Karan S. Surana

School of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
Learned Hall, 3122
University of Kansas
1530 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


Research Specialities

Computational Fluid Dynamics Solid Mechanics, Composite Mechanics & Viscoelastic Solids Mathematics of Computations and Finite Element Methods


  • Frank Walk Award
  • Samuel L. Collier Award
  • 75th Anniversary ASME International Petroleum Division Medal
  • ASME Fellow

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • American Academy of Mechanics
  • United States Association of Computational Mechanics


  • 1966B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India, 1965
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering (math minor), University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1966
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (math minor), University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1970



Computational mathematics and computational mechanics: Mathematics of computations, methods of approximations with emphasis on finite element processes, error estimation, convergence rates and adaptivity. Development of concepts, methodologies, techniques, formulations, algorithms, software systems, and computational methods in different areas of continuum mechanics involving solids, fluids and gases.

Computational solid mechanics, fluid dynamics and gas dynamics: Incompressible Newtonian and generalized Newtonian fluid flows, high speed compressible flows including high pressure, high temperature gas dynamics with real gas models and variable transport properties, flows of polymeric viscoelastic fluids using various constitutive models. Solid mechanics, structural mechanics, composite mechanics and viscoelastic solid mechanics. Delamination, free edge effects, intermedia behavior, damping assessment and damage mechanics in composites. Impact and wave propagation

Continuum mechanics: Mathematical models for multi-physics inter-action processes such as fluid-solid, mixture theories, shape memory materials. Development of constitutive theories

Research Interests

  • Computational mathematics
  • Computational mechanics
  • Mathematics of computations
  • Methods of approximations
  • Finite element processes
  • Error estimation
  • Convergence rates
  • Adaptivity
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Solid mechanics, fluid dynamics
  • Gas dynamics
  • Multi-physics inter-action
  • Constitutive theories

Selected Publications

Reddy, J. N., and K. S. Surana. “K-Version of FEM and Unconditionally Stable Computational Processes.” Periodicals (newsletter, magazine, etc.). IACM Expressions, 2016.
Surana, K. S. Advanced Mechanics of Continua. Books. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.
Surana, K. S., K. P.J Reddy, A. D. Joy, and J. N. Reddy. “Riemann Shock Tube: 1D Normal Shocks in Air, Simulation and Experiments.” Journal Articles. International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics 28, no. 6–10 (2014): 251–71.

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