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Amneet Bhalla

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Amneet Pal Singh Bhalla
Phone: 510-486-7473
Applied Numerical Algorithms Group

Amneet works on higher order finite volume discretization methods in the Applied Numerical Algorithms Group. His applications include fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problems using embedded boundaries for additive manufacturing. A major part of his research involves extending the embedded boundary Chombo (EB-Chombo) framework library for novel applications related to FSI problems. Prior to Berkeley Lab, Amneet was a postdoctoral fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill in Mathematics department. He also an industrial experience at ExxonMobil as a computational research engineer.  Amneet got his Ph.D in mechanical engineering from Northwestern university in 2013. He went to Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur (2004-2009) for his bachelors and masters in Mechanical engineering .  

Submitted for publication

  1. N.K. Patel, A.P.S. Bhalla, and N.A. Patankar. A new constraint-based formulation for fully-resolved computational neuromechanics of swimming animals. Submitted. 
  2. A. P. S. Bhalla, M. G. Knepley, M. F. Adams, R. D. Guy, and B. E. Griffith. Scalable smoothing strategies for a geometric multigrid method for the immersed boundary equations. Submitted (arXiv

Journal Articles

Shannon K. Jones, Amneet Pal Singh Bhalla, Georgios Katsikis, Boyce E. Griffith, Daphne Klotsa, "Transition in motility mechanism due to inertia in a model self-propelled two-sphere swimmer", January 11, 2018,

Nishant Nangia, Hans Johansen, Neelesh A. Patankar, Amneet Pal Singh Bhalla, "A moving control volume approach to computing hydrodynamic forces and torques on immersed bodies", Journal of Computational Physics, June 29, 2017, doi: 10.1016/

B. Sprinkle, R. Bale, A.P.S. Bhalla, M.A. MacIver, N.A. Patankar, "Hydrodynamic optimality of balistiform and gymnotiform locomotion", European Journal of Computational Mechanics, February 27, 2017, doi: 10.1080/17797179.2017.1305160

F. Balboa Usabiaga, B. Kallemov, B. Delmotte, A.P.S Bhalla, B. E. Griffith, A. Donev, "Hydrodynamics of suspensions of passive and active rigid particles: A rigid multiblob approach", Communications in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, 2017, 11(2):217-296, doi: 10.2140/camcos.2016.11.217

B. Kallemov, A.P.S. Bhalla, B.E. Griffith, A. Donev, "An immersed boundary method for rigid bodies", Communications in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, 2016, 11(1):79-141, doi: 10.2140/camcos.2016.11.79


W. Kou, A.P.S Bhalla, B. E. Griffith, J. E. Pandolfino, P. J. Kahrilas, N. A. Patankar, "A fully resolved active musculo-mechanical model for esophageal transport", Journal of Computational Physics, 2015, 298:446–465, doi: 10.1016/

R.Bale, I. D. Neveln, A.P.S. Bhalla, M.A. MacIver, and N.A. Patankar, "Convergent evolution of mechanically optimal locomotion in aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates", PLoS Biology, 2015, 13(4):e1:22 pages, doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002123

R. Bale, A. A. Shirgaonkar, I. D. Neveln, A.P.S. Bhalla, M.A. MacIver, N. A. Patankar, "Separability of drag and thrust in undulatory animals and machines", Nature Scientific Reports, November 4, 2014, 4:7329:11 pages, doi: 10.1038/srep07329

R. Bale, M. Hao, A.P.S. Bhalla, N.K. Patel, N.A. Patankar, "On Gray’s Paradox: A fluid mechanical perspective", Nature Scientific Reports, July 16, 2014, 4:5904:5 pages, doi: 10.1038/srep05904

R. Bale, M. Hao, A.P.S. Bhalla, N.A. Patankar, "Energy efficiency and allometry of movement of swimming and flying animals", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, April 8, 2014, 111 (21):7517-7521, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1310544111

A.P.S. Bhalla, R. Bale, B. E. Griffith, N. A. Patankar, "Fully resolved immersed electrohydrodynamics for particle motion, electrolocation, and self-propulsion", Journal of Computational Physics, January 1, 2014, 256:88-108, doi: 10.1016/

A.P.S. Bhalla, B.E. Griffith, N.A. Patankar, A. Donev, "A minimally-resolved immersed boundary model for reaction-diffusion problems", Journal of Chemical Physics, December 1, 2013, 139(21):15 pages, doi: 10.1063/1.4834638

A.P.S. Bhalla, R. Bale, B.E. Griffith, N.A. Patankar, "A unified mathematical framework and an adaptive numerical method for fluid-structure interaction with rigid, deforming, and elastic bodies", Journal of Computational Physics, October 1, 2013, 250:446-476, doi: 10.1016/

I.D. Neveln, R. Bale, A.P.S. Bhalla, O.M. Curet, N.A. Patankar, M.A. MacIver, "Undulating fins produce off-axis thrust and flow structures", Journal of Experimental Biology, September 6, 2013, 217 (2):201-213, doi: 10.1242/jeb.091520

A.P.S. Bhalla, S. Chakraborty, "Controlling microchannel gas flow rates through time-modulated pressure pulsation", Journal of Applied Physics, October 1, 2007, 102:11 pages, doi: 10.1063/1.2819366