Contact Dr Mani Santhanakrishnan

Areas of expertise

  • Aircraft Design
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Gas Turbines & Propulsion


Mani Santhanakrishnan received a B.Tech. degree in Aeronautical Engineering followed by a M.Eng. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2006. Subsequently he worked on the aerodynamic design of defense aircrafts at DRDL, India. Later, he worked on the aero-thermal design and analysis of steam turbines and wind turbines at General Electric India. In GE, he is awarded with two patents and a green-belt certificate on six-sigma design methodology. He also worked as a Lead engineer at Airbus India Operations, where he is involved with the airplane characteristics data generation and its mathematical modelling. In 2018, he completed his Ph.D. in the University of Greenwich on topology optimization applied to the design of heat sinks and heat exchangers. Subsequently, he joined the Cranfield University as a Research Fellow on Aircraft-engine integration and aero-performance. His research focus is on applied computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamic design, turbomachinery flows and optimization techniques. He is a chartered engineer, and a Member of Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Current activities

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Aero-engine installation design

Intake Aerodynamics

Engine Airframe integration

Optimisation techniques


Rolls-Royce plc


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