Sudip Bhattrai
Head of Department
+977-1-5442053 | +977-9866925296
Chakupat, Lalitpur

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Science and Engineering


Sudip Bhattrai is an IOE faculty member for aerospace engineering, since 2014. He completed his BE and MSc in Aerospace Engineering from NUAA in 2011 and 2014. He completed his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from UNSW Canberra in 2021. He is also a visiting academic at UNSW Canberra.

Sudip’s research is primarily focused on hypersonic airbreathing vehicles and propulsion systems. He uses experimental and numerical techniques to investigate problems in hypersonic/supersonic and subsonic aerodynamics, detonation phenomena, reactive flows, and aircraft flight performance and operations. He also contributes to projects on energy and power engineering and rural development.

His projects have been funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and other international organizations.

My Grants

  • 2024 / Effect of Trailing Edge Serrations for the Control of Reverse Flow Induced Flow Separation on High-Speed Rotorcraft, Co-PI with PI: Dr. Tufan Guha, IIT Kanpur / US Air Force AOARD FA2386-24-1-4020
  • 2023 / Investigation of the features of near terrain flight / US Air Force AOARD FA2386-23-1-4007
  • 2022 / VETOMAC 2022 / US Air Force AOARD FA2386-23-1-1009
  • 2020 / Energising Development: towards an integrated learning approach for co-designing sustainable electric transportation solutions to support local livelihoods and inclusive economic growth in the rural south, Co-PI with PI: Kamal Darlami / UKRI GCRF

Some Recent Publications

  • Bhattrai S; McQuellin LP; Currao GMD; Neely AJ; Buttsworth DR, 2021, ‘Experimental Study of Aeroelastic Response and Performance of Hypersonic Intake Ramp’, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Published Online Sept. 2021,
  • Bhattrai S; McQuellin LP; Currao GMD; Neely AJ; Buttsworth DR, 2020, ‘Experimental study of the aeroelastic response and performance of a hypersonic intake’, in 23rd AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, 2020,
  • Bhattrai S; de Baar JHS; Neely AJ, 2018, ‘Efficient uncertainty quantification for a hypersonic trailing-edge flap, using gradient-enhanced kriging’, Aerospace Science and Technology, vol. 80, pp. 261 – 268,
  • Bhattrai S; McQuellin LP; Currao G; Neely AJ; Buttsworth DR, 2018, ‘Influence of hypersonic fluid-structure interaction on the control authority of a trailing-edge flap’, in 22nd AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference, Orlando, FL, presented at 22nd AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference, Orlando, FL, 17 September 2018 – 19 September 2018,
  • Bomjan B; Bhattrai S; Tang H, 2018, ‘Characterization of induction and transition methods of oblique detonation waves over dual-angle wedge’, Aerospace Science and Technology, vol. 82-83, pp. 394 – 401,
  • Bhattarai S; Poudel KR; Bhatta N; Mahat S; Bhattrai S; Thapa Magar KS, 2018, ‘Modeling and development of baseline guidance navigation and control system for medical delivery UAV’, in AIAA Information Systems-AIAA Infotech at Aerospace, 2018


  • AFOSR Scholar Exchange Award FY 2020, UNSW (Australia) – Ohio State University (US) / Grant No. FA2386-19-1-4027, R&D 19IOA027

Past Research Contributions

  • NSFC (2011-2012), Pulse Detonation Engines / Projects no. 50776045 and no. 51076064

Certifications and Training

  • Level 2 Laser Safety Officer
  • Occupational Health and Safety (Teaching and Experiments)
  • Safework Procedures and Activity Risk Management

Professional Engagements

  • Member, Aeronautical Society of Nepal
  • Member, Nepal Astronomical Society
  • Committee Member (2017-2020), Americal Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Sydney Section
  • Committee Member (2017-2020), Royal Aeronautical Society Canberra


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