system for thermal management of electronic equipment",Bangalore
August 2006 Keynote Lecture, A unified approach to fluid dynamics, Keynote Lecture, CFD Symposium, NAL Bangalore
August 2006 Keynote Lecture, The finite element method for heat and fluid flow, International Heat Transfer conference IHTC
September 2005 Keynote Lecture, Fractional step methods for heat and fluid flow, HEFAT 2005, Cairo
September 2005 Keynote Lecture, Role of Numerical modelling in the compact heat exchanger analysis", British Colombia, Canada

External Responsibilities