Raj Chhabra | Department of Chemical Engineering


Department of Chemical Engineering
School of Engineering (SoE)
Shiv Nadar University
Profile Summary 

During the past 40 years or so, our research has focussed on the elucidation of the interaction between the nonlinear flow properties of complex fluids and the rate of momentum, energy, and mass transfer from variously shaped bodies. Owing to their highly viscous nature and/or the dual nature (liquid and solid-like behavior), convection is intrinsically much slower in such fluids than that in their Newtonian counterparts like air and water. To enhance convection in complex fluids, mixed flows like pulsations, rotation, and buoyancy effects superimposed on a uniform flow have also been investigated. It is possible to improve the rate of convection by varying amounts under appropriate conditions depending upon fluid properties and the kinematic conditions. In addition to model configurations (like a sphere and a cylinder, for instance), the collection of multiple bluff bodies has also been studied to understand the hydrodynamic interactions between them to mimic flow phenomena in process equipment. 

Similarly, my teaching interests relate to a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the broad areas of Transport Phenomena, Heat Transfer, Introduction to Chemical Engineering, Rheology and fluid mechanics of complex fluids, Multiphase Flows, Research Methods and Skills, etc.

Educational Qualifications 
BE (Chemical Engineering)
University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee)
ME (Chemical Engineering)
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering)
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Work Experience 
Visiting Professor ,
IIT Ropar
IIT Kanpur
Assistant Professor,
IIT Kanpur
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Rheology of complex fluids, Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, Multiphase flows.