Computational Fluid Dynamics in Aerospace Industry in India

  • K. P. Singh Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore
  • J. S. Mathur National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore
  • V. Ashok Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Debasis Chakraborty Defence Research & Development Laboratory, Hyderabad
Keywords: Computational fluid dynamics, missile aerodynamics, aerospace vehicles design


The role of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in the design of fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, launch vehicle and missiles in India is explained. Indigenous developments of grid generators, 3-D Euler and Navier-Stokes solvers using state-of-the-art numerical techniques and physical models have been described. Applications of these indigenous softwares for the prediction of various complex aerodynamic flows over a wide range of Mach number, angle of attacks, are presented. Emergence of CFD methods as an efficient tool for aerospace vehicle design is highlighted.

Defence Science Journal, 2010, 60(6), pp.639-652, DOI:

Author Biographies

K. P. Singh, Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore

Dr K.P. Singh obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru. He is currently working as Technical Adviser at Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bengaluru .He superannuated from ADA as a Project Director on 31st December, 2009. He was responsible for aerodynamic activities for Tejas fighter aircraft and its Trainer/ Navy variants, which included CFD. aerodynamics refinements, store-separation studies, flow- field data for air data sensor. wind tunnel testing, and support to flight testing.

J. S. Mathur, National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore

Dr J.S. Mathur is Scientist 'F' and Joint Head of the Computational and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics Division (TFDD), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bengaluru. He has a BTech (Aeronautical Engineering) from IIT Kanpur, MS (Aerospace Engineering) from Cornell University, USA, and PhD (Aerospace Engineering) from IISc Bengaluru. He was a Research Scientist in the University of Wales, Swansea, UK during 1990-91 and 2001-02. His areas of interest are computational fluid dynamics and grid generation for aerospace applications.

V. Ashok, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram

Mr V. Ashok obtained BTech (Mechanical Engineering) from the College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1987. He obtained his MTech (Aerospace Engineering) from IIT Kanpur in 1989. He joined the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in 1989 and has been working in the Aerodynamics Division since then. His main interests are in the development and application of CFD codes to aerospace problems. He is the recipient of the Swarna Jayanthi award of the Aeronautical Society of India for 2003.

Debasis Chakraborty, Defence Research & Development Laboratory, Hyderabad

Dr Debasis Chakraborty obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. Presently, he is working as Technology Director, Computational Dynamics Directorate, DRDL, Hyderabad. His research interests are CFD, aerodynamics, high-speed combustion, and propulsion. He has about 30 journal and 40 conference publications to his credit.

How to Cite
Singh, K., Mathur, J., Ashok, V., & Chakraborty, D. (2010). Computational Fluid Dynamics in Aerospace Industry in India. Defence Science Journal, 60(6), 639-652.

Most read articles by the same author(s)