Personal Information
Full Name: Prof. Pradeep A. M.
Room No: 208-D, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Phone: 25767125
Email: ampradeep[at]

Specialization: Propulsion

Awards & Fellowships

    Gold medal for the best paper in Aerospace Engineering Division during 2003-2004, by the Institution of Engineers (India)
    SAFRAN-French Embassy second prize for the best Ph.D. thesis in Aerospace Engineering published during 2002-2007

    2021 Donald Julius Groen Prize from Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE, UK) for the paper: Manas, MP and Pradeep A M, "Stall Inception Mechanisms in a Contra-rotating Fan Operating at Different Speed Combinations", Proc. of IMechE, Part A, Journal of Power and Energy, V234, pp1041-1052. 

    Departmental award for excellence in teaching, 2019 & Hotchand & Jamunabhai Lala teaching award, 2019






Select recent journal publications:

  1. Amit Kumar, Thomas, J J, Hitesh C, Akshay Kumar and Pradeep, A M, 2022, "Aerodynamics of Sweep in a Tandem-Bladed Subsonic Axial Compressor Rotor", accepted for publication, Transactions ASME, Journal of Fluids Engineering.
  2. Sushanlal, B, Probuddho, C and Pradeep, A M, 2022, "Transient Nature of Secondary Vortices in an Axial Compressor Stage with a Tandem Rotor", in-press, Physics of Fluids.
  3. Amit Kumar and Pradeep, A M, 2022, "Spike Type of Stall Inception in a Tandem Rotor", in-press, Proc. IMech E, Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science.
  4. Akshay Kumar, Manas,MP and Pradeep, A M, 2022, "Identification and Classification of Operating Flow Regimes and Prediction of Stall in a Contra-Rotating Axial Flow Fan using Machine Learning", accepted for publication, The Aeronautical Journal.
  5. Amit Kumar and Pradeep, A M, 2022, "Response of a Tandem Staged Compressor to Circumferential Inflow Distortion", Transactions ASME, Journal fo Fluids Engineering, V 144: 091202 (12 pages)
  6. Amit Kumar, Hitesh C, Shubhali, M and Pradeep, A M, 2022, "Effect of Differential Tip Clearance on the Performance of a Tandem Rotor", Transactions ASME, Journal of Turbomachinery, V 144: 081007 (10 pages)
  7. Ashima, Goswami, S, and Pradeep, A M, 2022, "Performance Deterioration of Axial Compressor Rotor due to Uniform and Non-uniform Surface Roughness", accepted for publication, Proc. IMech E, Part G, Journal of Aerospace Engineering.
  8. Manas, MP, Thomas, J J, and Pradeep, A M, 2022, "Flow Dynamics of a Contra-rotating Axial Fan under Windmilling and Locked Conditions", AIAA Journal, V 60, pp. 2458-2468.
  9. Amit Kumar and Pradeep, A M, 2022, "Effect of radial inflow distortion on the performance of a highly loaded tandem stage", Proc. IMechE: Part A, Journal of Power and Energy, 236 (1), pp 3-20.
  10. Amit Kumar and Pradeep A M, 2021,"Experimental investigation of tandem rotor under clean and radially distorted inflows", Journal of Propulsion and Power Research, V 10 (3), pp. 247-261.
  11. Amit Kumar and Pradeep A M, 2021, "Design Methodology of a Highly Loaded Tandem Rotor and its Performance Under Clean and Distorted Inflows", Proc. IMech E, Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, V 235 (23), pp. 6798-6821.
  12. Manas, M P and Pradeep, A M, 2021, "Influence of Distorted Inflows on the Performance of a Contra-rotating Fan", The Aeronautical Journal, V 125(1286), pp. 702-719.
  13. Manas, M P, Arghya, K and Pradeep, A.M., 2021, "Windmilling Characteristics of a Contra-rotating Axial Fan",  Trans. ASME, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 143(8): 081004 (8 pages).
  14. Manas, M P and Pradeep, A M, 2020, "Stall Inception in a Contra-rotating Fan under Radially Distorted Inflows, Aerospace Science and Technology, V 105, (105909), 9 pages.
  15. Vishwas Verma, Gursharanjit Singh and Pradeep, A.M., 2020, "The Effect of Inlet Distortion on Low Bypass Ratio Turbofan Engines", Proc. of IMechE, Part G, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, V 234, pp. 1395-1413.
R&D Areas/Projects: 

    My broad area of specialization is aerospace propulsion. I have research interests in the following areas:
    1. Active and passive flow control 
    2. Flow characteristics of internal flows and turbomachinery
    3. Design and performance enhancement strategies in turbomachinery
    4. Experimental aerodynamics 
    5. Experimental methods and flow visualization 

    I have been involved in setting up the Turbomachinery Research Laboratory at the Department of Aerospace Engineering. A detailed presentation of the test facilities can be found here. Some of the test facilities at the Turbomachinery Research laboratory include:

    Low speed, low turbulence wind tunnel, Low speed, 1.5 stage axial flow compressor test facility, annular/conical diffuser test facility, low speed compressor/turbine cascade wind tunnel and contra-rotating axial flow compressor test facility. Photographs of these test facilities can be found here
    Current research areas:
    1. Flow physics of tip leakage flows, blade tip de-sensitization
    2. Non-axisymmetric endwall contouring, with and without endwall motion
    3. Contra-rotating axial flow fan aerodynamics, inflow distortion, stall inception and control
    4. Exaust turbine diffuser flow aerodynamics, effect of inflow conditions and flow control
    5. Active and passtive flow control in serpentine intakes 

    Some of my earlier (Ph.D days) research details can be found here
    Publications borne out of these studies can be found here.

Courses Taught: 

AE 309 / AE 234 / AE 329 Aircraft Propulsion: Summer 2005, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2007, Spring 2014-2018
AE 152 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering: Spring 2019-2022
AE 214 Thermodynamics: Spring 2008, 2009, 2010
AE 408 / 708 Aerospace Propulsion: Sping 2011, 2012, 2013
AE 711 Aircraft Propulsion: Autumn 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018
AE 782 Flow Control: Spring 2005, 2006, 2007, Autumn 2010
AE 651 Aerodynamics of Compressors and Turbines: Autumn 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015-2022

Shared Propulsion Laboratory (AE 316 and AE 607) with other colleagues from the Propulsion group every semester since 2005.