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Ivan C. Christov

Ivan Christov

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: ME 2197

FAX: +1 765 494 0539


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, '11
  • M.S., Northwestern University, '08
  • M.S., Texas A&M University, '07
  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, '05

Research Interests

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
  • Granular flow
  • Complex fluids, including particulate and multiphase flows
  • Microfluidics, including fluid--structure interactions
  • Wave phenomena in continuum mechanics
  • Applied mathematics and scientific computing

Research Area(s)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Richard P. Feynman Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theory and Computing at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2013
  • NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Princeton University, 2011
  • Walter P. Murphy Fellowship at Northwestern University, 2007
  • Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program Fellowship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, 2007
  • Regents Fellowship at Texas A&M University, 2005

Ten Select Publications

Zhong Zheng, Bo Guo, Ivan C. Christov, Michael A. Celia and Howard A. Stone*, "Flow regimes for fluid injection into a confined porous medium," Journal of Fluid Mechanics 767 (2015) 881-909, doi:10.1017/jfm.2015.68.

Ivan C. Christov* and Howard A. Stone, "Shear dispersion in dense granular flows," Granular Matter 16 (2014) 509–515, doi:10.1007/s10035-014-0498-0; e-print arXiv:1402.6765.

Ivan C. Christov, Richard M. Lueptow, Julio M. Ottino and Rob Sturman, "A Study in Three-Dimensional Chaotic Dynamics: Granular Flow and Transport in a Bi-Axial Spherical Tumbler," SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems 13 (2014) 901-943, doi:10.1137/130934076; e-print arXiv:1404.4660.

Ivan C. Christov and P. M. Jordan*, "On an instability exhibited by the ballistic-diffusive heat conduction model of Xu and Hu," Proceedings of the Royal Society A 470 (2014) 20130557, doi:10.1098/rspa.2013.0557.

Zhong Zheng, Ivan C. Christov and Howard A. Stone*, "Influence of heterogeneity on second-kind self-similar solutions for viscous gravity currents," Journal of Fluid Mechanics 747 (2014) 218-246, doi:10.1017/jfm.2014.148.

Ivan C. Christov, "On a difficulty in the formulation of initial and boundary conditions for eigenfunction expansion solutions for the start-up of fluid flow," Mechanics Research Communications 51 (2013) 86-92, doi:10.1016/j.mechrescom.2013.05.005; e-print arXiv:1305.5999.

Ivan C. Christov* and Howard A. Stone, "Resolving a paradox of anomalous scalings in the diffusion of granular materials," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 109 (2012) 16012-16017, doi:10.1073/pnas.1211110109.

Ivan C. Christov, Julio M. Ottino and Richard M. Lueptow*, "From streamline jumping to strange eigenmodes: Bridging the Lagrangian and Eulerian pictures of the kinematics of mixing in granular flows," Physics of Fluids 23 (2011) 103302, doi:10.1063/1.3653280.

Ivan C. Christov, Julio M. Ottino and Richard M. Lueptow*, "Streamline jumping: A mixing mechanism," Physical Review E 81 (2010) 046307, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.81.046307.

Ivan Christov and Bojan Popov*, "New non-oscillatory central schemes on unstructured triangulations for hyperbolic systems of conservation laws," Journal of Computational Physics 227 (2008) 5736-5757, doi:10.1016/