Post-Doc / Ph D / M S Positions


Searching for talented candidates with strong numerical skills (Reservoir Simulation / CFD), who are eager to engage in research topics of relevance for both industry and academia.


Desired Fundamentals


Reservoir Engineering

Classification of Petroleum Reservoirs

Conventional and Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs

Reservoir Rock & Fluid Properties

Fundamentals of Fluid Flow through Porous Media

Primary and Secondary Migration Mechanism

Primary and Secondary Recovery Mechanism

Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes

Determination of Oil & Gas in Place

Transient Well Pressure Analysis

Decline Curve Analysis

Reservoir Performance Analysis


Reservoir Simulation

Concept of a Reservoir Simulator

Black Oil Model

Partial Differential Equations (Parabolic & Hyperbolic)

Diffusivity Equation

Fractional Flow Equation

Buckley – Leverett Equation

Frontal Advance Equation

Finite Difference Discretization Scheme




Outline of Research Problems for Petroleum / Chemical / Mechanical /Civil / Aero-space Engineers:


Numerical Modeling on the Reservoir Production Performance of Shale Gas Reservoirs.


Numerical Modeling on the Enhanced Recovery of Methane Production associated with the Coal Bed Methane Reservoirs.


Numerical Modeling on the Reservoir Efficiency of various Trapping Mechanisms associated with CO2 Sequestration in a heterogeneous Deep Saline Aquifer.


Numerical Modeling on the Thermal / Microbial / Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes resulting from Improved Displacement and Sweep Efficiencies.


Numerically solving the coupled non-linear partial differential equations that describe the integrated low-salinity water flooding and microbially enhanced oil recovery under non-isothermal conditions in a fractured petroleum reservoir.

Numerical modeling of low salinity water flooding in a sandstone / carbonate reservoir: Developing 2-D, 2-Phase, Buckley Leverett Model.


Numerically modeling on coupled CO2 and Low-salinity water flooding in porous / fractured reservoirs: Influence of salinity on gas injection patterns with reference to MMP in order to investigate the recovery and utilization factors.


Numerically solving the coupled non-linear partial differential equations that describe the thermally enhanced oil recovery using in-situ combustion from a porous / fractured heavy oil reservoir.


Numerical modeling of fractured shale gas / tight gas reservoirs:  Investigating the interaction between propped primary hydraulic fractures and secondary stress-release fracture systems in order to deduce the optimum fracture completion.

Buckley-Leverett analysis that describes oil-water flow through a completely saturated porous medium in horizontal direction in order to investigate the position of a particular saturation as a function of time; and to analyze the characteristics of saturation profiles in detail by solving the BL oil displacement problem numerically using finite-difference / finite-volume scheme.


Numerically solving the coupled non-linear partial differential equations that describe the shale gas flow through nano-pores by considering Knudsen diffusion, slippage effect, gas desorption, and gas diffusive flux from kerogen bulk.


Propose a numerical solution for a well in a dual-porosity reservoir in order to investigate the characteristics of drawdown profiles associated with a Pressure Transient Analysis (PTA) of a fractured reservoir.


Numerically solve the two-dimensional, multi-phase fluid flow in a typical petroleum reservoir using IMPES solution technique for various boundary conditions using FD or FV scheme. (A) Oil-Water Simulation; (B) Saturated Oil-Gas Simulation; (C) Under-Saturated Oil-Gas Simulation.



Outline of Research Problems for Civil / Environmental / Chemical / Ocean Engineers:


Numerical modeling: Bioremediation of marine sediments contaminated by hydrocarbons.


Numerical modelling on the formation, burial and decomposition, reformation and distribution of methane hydrates in the marine environment.


Numerical modelling of methane hydrate and free gas accumulation in marine sediments considering geo-chemical constituents involving sedimentation/erosion and consolidation under non-isothermal conditions: Investigating the formation and dissociation of methane hydrates based on the proportion of hydrate growth Vs total methane; and seepage of methane.


Numerical modeling of aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation processes at a crude oil spill site.


Numerical modeling of biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in oil-contaminated beach sediments treated with nutrient amendments.


Numerical model for the biodegradation of low solubility hydrocarbons.


Numerical model for the biodegradation kinetics of oil droplets (Deepwater horizon oil spill).


Numerical model development for predicting relative permeability-saturation-capillary pressure relationships of oil-water systems in porous / fractured media with mixed wettability.


Numerical modeling of chemical EOR processes (Multi-phase, Multi-component, Multi-species Reactive Transport Model).


Numerical model development for predicting spatial and temporal concentration distributions of BTEX dissolution and biodegradation in order to investigate the limitations of Raoul’s Law in a fractured aquifer.


Numerical modeling groundwater contaminants by organic pollutants in a fractured aquifer.


Numerical modeling: Tidal influence on BTEX biodegradation in coastal aquifers.


Unsaturated flow and transport (numerical) models in nutrient and pesticide management.

Numerical modelling of fluid flow through a coupled unsaturated and saturated sub-surface system: Groundwater recharge estimation.


Numerical modelling of multi-dimensional multi-species reactive solute transport through a coupled unsaturated and saturated sub-surface system: Reactive transport of sub-surface pollutants during an artificial groundwater recharge process.



Outline of Research Problems for Civil / Mechanical / Petroleum Engineers:


Numerical modeling of non-isothermal fluid flow associated with a fractured geothermal reservoir.


Numerical modeling of quartz / calcite precipitation induced fracture aperture changes associated with a fractured geothermal reservoir.


Numerical modeling of Thermal EOR by SAGD / Hot-water-drive / Steam-drive / Cyclic-steam-injection.


Numerical modeling coupled fluid flow and geo-mechanics associated with a fractured petroleum reservoir.


Numerical modelling of hydraulic fracturing (hydro-geo-mechanical model) on oil sands.


Numerical modelling on the stability of hydraulic fracture propagation.


Numerical modelling on the sensitivity of thermo-poro-elastic stresses on fracture propagation from a wellbore and its associated reservoir: Investigation on the direction of crack growth as a function of minimum/maximum principal stresses influenced by pore pressure and temperature changes.


Ph.D & MS(Research) Programme – IIT Madras



Post-Doctoral Fellowship @ IIT-Madras









Prof. Suresh Kumar Govindarajan – IIT Madras




Prof. G. Suresh Kumar 


Our Research Group


Research Scholars:


1. Natarajan (CE07D011) – Ph D (Awarded 2012)

2. Berlin (CE10D010) – Ph D (Awarded 2012)

3. Tushar Sharma (OE10D017) – Ph D (Awarded 2015)

4. Vasudevan (CE10D005) – Ph D (Awarded 2015)

5. Srinivasa Reddy Devarapu (OE11D019) – Ph D (Awarded 2015)

6. Rajesh Kanna (OE11D005) – Ph D (Awarded 2016)

7. Samarth Patwardhan (OE12D009) – Ph D (Awarded 2016)

8. Mohana Sundaram (CE09D011) – Ph D (Awarded 2017)

9. P Sivasankar (OE12D024) – Ph D (Awarded 2018)

10. V Renu (OE13D038) – Ph D (Awarded 2019)

11. R Vivek (OE13D010) – Ph D (Awarded 2019)

 12. Omkar Goenkar (CE13D033) – Ph D (Awarded 2019)


13. Abhishek Kumar (OE14D001) – Ph D (Ongoing)

14. Sridharan Chandrasekaran (OE14D033) – Ph D (Ongoing)

15. Avanish Mishra (OE15D037) – Ph D (Ongoing)

16. B Rajasekhar (CE14D035) – Ph D (Ongoing)


17. Nitha Ayinippully Nalarajan (CE15D007) – Ph D (Ongoing)

18. Subhashini Nainar (OE16D004) – Ph D (Ongoing)

19. Susmit Chakraborty (BT16D301) – Ph D (Ongoing)

20. Vinod Kumar Singh (OE17D028) – Ph D (Ongoing)

21. Divya T (CE17D035) – Ph D (Ongoing)


22. Rockey Abhishek (OE12S031) – M S (Awarded 2015)

23. Nikhil (OE12S025) – M S (Awarded 2015)

24. Rakesh (OE13S007) – M S (Awarded 2016)

 25. Tapan Kidambi (OE14S018) ) – M S (Awarded 2017)

26. Vijay Kumar B (OE15S008) ) – M S (Awarded 2017)

 27. Awez Hanegaoukar (OE14S022) ) – M S (Awarded 2018)

 28. Sugumar L (OE12S010) ) – M S (Awarded 2019)


29. Shantanu Savita Pandey (OE16S014) – M S (Ongoing)



Candidates applying for Ph D / M S positions must clear the written test on Fluid Mechanics conducted by the Dept of Ocean Engineering – before becoming eligible for interview. Follow   for details.




Basic concepts of fluid flow:- (a) kinematics – methods of describing fluid motion ; classification of flows; streamline, Streak-line and path-lines; stream function and velocity potentials; flow nets; (b) Dynamics – dimensional concepts of system and control volume; application of control Volume to continuity, energy and momentum; Euler’s equation of motion along a stream line; Bernoulli’s equation; applications to velocity and discharge measurements.

Incompressible viscous flow:- Laminar flow between parallel plates, and pipes ; development of laminar and turbulent flows In pipes; Reynold’s experiment; Darcy-Weisbach equation; Moody diagram; Major and minor losses of flow in pipes; pipes in series and in parallel.

Boundary layer:-Definition of boundary layers; displacement, momentum and energy thickness; laminar and Turbulent boundary layers; momentum integral equation; separation of boundary layer; drag and lift; lift characteristics of airfoils; induced drag; polar diagram.

Flow through Pipes:- Definition, laminar and turbulent flow explained through Reynold’s Experiment. Reynolds Number., critical velocity and velocity distribution. Head Losses in pipe lines due to friction, sudden expansion and sudden contraction entrance, exit, obstruction and change of direction. Hydraulic gradient line and total energy line.



Reservoir Engineering & Reservoir Simulation.



Useful Links:



Flow and Transport Equations:


Fluid Flow in Porous Media:…/Fluid%20Flow%20in%20Porous%20Media.pdf


Handbook of Porous Media:


The Finite Volume Method:,%20Malalasekera%20W%20Introduction%20To%20Computational%20Fluid%20Dynamics%20The%20Finite%20Volume%20Method%20(Longman,%201995)(T)(267S).pdf


The Finite Volume Method in CFD:


Finite Volume Methods for Hyperbolic Problems:


Mathematical models of flow in porous media:


Conservation equations for Multi-phase Multi-component flow through porous media:

Modeling of transport phenomena in porous media using network models:


Diffusion equation for fluid flow in porous rocks:    

Multi-phase flow in porous media:


Numerical computation of multi-phase flows in porous media:


Fluid dynamics:


An Introduction to Theoretical Fluid Dynamics:   


Computational Fluid Dynamics – kosalmath:


Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics:


Introductory Finite Difference Methods for PDEs :


Finite-Difference Approximations to the Heat Equation:    


Partial Differential Equations – MathWorks: 


Introductory Finite Difference Methods for PDEs – LEKA:…/introductory-finite-difference-methods-for-pdes.pdf


Numerical Methods for the Solution of Partial Differential Equations:


Study Guide: Intro to Computing with Finite Difference Methods:


Solution of Partial Differential Equations (PDEs):


Finite Difference Methods for the Hyperbolic Wave PDE:


Petroleum Engineering – Reservoir Petrophysics:…/P311_1992C_Wu_Notes.pdf




Fundamentals of Numerical Reservoir Simulation:      


What goes into Reservoir Simulation?       





FORTRAN90 Source Codes:





Useful Youtube Links:


Reservoir Engineering Overview


Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering

Petroleum, generation and migration


Migration from source to reservoir


Describe the concepts of porosity and permeability


Reservoirs, trapping mechanisms, porosity


Hydraulic head gradient and flow


Intro to Darcy’s Law and Rate Equation


Multiphase Flow – Definitions, interfacial tension, capillary behavior


Multiphase Flow – Darcy’s law, relative permeability


Multiphase Flow – Capillary pressure-saturation curves, hysteresis, NAPL distributions


Multiphase Flow – Permeability, perm-p_c relations, Buckley-Leverett


Estimating Oil, Gas and Water Properties. PVT


Material Balance: General Concept


Numerical methods of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations


PDE’s and Numerical Methods for PDE’s


Explicit and Implicit Methods


Crank – Nicholson Scheme For Two Spatial Dimensions


Parabolic PDE: Time-Splitting ADI Method–XqaQ


Stability Analysis of Classical Iterative Solvers


Iterative Solvers: Multigrid Method (Part 1)


Parabolic PDE: Explicit (Forward Euler) Method


Parabolic PDE: Implicit (Backward Euler) and Crank-Nicolson Methods


Finite Difference Approximations to Hyperbolic PDEs


Hyperbolic PDE: Explicit and Implicit Methods


Advanced iterative methods,Strongly Implicit Procedure,Conjugate gradient method


Finite Volume Method: Basic Philosophy and Comparison with FDM


Finite Volume Method: Formulation in 1D and 2D


Numerical Simulation of Fractured Reservoirs


Discrete Reduced Models for Flow in Porous Media


Reservoirs Fracturing techniques


An overview of Pressure Transient Analysis PTA


Pressure Transient Analysis, Reservoir Engineering