Personal Information
Full Name: Prof. Shripad Mahulikar
Room No: 206-B 1st Floor, Aerospace Dept. Main
Phone: 25767122
Email: spm[at]

Specialization: Propulsion


    • Professor HAG (Higher Academic Grade)
    • Ikerbasque Chair Prof. (sel.) Basque Found. for Sci. & Distinguished Prof. (sel.) Faculty of Eng. of Bilbao UPV/EHU
    • In: World's Top 2% Scientists: since 2019 onward in all consecutive yrs. (Stanford Univ. List: Elsevier Research Intelligence & SciTech Strategies)
    • A. von Humboldt Fellow, F.R. Germany
    • Excellence in Aerospace Awardee (Nov'2022: Aeronautical Soc. India)
    • Alumnus (B.Tech.) of Dept. of Aerospace Eng. IIT Bombay
    • Competent Toastmaster (Toastmasters’ International Inc. USA) in, Communication & Leadership

Awards & Fellowships

    • IIT-Bombay Alumni Association's (IITBAA) - Code of Honor "Beacon of Light (Aerospace Eng.)"
    • DFG-Mercator Chair Professor (visiting), F.R. Germany
    • Fellow - Foreign Experts' Program for Scientific Research, P.R. China
    • Winner - New Code of Education 2022 Award [Impact study – lnfra-Red Cross-Section (IRCS) of Aircraft (Stealth Technology)], c/o Wheebox (Talent Assessment)
    • Winner - Academic Excellence (Faculty @ National level) IEI - FCRIT Award 2021
    • Member, Aeronautics R&D Board (Propulsion Panel), Min. Defence, Govt. of India (since, Mar'2021)
    • Invited as Official Consultant (from IIT-Bombay) by - Turkish Aerospace Ind. (TAI) Ankara; Agency for Defense Development (ADD) Daejeon S. Korea; etc. on, "Infrared Sign. of Aircraft / Helicopters (Stealth Technology)"
    • Outstanding Reviewer Award - ASME Journal of Heat Transfer

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Signature Research Papers:

  • Mahulikar S.P., Pallavi R., Bhatt A., Valodi S.P. 2022 (Jun) Aircraft visibility in view from below in long wave infrared band using infrared cross-section, Applied Optics, 61(16), 4784-4795.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Pallavi R., Bhatt A. 2022 (Jan-Feb) Aircraft signature studies using infrared cross-section and infrared solid angle, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, 59(1), 126-136. 
  • Mahulikar S.P., Sengupta, T.K., Sharma N., Pallavi R. 2019 (Oct) Thermodynamic merger of fluctuation theorem and principle of least action: Case of Rayleigh-Taylor instability, Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics, 44(4), 363-371.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Pallavi R. 2016 (Oct) Study of black-hole as dissipative structure using negentropy, Canadian Journal of Physics, 94(10) 960-966.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Kumar P. 2014 (Sep) Scale-invariant entropy-based theory for dynamic ordering, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 24(3) art. no. 033120, 6-pgs.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Herwig H. 2013 (Jan) Thermodynamic analysis of a Schwarzschild black-hole fed by cosmic microwave background radiation, European Physical Journal C: Particles & Fields, 73(1) art. no. 2292, 6-pgs.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Herwig H. 2012 (Oct) Exact solution for energy analysis of Schwarzschild black-hole fed by CMBR, Astrophysics & Space Science, 341(2) 417-420.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Gulhane N.P., Pradhan S.D., Hrisheekesh K., Prabhu S.V. 2012 (Jul-Sep) Pressure drop characteristics in continuum-based laminar compressible micro-convective flow, Nanoscale & Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, 16(3) 181-197. 
  • Mahulikar S.P., Vijay S., Potnuru S.K., Reddam D.N.S. 2012 (Jul) Aircraft engine`s lock-on envelope due to internal and external sources of infrared signature, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace & Electronic Systems, 48(3) 1914-1923. 
  • Mahulikar S.P., Herwig H., Zhou J.W., Sodhani Y.M. 2011 (Jan), Surface radiative transfer in gas-to-gas co-current micro heat exchanger, AIChE Journal, 57(1) pp. 40-50. 
  • Mahulikar S.P., Kumar R., Tripathi M.S., Pasari L.K. 2010 (Dec) A modified dimensionless number and geometric symmetry in annulus convection with viscous dissipation, International Journal of Heat & Mass Transfer, 53(25-26) 5976-5983. 
  • Mahulikar S.P., Herwig H. 2009 (Aug) Exact thermodynamic principles for dynamic order existence and evolution in chaos, Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, 41(4) 1939-1948. 
  • Mahulikar S.P., Potnuru S.K., Rao G.A. 2009 (Apr) Study of sunshine, skyshine, and earthshine for aircraft infrared detection, Journal of Optics A: Pure & Applied Optics, 11(4) art. no.045703, 10-pgs. 
  • Mahulikar S.P., Khurana S., Dungarwal R., Shevakari S.G., Subramanian J., Gujarathi A.V. 2008 (Oct-Dec) Transient aero-thermal mapping of passive thermal protection system for nose-cap of reusable hypersonic vehicle, Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, 56(4) 593-619. 
  • Mahulikar S.P., Prasad H.S.S., Potnuru S.K. 2008 (May-Jun) Infrared signature suppression of helicopter engine duct based on 'conceal and camouflage', AIAA Journal of Propulsion & Power, 24(3), 613-618. 
  • Mahulikar S.P., Sonawane H.R., & Rao G.A. 2007 (Oct-Nov) Infrared signature studies of aerospace vehicles, Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 43(7-8) 218-245
  • Mahulikar S.P., Herwig H. 2006 (Sep) Physical effects in pure continuum-based laminar micro-convection due to variation of gas properties, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 39(18) 4116-4123.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Herwig H. 2006 (Jul) Physical effects in laminar micro-convection due to variations in incompressible fluid properties, Physics of Fluids, 18(7) 073601, 12-pgs.
  • Mahulikar S.P. 2005 (Nov) Theoretical aerothermal concepts for configuration design of hypersonic vehicles, Aerospace Science & Technology, 9(8) 681-685
  • Mahulikar S.P., Sane S.K. 2005 (Sep) Theoretical analysis of experimentally observed perplexing calibration characteristics of ball-in-vortex flow-meter, ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, 127(5) 1021-1028.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Rao G.A., Sane S.K., Marathe A.G. 2005 (Jul-Sep) Aircraft plume infrared signature in non-afterburning mode, AIAA Journal of Thermophysics & Heat Transfer, 19(3) 413-415.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Herwig H. 2005 (Jan) Theoretical investigation of scaling effects from macro-to-microscale convection due to variations in incompressible fluid properties, Applied Physics Letters, 86(1) 014105, 3-pgs.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Herwig H., Hausner O., Kock F. 2004 (Dec) Laminar gas micro-flow convection characteristics due to steep density gradients, Europhysics Letters, 68(6) 811-817.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Herwig H. 2004 (Oct) Conceptual investigation of the entropy principle for identification of directives for creation, existence and total destruction of order, Physica Scripta, 70(4) 212-221.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Tso C.P. 2002 (Mar) A new classification for thermal-development of fluid flow in a circular tube under laminar forced convection, Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) Series A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, 458(2019) 669-682.
  • Mahulikar S.P., Sane S.K., Gaitonde U.N., Marathe A.G. 2001 (Apr) Numerical studies of infrared signature levels of complete aircraft, Aeronautical Journal, 105(1046) 185-192.

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R&D Areas/Projects: 

    Aerothermal Studies - Hypersonic Vehicle, Aerothermodynamics, Aircraft Stealth Technology, Heat Transfer, Infrared Signatures of Aircraft / Helicopters, Jet Propulsion, Microchannel Cooling of Gas Turbine Blades, Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics

PhD TA Topics: 

    Ref. titles of articles at URL for topics: < > .  Some highlights on PhD-guidance:

    i) Guided a record "youngest" PhD in IIT-system - graduated in Jul'2016 at "young" age = 64 yrs. completed PhD-research ~ 5 yrs. 

    ii) Guided a record fast PhD in Dept. of Aerospace Eng. IIT-Bombay - graduated in Feb'2019 in ~ 3 yrs. (from date of joining PhD to defense) & also recd. IIT-Bombay's Excellence in PhD-research award. 

    iii) Success rate of PhD-scholars guided = 100% (no drop-out / termination case, so far).

Courses Taught: 

Highlight: AE-665 Aircraft Stealth Technology - only full semester course in India on this topic;

Other courses taught: Aircraft, Rocket & Space Propulsion; Engineering Thermodynamics; Heat Transfer - Aerospace Applications; Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics; Spaceflight Mechanics