Krishna Pillai

Krishna Pillai

  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1997
  • M Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1991
  • B Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1988

Research Interests

  • Flow and transport in porous media (Modeling liquid motion through fiber bed during processing of polymer- and metal-matrix composites)
  • Wicking of liquids in rigid as well as swelling porous substrates
  • Evaporation of multicomponent liquids
  • Computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Rheology of polymers

Recent Publications

1(a). Books and Monographs

  • “Wicking in Porous Materials: Traditional and Modern Modeling Approaches,” edited by Reza Masoodi[1] and Krishna.M. Pillai, CRC Press, ISBN 978-1-43-987432-5, Oct 2012.

1(b). Book Chapters

  • “Green composites made from cellulose nanofibers and bio-based epoxy: processing, performance and applications,” Bamdad Barari and Krishna M. Pillai, in Natural Fibre-reinforced Biodegradable and Bioresorbable Polymer Composites, edited by Alan Lau, ElsevierISBN: 9780081006566, expected date: Sep 2017.
  • “Characterization and Processing of Nanocellulose Thermosetting Composites,” Ronald C. Sabo, Rani F. El-Hajjar, Craig M. Clemons, Krishna M. Pillai, in Handbook of Polymer Nanocomposites. ProcessingPerformance and Application: Volume C: Polymer Nanocomposites of Cellulose Nanoparticles,  edited by Jitendra K. Pandey, Hitoshi Takagi, Antonio N. Nakagaito and Hyun-Joong Kim, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 9783642452321, 2014.
  • “Advanced Processing Techniques for Composite Materials for Structural Applications,” Rani El-Hajjar, Hua Tan and K.M. Pillai, in Developments in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for civil engineering, edited by N. Uddin, Woodhead Publishing limited, ISBN 978-0-85709-234-2, 2013.

1(c). Journal Papers

  • “Spontaneous Imbibition of Liquid in Glass fiber Wicks, Part II: Validation of a Diffuse-front Models,” M.A.F. Zarandi and K.M. Pillai,AIChE Journal, accepted for publication.
  • “Pressure Infiltration Process to Synthesize Metal Matrix Composites- A Review of Metal Matrix Composites, the Technology and Process Simulation,” R. Etemadi, B. Wang, K.M. Pillai, B. Niroumand, E. Omrani and P. Rohatgi, Materials and Manufacturing Processes, accepted for publication.
  • “Modeling drying in thin porous media after coupling pore-level drying dynamics with external flow field,” Z. Xu and K.M. Pillai, Drying Technology, v 35, n 7, pp 785-801, 2017.
  • “Analyzing slow drying in a porous medium placed adjacent to laminar air flow using a pore-network model,” Z. Xu and K.M. Pillai, Numerical Heat Transfer; Part A: Applications, v 70, n 11, pp 1213-1231, 2016.

1(d). Peer-Reviewed Papers in Conference Proceedings

  • “Mechanical Testing of Scalable Cellulose Nano-fiber based Composites made using LCM Process,” B. Barari, T. K. Ellingham, I. I. Qamhia, K. M. Pillai, R. El-Hajjar, Lih-Sheng Turng, R. Sabo, Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Composites Materials (19th ICCM), Montreal, Canada, July 28- Aug 2, 2013.
  • “An experimental estimation of Liquid Absorption Coefficient for Cellulose Nano-Fiber Films,” A. Javadi, K.M. Pillai and R. Sabo, Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials (FPCM11), Auckland, New Zealand, July 9-12, 2012.
  • “Investigation of Resin Flow in Woven (Dual-Scale) Jute Fabrics through the Two-Color Experiment,” R. Masoodi, A. Javadi and K.M. Pillai, Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials (FPCM11), Auckland, New Zealand, July 9-12, 2012.

To learn more about Krishna Pillai, visit his website.