Amrita K. Lonkar

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Durand Building, Room 010A
Stanford, CA 94305


Ph.D. Candidate, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2009-present.
M.S., Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2009.
B.Tech., Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur, 2007.

Research Interests

  • Computational and theoretical fluid dynamics
  • Magneto-fluid-dynamic simulation of plasma for aerospace applications
  • Active flow control technology
  • Design, analysis and optimization of large (multi MW) wind turbines
  • Aircraft design, synthesis and analysis
  • Structural health monitoring

Current Work

My interests include developing solution procedures for solving the equations governing the physics of chemically reacting gases with applications to high temperature plasma around re-entry vehicles and non-thermal plasma for flow control using plasma actuators. The governing equations encompass multiple disciplines including the physics of charged particles: governed by Maxwell's equations, the dynamics of fluid: governed by the Navier-Stokes equations and the chemistry of reacting gases in thermo-chemical non-equilibrium. In my doctoral research, I have developed and validated a numerical solver which solves the governing equations for multiple, chemically reacting species in a flow. The solver is part of the open-source suite of tools, SU2 and has a general formulation for any number of species and chemical reactions in the flow.


A. Lonkar, F. Palacios, R. W. MacCormack and J. J. Alonso, "Multidimensional Simulation of Plasma in Argon through a Shock in Hypersonic Flow". 43rd AIAA Thermophysics Conference, 2012.
S. R. Copeland, A. K. Lonkar, F. Palacios, J. J, Alonso, "Adjoint-Based Goal-Oriented Mesh Adaptation for Nonequilibrium Hypersonic Flows". 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2013.
K. Venkatasubbaiah, A. Mittal (my maiden name) and T. K. Sengupta, "Non-unique solution for combined-convection assisting flow over vertical flat plate". SADHANA Volume 31 no 6, July 2006.
S. Ha, K. Lonkar, A. Mittal (my maiden name) and F. K. Chang, "Adhesive Layer Effects on PZT-induced Waves at elevated Temperatures". Journal of Structural Health monitoring, March 2010.
I. Mueller, C. Larossa, S. Roy, A. Mittal (my maiden name), K. Lonkar and F. K. Chang "An integrated health management and prognostic technology for composite airframe structures". Journal of Structural Health monitoring, March 2010.