Pelekasis, Nikos

Professor, PhD'91 State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Computational Fluid Dynamics

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Thessaly
Leoforos Athinon, Pedion Areos,
38334 Volos, Greece

Tel:+30 24210 74102
Fax: +30 24210 74085

Email: pel (AT)

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Curriculum Vitae

  • Diploma in Chemical Engineering, National technical University of Athens, 1986
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1991
Short CV - Research interests

Nikos Pelekasis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1963. He received his Engineering Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991.  From 1993 until 1994 he was a Research Associate at the Levich Institute for Physicochemical Hydrodynamics of the City College of the City University of New York. From 1997 until 2001 he was a Research Associate and a part time Lecturer at the Chemical Enineering Department of The University of Patras. He has been a Visiting Scientist at the Department of BioEngineering of the Technological University of Compiegne, France, at the Third Physical Institute of The University of Goettingen and at the Dpt. of Biomedical Engineering, the Institute for Materials and Processes of the University of Edinburgh and the Dpt. of Applied Mathematics of the Imperial College London.

Since October 2001 he has been with the University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, where he currently is Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Director of the Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics & Turbomachinery at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has also served as Director of Graduate Studies (2011-2013) and Head of the Department (2013-2015). He teaches courses in the areas of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Computational Fluid Dynamics & Applied Mathematics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a member of the European Society of Fluid Mechanics (EUROMECH), the Greek Association for Computational Mechanics (GRACM), the Hellenic Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, the Hellenic Society for Rheology and the Technical Chamber of Greece.

His research interests include the areas of Theoretical and Computational Fluid Mechanics, Applied Mathematics and Theory of Dynamical Systems, and cover a wide spectrum of applications ranging from the dynamics of interfaces to magnetohydrodynamics and aerodynamics.  In the past he has co-advised three Ph.D Dissertations in the University of Patras and Technical University of Compiegne in the fields of film and capsule dynamics with applications in aerodynamics and biomechanics.

During his tenure at the University of Thessaly he has supervised six PhD Dissertations in the fields of:

(a) Computational/theoretical study of the static and dynamic response of coated microbubbles subject to acoustic disturbances, with application to the development of novel techniques for medical imaging and targeted drug delivery

(b) Dynamic interaction between a liquid film that is flowing on a solid surface due to shear from an external gas boundary layer, with application in the deceleration of premature boundary layer separation of airfoils at conditions of intense rainfall and

(c) Magnetohydrodynamic stability of flows in close conduits and porous media, in the presence of Lorentz, capillary, pressure and adhesion forces,  aiming at optimal heat exhaust and protection of the first wall and divertor regions in fusion reactors

The above research effort has been carried out in the context of competitive Greek and European Research Initiative Programs, that emphasize the fundamental approach for the understanding of physical phenomena and the development of novel technical applications. This continuous effort covers a period of two decades and has generated a large number of publications in well reputed international scientific journals, a series of oral presentations in international scientific conferences and a large number of citations in the scientific literature, h index~13.

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Selected publications
  • M. Vlachomitrou & N. Pelekasis “ Dynamic simulation of a coated microbubble in an unbounded flow: Response to a step change in pressure”, JFM 822, 717-761 (2017). Download
  • N. Pelekasis, L. Benos, Static Arrangement of a Capillary Porous System (CPS): Modelling, Fusion Eng. and design 117, 180-187, 2017. Abstract   Download
  • A. Lytra & N. Pelekasis, “Static response of coated microbubbles: Modeling simulations and parameter estimation” Procedia IUTAM 16 ( 2015 ) 123 – 133. Download
  • D. Dimopoulos & N. Pelekasis “3d Stability analysis of Rayleigh- Bénard Convection of a liquid metal layer in the presence of a magnetic Field – Effect of wall electrical conductivity”, Fluid Dyn. Res. 46 (2014) 055507, (31 pp). Download
  • K. Tsiglifis & N. Pelekasis, “Dynamic simulations of insonated contrast agents”, Physics of Fluids 25, 032109 (2013). Download
  • M. Vlachomitrou & N. Pelekasis “Short to long wave resonance and soliton formation in boundary layer interaction with a liquid film” J. Fluid Mech. 660, 162-196, 2010. Abstract   Download
  • K. Tsiglifis & N. Pelekasis, ‘Radial oscillations of insonated contrast agents – Effect of the membrane constitutive law’ JASA 123(6), p. 4059, 2008. Abstract   Download