Dmitry Kolomenskiy

Dr. Dmitry Kolomenskiy is a specialist in fluid mechanics. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Aix-Marseille (France), and held academic positions at universities and research institutes in France, Canada and Japan, prior to joining Skoltech. Dr. Kolomenskiy was a postdoctoral fellow at CERFACS (France), McGill University (Canada), Chiba University (Japan), a project scientist at JAMSTEC (Japan), and a specially appointed associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan). In addition, he held visiting fellowships at DAMTP, University of Cambridge (UK), and ESPCI Paris (France).
His research concerns mainly with computational fluid dynamics and fluid-structure interaction. His research topics encompass the biomechanics of animal flight, vortex dynamics, fluid-solid interaction, and high-performance computing. He develops mathematical models at multiple levels of complexity, ranging from reduced-order analytical description to direct numerical simulation, on the interface between engineering and biological sciences. He contributed to the development of computational fluid dynamics approaches such as volume penalization and wavelet-based adaptive methods.
Besides the work related with the biomechanics of insect flight, he has been involved in interdisciplinary international collaborative projects with marine biologists, aeronautical engineers, and environmental scientists.
His research at Skoltech focuses on the computational fluid dynamics in application to the development of new design and manufacturing processes at CDMM.

  1. S. E. Farisenkov, D. Kolomenskiy, P. N. Petrov, T. Engels, N. A. Lapina, F.-O. Lehmann, R. Onishi, H. Liu, A. A. Polilov. Novel flight style and light wings boost flight performance of tiny beetles. Nature, 602:96-100, 2022.
  2. X. Cai, Y. Xue, D. Kolomenskiy, R. Xu, H. Liu. Elastic storage enables robustness of flapping wing dynamics. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 17:045003, 2022.
  3. G. Li, D. Kolomenskiy, H. Liu, B. Thiria, R. Godoy-Diana. Hydrodynamical fingerprint of a neighbour in a fish lateral line. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 9:825889, 2022. 10.3389/frobt.2022.825889
  4. D. Kolomenskiy, R. Onishi, H. Uehara. WaveRange: wavelet-based data compression for three-dimensional numerical simulations on regular grids. Journal of Visualization, 25:543–573, 2022.
  5. H. Truong, T. Engels, H. Wehmann, D. Kolomenskiy, F.-O. Lehmann, K. Schneider. An experimental data-driven mass-spring model of flexible Calliphora wings, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 17:026003, 2022.
  6. Y. Yasuda, R. Onishi, Y. Hirokawa, D. Kolomenskiy, D. Sugiyama. Super-resolution of near-surface temperature utilizing physical quantities for real-time prediction of urban micrometeorology. Building and Environment, 209:108597, 2022.
  7. T. Engels, D. Kolomenskiy, F.-O. Lehmann. Flight efficiency is a key to diverse wing morphologies in small insects. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 18(183):20210518, 2021.
  8. X. Cai, D. Kolomenskiy, T. Nakata, H. Liu. A CFD data-driven aerodynamic model for fast and precise prediction of flapping aerodynamics in various flight velocities. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 915:A114, 2021.
  9. G. Li, I. Ashraf, B. François, D. Kolomenskiy, F. Lechenault, R. Godoy-Diana, B. Thiria. Burst-and-coast swimmers optimize gait by adapting unique intrinsic cycle. Communications Biology, 4:40, 2021.
  10. H. Truong, T. Engels, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider. Influence of wing flexibility on the aerodynamic performance of a tethered flapping bumblebee. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters, 10:382-389, 2020.
  11. D. Kolomenskiy, S. Farisenkov, T. Engels, N. Lapina, P. Petrov, F.-O. Lehmann, R. Onishi, H. Liu, A. Polilov. Aerodynamic performance of a bristled wing of a very small insect. Experiments in Fluids, 61:194, 2020.
  12. H. Truong, T. Engels, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider. A mass-spring fluid-structure interaction solver: Application to flexible revolving wings. Computers & Fluids 200:104426, 2020.
  13. S. Ravi, R. Noda, S. Gagliardi, D. Kolomenskiy, S. Combes, H. Liu, A. Biewener, N. Konow. Modulation of flight muscle recruitment and wing rotation enables hummingbirds to mitigate aerial roll perturbations. Current Biology 30:187-195, 2020.
  14. G. Li, D. Kolomenskiy, H. Liu, B. Thiria, R. Godoy-Diana. On the energetics and stability of a minimal fish school. PLoS One 14(8):e0215265, 2019.
  15. D. Kolomenskiy, S. Ravi, R. Xu, K. Ueyama, T. Jakobi, T. Engels, T. Nakata, J. Sesterhenn, M. Farge, K. Schneider, R. Onishi, H. Liu. Wing morphology and inertial properties of bumblebees. Journal of Aero Aqua Bio-mechanisms 8(1):41-47, 2019.
  16. G. Li, D. Kolomenskiy, H. Liu, B. Thiria, R. Godoy-Diana. On the interference of vorticity and pressure fields of a minimal fish school. Journal of Aero Aqua Bio-mechanisms 8(1):27-33, 2019.
  17. D. Kolomenskiy, S. Ravi, R. Xu, K. Ueyama, T. Jakobi, T. Engels, T. Nakata, J. Sesterhenn, K. Schneider, R. Onishi, H. Liu. The dynamics of passive feathering rotation in hovering flight of bumblebees. Journal of Fluids and Structures 91:102628, 2019.
  18. T. Engels, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider, M. Farge, F.-O. Lehmann, J. Sesterhenn. Impact of turbulence on flying insects in tethered and free flight: high-resolution numerical experiments. Physical Review Fluids 4:013103, 2019.
  19. D. Chen, D. Kolomenskiy, R. Onishi, H. Liu. Versatile reduced-order model of leading-edge vortices on rotary wings. Physical Review Fluids 3:114703, 2018.
  20. T. Jakobi, D. Kolomenskiy, T. Ikeda, S. Watkins, A. Fisher, H. Liu, S. Ravi. Bees with attitude: the effects of directed gusts on flight trajectories. Biology Open 7:bio034074, 2018.
  21. D. Kolomenskiy, R. Paoli. Numerical simulation of the wake of an airliner. Journal of Aircraft 55(4):1689-1699, 2018.
  22. T. Engels, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider, M. Farge, F.-O. Lehmann, J. Sesterhenn. Helical vortices generated by flapping wings of bumblebees. Fluid Dynamics Research 50(1):011419, 2018.
  23. D. Chen, D. Kolomenskiy, T. Nakata, H. Liu. Forewings match the formation of leading-edge vortices and dominate aerodynamic force production in revolving insect wings. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 13(1):016009, 2018.
  24. D. Chen, D. Kolomenskiy, H. Liu. Closed-form solution for the edge vortex of a revolving plate. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 821:200-218, 2017.
  25. H. Liu, D. Kolomenskiy, T. Nakata, G. Li. Unsteady bio-fluid dynamics in flying and swimming. Acta Mechanica Sinica 33(4):663-684, 2017.
  26. S. Ravi, D. Kolomenskiy, T. Engels, K. Schneider, C. Wang, J. Sesterhenn, H. Liu. Bumblebees minimize control challenges by combining active and passive modes in unsteady winds. Scientific Reports 6:35043, 2016.
  27. T. Engels, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider, J. Sesterhenn. FluSI: a novel parallel simulation tool for flapping insect flight using a Fourier method with volume penalization. SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 38(5):S3-S24, 2016.
  28. H. Liu, S. Ravi, D. Kolomenskiy, H. Tanaka. Biomechanics and biomimetics in insect-inspired flight systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371(1704):20150390, 2016.
  29. D. Kolomenskiy, M. Maeda, T. Engels, H. Liu, K. Schneider, J.-C. Nave. Aerodynamic ground effect in fruitfly sized insect takeoff. PLoS One 11(3):e0152072, 2016.
  30. T. Engels, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider, F.-O. Lehmann and J. Sesterhenn. Bumblebee flight in heavy turbulence. Physical Review Letters 116:028103, 2016.
  31. D. Kolomenskiy, J.-C. Nave, K. Schneider. Adaptive gradient-augmented level set method with multiresolution error estimation. Journal of Scientific Computing 66(1):116-140, 2016.
  32. T. Engels, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider, J. Sesterhenn. Numerical simulation of fluid-structure interaction with the volume penalization method. Journal of Computational Physics 281:96-115, 2015.
  33. D. Kolomenskiy, R. Nguyen van yen, K. Schneider. Analysis and discretization of the volume penalized Laplace operator with Neumann boundary conditions. Applied Numerical Mathematics 95:238-249, 2015.
  34. R. Nguyen van yen, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider. Approximation of the Laplace and Stokes operators with Dirichlet boundary conditions through volume penalization: a spectral viewpoint. Numerische Mathematik 128(2):301-338, 2014.
  35. D. Kolomenskiy, Y. Elimelech, K. Schneider. Leading-edge vortex shedding from rotating wings. Fluid Dynamics Research 46:031421, 2014.
  36. G. Bimbard, D. Kolomenskiy, J. Casas, R. Godoy-Diana. Large kinematic variability during take-off in butterflies due to varying relative timing of legs and aerodynamic forces. Journal of Experimental Biology 216:3551-3563, 2013.
  37. T. Engels, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider, J. Sesterhenn. Numerical simulation of the fluttering instability using a pseudospectral method with volume penalization. Computers and Structures 122:101-112, 2013.
  38. D. Kolomenskiy, H. K. Moffatt. Similarity solutions for unsteady stagnation point flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 711:394-410, 2012.
  39. B. Kadoch, D. Kolomenskiy, P. Angot, K. Schneider. A volume penalization method for incompressible flows and scalar advection-diffusion with moving obstacles. Journal of Computational Physics 231:4365-4383, 2012.
  40. D. Kolomenskiy, H. K. Moffatt, M. Farge, K. Schneider. Two- and three-dimensional numerical simulations of the clap-fling-sweep of hovering insects. Journal of Fluids and Structures 27(5-6):784-791, 2011.
  41. D. Kolomenskiy, H. K. Moffatt, M. Farge, K. Schneider. The Lighthill – Weis-Fogh clap-fling-sweep mechanism revisited. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 676:572-606, 2011.
  42. D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider. Numerical simulations of falling leaves using a pseudo-spectral method with volume penalization. Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics 24(1-4):169-173, 2010.
  43. D. Kolomenskiy, H. K. Moffatt, M. Farge, K. Schneider. Vorticity generation during the clap-fling-sweep of some hovering insects. Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics 24(1-4):209-215, 2010.
  44. D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider. A Fourier spectral method for the Navier-Stokes equations with volume penalization for moving solid obstacles. Journal of Computational Physics 228:5687-5709, 2009.
  45. R. Nguyen van yen, M. Farge, D. Kolomenskiy, K. Schneider, N. Kingsbury. Wavelets meet Burgulence: CVS-filtered Burgers equation. Physica D 237:2151-2157, 2008.


Ищем стажёра (Research Intern) для участия в решении задач численного моделирования технологических процессов газотермического напыления. В результате работы будут созданы «численные двойники» экспериментальных установок, имеющихся в Лаборатории газотермического напыления.


  • Выполнение газодинамических расчётов с использованием Ansys Fluent/CFX;
  • Моделирование удара металлической частицы о плоскую поверхность с использованием LS-DYNA;
  • Расчет динамики частиц с помощью специализированной программы на языке Фортран.


  • Высшее техническое, математическое образование (магистратура или специалитет);
  • Знание основ механики сплошных сред;
  • Знание базовых численных методов решения дифференциальных уравнений;
  • Навыки программирования;
  • Навыки создания трехмерных моделей в CAD;
  • Знание английского языка.

Мы предлагаем:

  • Работу в команде специалистов международного уровня;
  • Современную инфраструктуру и научное оборудование;
  • Гибкое начало рабочего дня (по согласованию с руководителем);
  • Рекомендацию к поступлению на программу PhD Сколтеха (по результатам стажировки).

Длительность стажировки:

  • 3 месяца с возможностью продления


Oleg Volgin
PhD student