Ramanan Sankaran is a computational scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He performed his postdoctoral research at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore. Subsequently, he joined the scientific computing group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2006. Dr. Sankaran performs numerical studies of reacting flows using high performance computing (HPC) to understand the fundamental characteristics of turbulent combustion. He also develops software for combustion and reacting flow applications on modern high performance computer architectures. Dr. Sankaran's group performs Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) and Large Eddy Simulations (LES) of turbulent combustion using some of the most powerful computers in the world such as the HPC systems at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). This allows his group to perform some of the world’s most detailed and accurate simulations of turbulent combustion providing unique datasets for model validation and improvement. The database produced from these simulations is analyzed to validate the models used in device scale engineering simulations and improve their predictive capability.
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