Oleg Zikanov, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Oleg Zikanov
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2005 Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128

Teaching Areas:

Energy Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Research Areas:

Heat Mass Transfer in Energy Technology

Biography and Education

Areas of Research Interests

  • Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer

  • Magnetohydrodynamics

  • Liquid metal technologies in energy applications

  • Thermal convection

  • Hydrodynamic instabilities and transition to turbulence


Ph.D., Fluid Dynamics and Plasma Physics, Moscow State University and Institute for Problems in Mechanics RAS

M.S., Mechanics, Moscow State University

Selected Publications

(Ten most cited publications)

  1. Zikanov, O. "Essential Computational Fluid Dynamics," Wiley Higher Education, March 2010.
  2. Zikanov, O., Thess, A. "Direct numerical simulation of forced MHD turbulence at low magnetic Reynolds number," J. Fluid Mech., 358, 299-333, 1998.
  3. Krasnov, D., Zienicke, E., Zikanov, O., Thess, A., Boeck, T. "Numerical study of instability and transition to turbulence in the Hartmann flow," J. Fluid Mech., 504, 183-211, 2004.
  4. Thess, A., Votyakov, E., Knaepen, B., Zikanov, O. "The theory of the Lorentz force flowmeter," New J. Phys., 9(8) 299, 2007.
  5. Zikanov, O. "On the instability of pipe Poiseuille flow," Phys. Fluids, 8, 2923-2932, 1996.
  6. Vorobev, A., Zikanov, O., Davidson, P., Knaepen, B. "Anisotropy of MHD turbulence of low magnetic Reynolds number," Phys. Fluids, 17, N12, 125105, 2005.
  7. Zikanov, O., Slinn, D. N., Dhanak, M., "Large-eddy simulations of the wind-induced turbulent Ekman layer," J. Fluid Mech., 495, 343-368, 2003.
  8. Zikanov, O., Thess, A., Davidson, P., Ziegler, D. "A new approach to numerical simulation of melt flows and interface instability in Hall-Heroult cells," Met. Mat. Trans. B, 31(6) 1541-1550, 2000.
  9. Krasnov, D., Zikanov, O., Boeck, T., "Numerical study of magnetohydrodynamic duct flow at high Reynolds and Hartmann numbers," J. Fluid Mech. 704, 421-446, 2012.
  10. Thess, A., Zikanov, O. "Transition from Two-Dimensional to Three-Dimensional MHD Turbulence," J. Fluid Mech. 579, 383-412, 2007.