Professor Perumal Nithiarasu

Personal Chair
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 513267
Room: Deputy Head of College - A_107
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Engineering Central
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Perumal Nithiarasu is Professor and Director of Research at College of Engineering, Swansea University. He is also a Deputy Head of College of Engineering and Dean Academic Leadership (Research Impact) at Swansea University. 

Professor Nithiarasu has served on several University committees including HR Research Working Group as a chair and REF14 impact and appeal committees as a member. He has proposed and implemented a public lecture named after the father of the finite element method, Professor O.C. Zienkiewicz, which you can find out more about here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/engineering/zcce/zienkiewicz-lecture/. The Biomedical Engineering research group led by Professor Nithiarasu currently consists of ten academic staff, more than twenty-five post-docs and research students.

A Mechanical Engineer by training, Professor Nithiarasu has extensive experience in teaching engineering students of different disciplines. His research areas of interest include computational fluid dynamics and biomedical engineering. He has been working in these areas for more than twenty five years and has published a large number of articles and books.

Well known internationally for his work, Professor Nithiarasu was awarded the Zienkiewicz silver medal of ICE London in 2002, ECCOMAS Young Investigator award in 2004 and the prestigious EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 2006.

Professor Nithiarasu currently co-chairs two international conferences, including the well-known Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering series (CMBE series, www.compbiomed.net) founded by Professor Nithiarasu.

Professor Nithiarasu is the founding and editor in chief of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, published by Wiley-Blackwell (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/20407947).

Professor Nithiarasu was elected to the fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales in 2018. Further details on Professor Nithiarasu’s publications may be found here and by following the link to Publons at https://publons.com/researcher/1366216/perumal-nithiarasu/.

Follow him on Twitter here @nithiarasu

Areas of Expertise

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

Publications

  1. & Computational Instantaneous Wave‐Free Ratio (IFR) For Patient‐Specific Coronary Artery Stenoses Using 1D Network Models. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
  2. & Non‐invasive coronary CT angiography‐derived fractional flow reserve (FFR): A benchmark study comparing the diagnostic performance of four different computational methodologies. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
  3. & A generalised model for electro-osmotic flow in porous media. International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print)
  4. & Simulations on an undamped electromechanical vibration of microtubules in cytosol. Applied Physics Letters 114(25), 253702
  5. & Modelling electro-osmotic flow in porous media: a review. International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow 28(2), 472-497.

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Teaching

  • 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.

Supervision

  • Definition of the Arterial Contractility-Regulation via Multi-Physics Modelling Approach (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Development of human digital twin model for the cardiovascular system (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
  • Diagnostic Performance of Virtual FFR derived from routine Coronary Angiography using 1D Flow Modelling: Validation against Fractional Flow Reserve. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Prof Julian Halcox
  • Data based models for defect reduction in investment casting manufacturing data (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Rajesh Ransing
  • Multiscale modelling and analysis of cancer growth and treatment strategies (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Gibin Powathil
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Sanjay Pant
  • Analytical and Numerical methods of transient heat conduction in a 3D model of a full human body. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alberto Coccarelli
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Aneurysm/stenosis detection through non-invasive peripheral measurements (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Sanjay Pant
  • An element-free framework for modelling the biorheological behaviour of red blood cells (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Adesola Ademiloye
  • Using machine learning to maximise impact of fusion energy experimental facility virtual twin (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Llion Evans
  • Modelling on the nanomechanics of cytoskeletal filaments (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Chengyuan Wang
  • 'Some fluid-structure interaction studies using openFOAM Technology' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Chenfeng Li
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • Novel Semi Implicit Locally Conservative Galerkin SILCG Solvers: Applications to 1D Human circulation, Heat Transfer and aging problems. (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
  • 'Developing new machine learning methods for analysing foundry in-process data in order to reduce manufacturing defects' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Rajesh Ransing
  • ''A novel dual time stepping approach in fluid-structure interaction - application to biomedical problems.'' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Perumal Nithiarasu
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov

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