Dr. Advaith Sankar

Assistant Professor

Office: Room No: 206-A, Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Laboratory Building 

Tel: (O) : +91 44 2257 4670
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Dr. Advaith Sankar received his PhD from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore in 2020. He graduated with a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati in 2013. Subsequently, he was with Hero Motocorp Ltd., Gurgaon, India. He was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Nottingham, UK before joining IIT Madras in May 2022.

His current research interests include renewable energy storage systems, machine learning applications towards energy systems and fluid flow, heat transfer and fluid flow diagnostics.

Awards & Honors

  1. Outstanding Paper Award in 14th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Wicklow, Ireland, July 2019
  2. United Nations (UN) Youth Delegate in 21st session of the Youth Assembly held at the UN headquarters, New York, organized on the theme of ‘Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World’ with a focus ‘Affordable and Clean Energy for everyone (SDG 7)’, February 2018
  3. Best Oral Presentation Award in 2nd international conference on sustainable energy and environmental challenges, IISc Bangalore, India, January 2018 

Selected Publications

  1. S Advaith, KT Aswathi, and S Basu. On the generation and evolution of heated vortex rings in viscous fluids. European Journal of Mechanics-B/Fluids, 91:107–120, 2022.
  2. DR Parida, S Advaith, N Dani, and S Basu. Assessing the impact of a novel hemispherical diffuser on a single-tank sensible thermal energy storage system. Renewable Energy, 183:202–218, 2022.
  3. S Advaith, DR Parida, KT Aswathi, N Dani, UK Chetia, K Chattopadhyay, and S Basu. Experimental investigation on single-medium stratified thermal energy storage system. Renewable Energy, 164:146–155, 2021.
  4. A Tinaikar, S Advaith, and S Basu. Understanding evolution of vortex rings in viscous fluids. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 836:873–909, 2018.
  5. S Advaith, KV Manu, A Tinaikar, UK Chetia, and S Basu. Interaction of vortex ring with a stratified finite thickness interface. Physics of Fluids, 29(9):093602, 2017.
  6. A Tinaikar, S Advaith, UK Chetia, KV Manu, and S Basu. Spatio-temporal disruption of thermocline by successive laminar vortex pairs in a single tank thermal energy storage. Applied Thermal Engineering, 109:924–935, 2016.
  7. S Hatte, C Mira-Hernandez, S Advaith, A Tinaikar, UK Chetia, KV Manu, Kamanio Chattopadhyay, Justin A Weibel, Suresh V Garimella, Vinod Srinivasan, and Saptarshi Basu.  Short and long-term sensitivity of lab-scale thermocline based thermal storage to flow disturbances. Applied Thermal Engineering, 109:936–948, 2016.