Official Details

Dr. Suresh Kumar Govindarajan


Reservoir Simulation Laboratory

Petroleum Engineering Programme
Department of Ocean Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology – Madras
Chennai 600 036 INDIA




Ph: 044 2257 4814 (Office)

Ph: 044 2257 5838 (Laboratory)



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Post-Doc / Ph D / M S Positions



Secured Doctoral Degree from IISc (Bangalore):
Thesis Submitted: Nov 2003; Degree Awarded: Sep 2004


Worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow @ University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA between Nov 2003 and June 2005

Worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow @ Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada between June 2005 and May 2006


Worked as Assistant Professor @ IIT – Guwahati between June 2006 and May 2007


Joined IIT – Madras on 16th May 2007 as Assistant Professor


16th May 2007 – 31st May 2010:  Assistant Professor – Department of Civil Engineering, IIT-Madras

1st June 2010  –  24th July 2015:  Associate Professor – Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT-Madras


Joined the present position as Professor on 24th July 2015



Research/Teaching Experience @ IIT – Madras

Associate Professor (Department of Ocean Engineering)

Period:  June 2010 – July 2015

Experience:  5 Years & 02 Month


Research/Teaching Experience @ IIT – Madras

Assistant Professor (Department of Civil Engineering)

Period:  May 2007 – May 2010

Experience:  3 Years & 01 Month


Research/Teaching Experience @ IIT – Guwahati

Assistant Professor (Department of Civil Engineering)

Period:   June 2006 – May 2007

Experience:   1.0 Year


Post-Doctoral Fellow  @
Queens University – Canada

Period:   June 2005 – May 2006

Experience:   1.0 Year


Post-Doctoral Fellow  @
University of North Dakota – USA

Period:   Nov 2003 – June 200)

Experience:  1 Year & 8 Months



Basic Research (2004 – 2014)

Trying to understand the behavior of fluid flow in a fractured reservoir as against the conventional classical porous medium, where we do a have reasonable understanding in describing fluid flow, especially at the macroscopic scale. However, in a fractured reservoir, it is extremely difficult to deduce a reasonable REV, which in turn, poses a great challenge in deducing the mean value of the dependent variable of interest (spatial and temporal distribution of pressure profiles). In this context, investigations are being carried out in order to capture the anomalies associated with a fractured reservoir with reference to the single continuum hypothesis of a classical porous medium.

In 2004, a fundamental flow chart was suggested in order to delineate a fractured reservoir from that of a conventional porous reservoir based on a minimum number of transport parameters. (Published in Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (ASCE)).
In 2014, an improved mathematical model has been developed that better captures the pressure profiles in a fractured reservoir by the introduction of a fluid mass transfer term within the low permeability rock-matrix.
(Published in Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (ASCE)).
In addition, a numerical model has been developed using Finite Volume Technique that addresses the hyperbolic dominant fluid flow as against the conventional parabolic dominant fluid flow within the high permeable fracture for the very first time.
(Resubmitted with minor revision to Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering).


Applied Research (2010 – 2014)

Numerical investigations on Enhanced Oil Recovery by Microbial Flooding under non-isothermal conditions.

Numerical investigations on phase-behavior effects of Thermally Enhanced Oil Recovery by In-Situ Combustion.

Numerical investigations on velocity of nano-particles in a Fractured Petroleum Reservoir.

Numerical investigations on fate and transport of petroleum hydrocarbons in a sub-surface system (Onshore Oil Spill).

Experimental investigations on wettability alteration in carbonate reservoirs using nano-fluids.

Field investigations on an oil spilled contaminated site.

Developed a mathematical model that considers the transport of petroleum hydrocarbons in saturated fractured rocks.

Developed a mathematical model that considers the sub-surface transport of nuclear wastes through fractured rocks.




Research Experience before Joining IIT


 Mathematical/Numerical Modeling of Fluid Flow and Solute Transport in Fractured Reservoirs
{Ph D Work – IISc (Bangalore) – India}
 Numerical Modeling of Enhanced Geothermal Energy System in Fractured Reservoirs
{First Post-Doctoral Work – University of North Dakota – Grand Forks – USA}
 Mathematical Modeling on the Transportation of Nuclear Wastes in the Vicinity of a Nuclear Waste Repository (Second Post-Doctoral Work – Queens University – Kingston – Canada}




Details of University Education

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India 2004
Ph. D in Civil Engineering
Major: Hydromechanics and Water Resources

Anna University, Chennai, India 1998
Master of Engineering
Major: Hydrology & Water Resources
First Class with Distinction:
GPA: 8.51/10

M.K. University, Dindigul, India 1995
Bachelor of Engineering
Major: Civil Engineering
First Class: (74.7%)

Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School, Trichy, India 1990
First Class: (80.5%)

Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School, Trichy, India 1988
S.S.L.C  (Secured 100% in Mathematics)
First Class: (85.6%)



Foreign Countries – Lived:  USA & Canada

Foreign Countries – Visited:  Australia & Malaysia


DOB: 10-JULY-1973