Dr. R. Sivakumar

Department of Physics
Date Of Joining: 
DegreeSpecializationUniversity / InstitutionYear of Completion
1Ph.D. PhysicsI.I.T Madras2001
2M.Sc.Ed PhysicsUniversity of Mysore1994
3B.Sc. Applied SciencesUniversity of Madras1991
Total Experience: 
10 Years
Area of Specialization/Interest: 

a) Hydrogen Storage Materials (Green Energy Research, Experimental).
b) Computational Magneto Fluid Dynamics.
c) High Order Numerical Schemes.

Publications (in last 3 years): 
  • T. V. S. Sekhar, R. Sivakumar, K. Subbarayudu, and Y. V. S. S. Sanyasiraju. Non-monotonic behavior of forced convective heat transfer under the influence of external magnetic field. Numerical Heat Transfer:  Part – A (2011) [in Press].
  • T. V. S. Sekhar, R. Sivakumar and T. V. R. Ravikumar. Effect of magnetic Reynolds number on the two-dimensional   hydromagnetic flow around a cylinder. Int. J. Numerical Methods in Fluids 59 (2009) 1351-1368.
  • T. V. S. Sekhar, R. Sivakumar, T. V. R Ravi Kumar,  K. Subbarayudu. High Reynolds number incompressible MHD     flow under low Rm approximation.  Int. J. Nonlinear Mechanics. 43 (2008) 231-240.
Seminars/Conferences/Workshops Conducted(Last 3 Years): 
Position held
March 19-20,2008
NationalConference on
Physics of Materials
Pondicherry University
One of the Organizing
Committee Members
Seminars/Conferences/Workshops Participated(Last 3 Years): 
  • Presented a paper entitled “Forced convective heat transfer from a circular cylinder under the influence of external magnetic field” in the International Conference on Theoretical, Applied, Computational and Experimental Mechanics held at I. I. T Kharagpur during December 27-29, 2010.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Steady Laminar Forced Convection From A Circular Cylinder Using Higher Order Compact Scheme” in the 37th national and 4th International Conference on “Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Power” held at IIT Madras during December 16-18, 2010.  Presented a paper entitled “On the effective control of flow separation around a sphere at low magnetic Reynolds number” in the 37th national and 4th International Conference on “Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Power” held at IIT Madras during December 16-18, 2010.
  • Attended one week “Quality Improvement Program” on “Advanced Computing in Engineering & Sciences”, in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at I I T Kanpur during October 05–09, 2010.
  • Attended an International Conference on “PDE and Related Topics” held in Tata Institute of Fundamental Research at Bangalore during August 13 – 17, 2010.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Full MHD solutions for a 2D axis-symmetric flow at moderate values of Stuart numbers.” at the International Conference on Advances in Mechanical and Building Sciences, VIT during December 13–16, 2009.
  • Presented a paper entitled “A mathematical model for the flow control at low values of magnetic Prandtl numbers.” at the Platinum Jubilee 75th Annual Conference of the Indian Mathematical Society, held at Kalasalingam University, Tamil Nadu during December 26–30, 2009.
  • One of the organizing members of “National Conference on Physics of Materials”, held at Pondicherry University during March 19 – 20, 2008.
Projects Undertaken: 
Title of the Project
Sponsoring Authority
Total funds
Development of higher order accurate solvers to solve nonlinear Navier-Stokes equations.
UGC (Major)
[2010 – 2012]
Rs. 8.83 lakhs
Statistical modeling of hydrogen storage materials.
UGC (Minor)
[2008 – 2009]
Rs. 0.98 lakhs
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