Professor Perumal Nithiarasu

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

Professor Nithiarasu is Head of the Zienkiewicz Centre.

Areas of Expertise

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

Publications

  1. & Estimating the accuracy of a reduced-order model for the calculation of fractional flow reserve (FFR). International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
  2. & Three-dimensional transverse vibration of microtubules. Journal of Applied Physics 121(23), 234301
  3. & An advanced computational bioheat transfer model for a human body with an embedded systemic circulation. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology 15(5), 1173-1190.
  4. & Robust Finite Element Approaches to Systemic Circulation Using the Locally Conservative Galerkin (LCG) Method. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy 82(2)
  5. & A Novel Modelling Approach to Energy Transport in a Respiratory System.. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering

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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

  • '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: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • ''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: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • An improved numerical model for systemic circulation to study high blood pressure and remodelling (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Chenfeng Li
  • Heat Transfer in Human Macro and Micro Circulation (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
  • Multiscale modelling and analysis of cancer growth and heatment strategies (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Gibin Powathil
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Vibrating microtubules as non-invasive and biocompatible biosensors in early diagnosis of cancer (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Wang
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Machine Learning Algorithms in Manufacturing (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rajesh Ransing
    Other supervisor: Prof 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