Sai S. Sreedharan, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

Decarbonization: Scale up of Multi-Species Cryogenic Carbon Capture to commercial scale

Compressor Aeromechanics: Develop methodology to predict Non-Synchronous Vibrations and Flutter

Gas Bearing Rotordynamics with a focus to improve power train dynamics

Gas Turbine Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer

Product Development

Selected Publications

  • Performance Evaluation of LSB Tip Section using Non-Equilibrium Wet Steam CFD Tool.
    Sai S. Sreedharan, H. Mistry, V. Ostrovskiy & G. Tao
    ASME Turbo Expo 2015, GT2015-44084, 2015

  • CFD Assessment of Rotordynamic Coefficient in Labyrinth Seal.
    Sai S. Sreedharan, V. Giuseppe & H Mistry
    ASME Turbo Expo 2014, GT2014-26999, 2014

  • Effect of Blowing Ratio on Early Stage Deposition of Syngas Ash on a Film-Cooled Vane Leading Edge using Large Eddy Simulations
    Sai S. Sreedharan & D.K. Tafti,
    Journal of Turbomachinery, 135(6), 061005,2013

  • Composition Dependent Model for the Prediction of Syngas Ash Deposition in Turbine Gas Path.
    Sai S. Sreedharan & D.K. Tafti
    Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 32(1), 201-211, 2011

  • Effects of Syngas Ash Particle Size on Deposition and Erosion of a Film Cooled Leading Edge
    A. Rozati, D.K. Tafti & Sai S. Sreedharan
    Journal of Turbomachinery, 133(1), 011010, 2011

  • Two-Stage Direct Expansion Solar-Assisted Heat Pump for High Temperature Applications
    SK Chaturvedi, T. Abdel-Salam, Sai S. Sreedharan & F. Gorozabel
    Applied Thermal Engineering, 29(10), 2009

  • Heat-Mass Transfer and Friction Characteristics of Profiled Pins at Low Reynolds Numbers in Minichannels
    Sai S. Sreedharan, DK Tafti, A. Rozati & N. Blackwell
    Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A: Applications, 54(2), 130-150, 2008

  • Large Eddy Simulations of a Three-row Leading Edge Film Cooling Geometry
    Sai S. Sreedharan & DK Tafti
    Proceedings of ASME IMECE2008, Boston, 2008

  • A Web-Based Virtual Supersonic Nozzle Module as an Interactive Visualization Tool for Teaching Concepts Relating to 1D Gas Dynamics
    S. Chaturvedi, T. Abdel-Salam, Sai S. Sreedharan, H. Khan & A. Chandorkar
    Computer in Education Journal, 16(2), 2006


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, US, 2010 

Professional Profile

  • 2023 - Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

  • 2019 - 2023: Senior Program Manager - Product Line at GE Renewable Energy, India

  • 2017 - 2019: Lead Customer Project Engineer at GE Power, India

  • 2010 - 2017: Research & Lead Engineer at GE Global Research Center , India 


  • GE CEO Award for NPI Product Line Cost Leadership
  • GE Aviation Silver Award for Project Leadership in Aeromechanics - GE9X Program
  • GE Edison Engineering Development Program Award - Turbomachinery Faculty
  • Recognized for expertise, inclusiveness, imagination and courage, General Electric
  • Paul Torgersen Research Award for Phd Thesis, Virginia Tech 

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Cryogenic Carbon Capture Aeromechanics Rotordynamics Gas Turbine Aerodynamics Product Development