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Olivier Desjardins

  • Olivier Desjardins
  • Dept: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Address: 305 Upson Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-4100
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Dr. Desjardins joined the Cornell MAE faculty in July 2011. Prior to that, he was on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from ENSAE (Supaero), Toulouse, France, and in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He graduated from Stanford University in June 2008 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. His doctoral research on numerical methods for accurate simulations of reactive multiphase turbulent flows and on liquid atomization was performed under the guidance of Prof. Heinz Pitsch at the Center for Turbulence Research.

Research Interests

Dr. Desjardins' research focuses on large-scale numerical modeling of turbulent reacting multiphase flows with industrial application. Using world-class parallel computers, his group develops numerical methods and models to investigate the multi-scale and multi-physics fluid mechanics problems that arise in a range of engineering devices, such as combustors or biomass reactors.

High-fidelity computational techniques such as large-eddy simulations and direct numerical simulations are at the heart of Dr. Desjardins' research. By enabling the exploration of complex non-linear flow physics from first principles, these techniques have the potential to guide the development of highly optimized energy and propulsion systems.

Teaching Interests

Fluid dynamics, Turbulence, Multiphase flows, Computational fluid dynamics

Selected Publications

  • Agbaglah, G., J O. McCaslin, Olivier Desjardins. 2016. "Numerical simulation of air-blast atomization of a liquid layer." Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
  • Capecelatro, J., Olivier Desjardins, R O Fox. 2016. "Strongly-coupled gas-particle ows in vertical channels. Part I: Reynolds-averaged two-phase statistics." Physics of Fluids.
  • Capecelatro, J., Olivier Desjardins, R O Fox. 2016. "Strongly-coupled gas-particle ows in vertical channels. Part II: Turbulence modeling." Physics of Fluids.
  • Capecelatro, J., O. Desjardins, R O Fox. 2015. "Effect of Domain Size on Fluid-Particle Statistics in Homogeneous, Gravity-Driven, Cluster-Induced Turbulence." Journal of Fluids Engineering 138 (4): 041301-041301.
  • Capecelatro, J., O Desjardins. 2015. "Mass Loading Effects on Turbulence Modulation by Particle Clustering in Dilute and Moderately Dilute Channel Flows." Journal of Fluids Engineering 137 (11): 111102-111102.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • CAREER Award (National Science Foundation) 2014
  • Distinguished Paper Award (33rd International Symposium on Combustion) 2010
  • Outstanding Graduate Education Award (Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder.) 2008



  • M. Sc. (Aeronautics & Astronautics), SUPAERO, 2003
  • M. Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), Stanford University, 2003
  • Ph D (Mechanical Engineering), Stanford University, 2008