Karthik Menon is a postdoctoral scholar in the Cardiovascular Biomechanics Computation Laboratory at Stanford University, advised by Alison Marsden. His current research involves the development of computational methods for accurate patient-specific cardio­vascular blood flow simulations and uncertainty quantification. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2021, where his doctoral work focused on the flow physics of fluid-structure interactions. His broad research interests include fluid mechanics, computational modeling and data-driven methods.

Honors & Awards

  • Mark O. Robbins Prize in High-Performance Computing, Johns Hopkins University (2021)
  • Corrsin-Kovasznay Outstanding Paper Award, Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University (2020)
  • Prosperetti Travel Award, Johns Hopkins University (2017)
  • Departmental Fellowship, Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (2016)
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Indian Academy of Sciences (2014)

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University (2021)
  • Master of Science, Johns Hopkins University (2019)
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (2015)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Significance of the strain-dominated region around a vortex on induced aerodynamic loads JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS Menon, K., Mittal, R. 2021; 918
  • On the initiation and sustenance of flow-induced vibration of cylinders: insights from force partitioning JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS Menon, K., Mittal, R. 2021; 907
  • Quantitative analysis of the kinematics and induced aerodynamic loading of individual vortices in vortex-dominated flows: a computation and data-driven approach JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS Menon, K., Mittal, R. 2021; 443
  • Aeroelastic response of an airfoil to gusts: Prediction and control strategies from computed energy maps JOURNAL OF FLUIDS AND STRUCTURES Menon, K., Mittal, R. 2020; 97
  • Dynamic mode decomposition based analysis of flow over a sinusoidally pitching airfoil JOURNAL OF FLUIDS AND STRUCTURES Menon, K., Mittal, R. 2020; 94
  • Aerodynamic Characteristics of Canonical Airfoils at Low Reynolds Numbers AIAA JOURNAL Menon, K., Mittal, R. 2020; 58 (2): 977-980

    View details for DOI 10.2514/1.J058969

    View details for Web of Science ID 000513533200039

  • Flow physics and dynamics of flow-induced pitch oscillations of an airfoil JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS Menon, K., Mittal, R. 2019; 877: 582-613
  • Phase separation and coexistence of hydrodynamically interacting microswimmers SOFT MATTER Blaschke, J., Maurer, M., Menon, K., Zoettl, A., Stark, H. 2016; 12 (48): 9821-9831


    A striking feature of the collective behavior of spherical microswimmers is that for sufficiently strong self-propulsion they phase-separate into a dense cluster coexisting with a low-density disordered surrounding. Extending our previous work, we use the squirmer as a model swimmer and the particle-based simulation method of multi-particle collision dynamics to explore the influence of hydrodynamics on their phase behavior in a quasi-two-dimensional geometry. The coarsening dynamics towards the phase-separated state is diffusive in an intermediate time regime followed by a final ballistic compactification of the dense cluster. We determine the binodal lines in a phase diagram of Péclet number versus density. Interestingly, the gas binodals are shifted to smaller densities for increasing mean density or dense-cluster size, which we explain using a recently introduced pressure balance [S. C. Takatori, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 2014, 113, 028103] extended by a hydrodynamic contribution. Furthermore, we find that for pushers and pullers the binodal line is shifted to larger Péclet numbers compared to neutral squirmers. Finally, when lowering the Péclet number, the dense phase transforms from a hexagonal "solid" to a disordered "fluid" state.

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c6sm02042a

    View details for Web of Science ID 000394087100021

    View details for PubMedID 27869284

  • Attraction-induced jamming in the flow of foam through a channel SOFT MATTER Menon, K., Govindarajan, R., Tewari, S. 2016; 12 (37): 7772-7781


    We study the flow of a pressure-driven foam through a straight channel using numerical simulations, and examine the effects of a tuneable attractive potential between bubbles. We show that the effect of an attractive potential is to introduce a regime of jamming and stick-slip flow in a channel, and report on the behaviour resulting from varying the strength of the attraction. We find that there is a force threshold below which the flow jams, and upon further increasing the driving force, a crossover from intermittent (stick-slip) to smooth flow is observed. This threshold force below which the foam jams increases linearly with the strength of the attractive potential. By examining the spectra of energy fluctuations, we show that stick-slip flow is characterized by low frequency rearrangements and strongly local behaviour, whereas steady flow shows a broad spectrum of energy drop events and collective behaviour. Our work suggests that the stick-slip and the jamming regimes occur due to the increased stabilization of contact networks by the attractive potential - as the strength of attraction is increased, bubbles are increasingly trapped within networks, and there is a decrease in the number of contact changes.

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c6sm01719c

    View details for Web of Science ID 000384442500008

    View details for PubMedID 27526347