Senthil Kumar

Senthil Kumar Parimalanathan, Ph.D.

Interfacial Flows and Micro-gravity based Researcher at ULB

Former IF@ULB researcher

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"Driven to push the boundaries of fluid mechanics research and revolutionize microgravity technology through innovative experimentation and collaboration."

"We are not to tell nature what she’s gotta be. … She's always got better imagination than we have"

-Richard Phillips Feynman

About Me

I am currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Transfers, Interfaces & Processes (TIPs) laboratory , Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. I am a former Individual Fellow at ULB (IF@ULB, COFUNDed by the Université libre de Bruxelles and the European Commission within the framework of MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE actions (H2020). I have completed my Ph.D in the field of experimental grid turbulence, droplet vaporization and combustion from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. I also pursued Master of Technology in the field of Thermal Sciences with specialization in Combustion and Propulsion from the same institute.

I am a great fan of American physicist, Noble prize winner, Prof. Richard Feynman and always wanted to pursue research as means of decoding the "nature of Nature". I love teaching as much as I love doing research. I am more of an experimentalist and would like to spend most of my time with optical gadgets. I recently got interested in Machine learning. Like Professor Brian Cox, I too believe that "the greatest threat to our planet is the human stupidity".

I have worked on variety of topics such as Passive Turbulence Control, Jet Acoustics, Jet Instability Modes, Free Shear Flows, Diffusion and Premixed Flames, Sessile Droplet Spreading and Evaporation, Contact Angle Hysterisis, Chemically reacting drops, Counter-flow Diffusion Flames, Coal Gastification, Bio-Fluid Mechanics and Atomization and Sprays.

As an Individual fellow at ULB I was working on the effect of humidity and water concentration on the spreading of hygroscopic droplets (more infomation in the research section ). Currently, I am working on evaporation dynamics of sessile droplets and Films in microgravity. In relation to this, I have been participating in various parabolic flight campaigns and sounding rocket campaigns organised by ESA and Funded by BELSPO

Contact me through my e-mail in case you need any guidance with respect to research related to the above specified topics. I may not know every details but atleast can direct you in the right direction...