Ali's research is broadly defined by multiphysics problems in fluids and transport engineering, commonly involving phenomena such as: interfaces, shocks, electrohydrodynamics, turbulence, and micro/nano-scale engineering. His work contributes to the understanding of these problems primarily through theoretical tools such as large-scale computation and techniques of applied mathematics. Numerical simulations enable quantitative visualization of the detailed physical processes which can be difficult to detect experimentally. They also provide insight for the development of reduced-order models. The ultimate goal in each problem is to provide a simple representation of the essential physics (ideally ODE-level) which would naturally induce insight into design, optimization and control. While these efforts at core rely on mathematical techniques such as asymptotic methods or statistical analysis, close interaction with experiments is crucial in identification of practical bottlenecks and validation of the theoretical assumptions.
Ali Mani is an Assistant Professor at the Flow Physics and Computational Engineering and the Mechanics and Computation groups in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2002, and his Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 2004, followed by his Ph.D in 2009. He worked as an engineering research associate at Stanford and a senior postdoctoral associate at MIT's department of chemical engineering before joining Stanford as a faculty.
Recent Journal Publications
- Effects of Preferential Concentration on Heat Transfer in Particle-Based Solar Receivers. H. Pouransari and A. Mani. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 139(2):021008, 2017. (URL) (BIB)
- Accurate calculation of Stokes drag for point--particle tracking in two-way coupled flows. J.A.K. Horwitz and A. Mani. Journal of Computational Physics, 318:85-109, 2016. (URL) (BIB)
- Convergence of the Bouguer--Beer law for radiation extinction in particulate media. A. Frankel, G. Iaccarino and A. Mani. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 182:45-54, 2016. (URL) (BIB)
- Settling of heated particles in homogeneous turbulence. A. Frankel, H. Pouransari, F. Coletti and A. Mani. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 792:869-893, 2016. (URL) (BIB)
- Analysis of the clustering of inertial particles in turbulent flows. M. Esmaily-Moghadam and A. Mani. Physical Review Fluids, 1(8):084202, 2016. (URL) (BIB)
- Statistical analysis of electroconvection near an ion-selective membrane in the highly chaotic regime. C. Druzgalski and A. Mani. Physical Review Fluids, 1(7):073601, 2016. (URL) (BIB)
- On the Dynamical Regimes of Pattern-Accelerated Electroconvection. S.M. Davidson, M. Wessling and A. Mani. Scientific reports, 6, 2016. (URL) (BIB)
- Direct numerical simulation of a turbulent hydraulic jump: turbulence statistics and air entrainment. M. Mortazavi, V. Le Chenadec, P. Moin and A. Mani. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 797:60-94, 2016. (URL) (BIB)
- Confinement effects on electroconvective instability. M.B. Andersen, K.M. Wang, J. Schiffbauer and A. Mani. Electrophoresis, 2016. (URL) (BIB)
- Coupling between Buoyancy Forces and Electroconvective Instability near Ion-Selective Surfaces. E. Karatay, M.B. Andersen, M. Wessling and A. Mani. Physical review letters, 116(19):194501, 2016. (URL) (BIB)
Current Ph.D. Students