Krutika Tawri

Morrey Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics,
University of California Berkeley.
Email: ktawri(at)

Research Interests

My research interests include deterministic and stochastic nonlinear Partial Differential Equations arising from fluid dynamics, geophysics and material science. Currently, I am working on stochastic free-boundary and fluid-structure interaction problems, and for my doctoral thesis, I worked on stochastic PDEs with monotone nonlinearity and vanishing viscosity problems.

Currently, I am one of the organizers of the UC Berkeley-LBL Applied Math Seminar and the Applied PDEs student seminar.

Awards and Grants

2023 SIAM travel grant for ICIAM, Tokyo.

2022 Bhatnagar Award for Outstanding Thesis in Applied Mathematics.

2021-2022-IUB College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship.

2021-Muriel Adams Stahl Award.

2020-Hazel King Thompson Fellowship.

2020-Glenn Schober Memorial Fellowship.

2019-IUB- Provosts Travel Award for Women in Science.

2019- American Mathematical Society Graduate Student Travel Grant.

2017-IUB College of Arts and Sciences Fellowship.


[1] Makram Hamouda, Daozhi Han, Chang-Yeol Jung, Krutika Tawri, Roger Temam, Boundary layers for the subcritical modes of the 3D primitive equations in a cube, Journal of Differential Equations, 267 (1) (2019), 61-96.


In this article we study the boundary layers for the subcritical modes of the viscous Linearized Primitive Equations (LPEs) in a cube at small viscosity. The boundary layers include the parabolic boundary layers, ordinary boundary layers, and their interaction-corner layers. The boundary layer correctors are determined by a phenomenological study reminiscent of the Prandtl corrector approach and then a rigorous convergence result is proved which a posteriori justifies the phenomenological study.

[2] Phuong Nguyen, Krutika Tawri, Roger Temam, Nonlinear stochastic parabolic partial differential equations with a monotone operator of the Ladyzenskaya-Smagorinsky type, driven by a Lévy noise, Journal of Functional Analysis, 281 (8) (2021).


The aim of this article is to show the global existence of both martingale and pathwise solutions of stochastic equations with a monotone operator, of the Ladyzenskaya-Smagorinsky type, driven by a general Lévy noise. The classical approach based on using directly the Galerkin approximation is not valid. Instead, our approach is based on using appropriate approximations for the monotone operator, Galerkin approximations and on the theory of martingale solutions.

[3] Krutika Tawri, Roger Temam, Hilbertian approximation of monotone operators, Pure and Applied Functional Analysis, 7 (1) (2022), 357-387.


In this article we study approximations of monotone operators acting in Banach spaces by nonlinear operators acting in Hilbert spaces. The motivation behind this study appears in the stochastic context. We give a better existence result, than previously known, for the Ladyzenskaya equations (Smagorinsky model of turbulence).

[4] Krutika Tawri, On upper semicontinuity of the Allen-Cahn twisted eigenvalues, Asymptotic Analysis, 130 (3-4) (2022), 323-334.


We give an asymptotic upper bound for the kth twisted eigenvalue of the linearized Allen–Cahn operator in terms of the kth eigenvalue of the Jacobi operator, taken with respect to the minimal surface arising as the asymptotic limit of the zero sets of the Allen–Cahn critical points. We use an argument based on the notion of second inner variation developed in Le (On the second inner variations of Allen–Cahn type energies and applications to local minimizers. J. Math. Pures Appl. (9) 103, no. 6, (2015), 1317– 1345).

[5] Woojeong Kim, Krutika Tawri, Roger Temam, Local well-posedness of a three-dimensional phase-field model for thrombus and blood flow, Rev. Real Acad. Cienc. Exactas Fis. Nat. Ser. A-Mat. 116 (4) (2022).


In this article we study an FSI problem that models the mechanical interaction between blood flow and a thrombus with Hookean elasticity, using a phase-field method to describe a two-phase system, with the interface between two different phases given by a thin smooth transition layer. This model is studied in a bounded domain in dimensions d=3. We prove the existence of a unique local solution.

[6] Wai Tong Fan, Ali Pakzad, Krutika Tawri, Roger Temam, Shear driven turbulence with Lévy noise at the boundary in three dimensions, Probability, Uncertainty and Quantitative Risk, 8 (1) 75-94 (2023).


We provide existence and upper bounds for the time-averaged energy dissipation rate for the martingale solutions of the incompressible 3D NSE in a cube subject to a shear induced by a square-integrable Lévy noise on one wall by constructing an appropriate stochastic background flow that depends on the stochastic forcing.

[7] Krutika Tawri, Suncica Canic, Existence of martingale solutions to a nonlinearly coupled stochastic fluid-structure interaction problem, submitted.


This paper presents a constructive method to investigate solutions of a nonlinearly coupled stochastic fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problem. The focus is on a stochastically forced benchmark problem involving a linearly elastic membrane/shell that interacts with a two dimensional flow of a viscous, incompressible Newtonian fluid across a moving interface. This benchmark problem incorporates the main mathematical difficulties associated with nonlinearly coupled stochastic FSI problems. The fluid is modeled by the 2D Navier-Stokes equations, while the membrane is modeled by the linearly elastic membrane/shell equations. The fluid and the structure are coupled across the moving interface via a two-way coupling that ensures continuity of velocities and continuity of contact forces at the fluid-structure interface. The stochastic noise is applied both to the fluid equations as a volumetric body force, and to the structure as an external forcing to the deformable fluid boundary. The noise is multiplicative depending on the structure displacement, structure velocity and the fluid velocity. The main result of this manuscript is a constructive proof of the existence of weak martingale solutions to this nonlinear stochastic fluid-structure interaction problem. Namely, we prove the existence of solutions that are weak in the analytical sense and in the probabilistic sense. In other words, we show that despite the roughness, the underlying nonlinear deterministic fluid-structure interaction problem is robust to noise. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first result in the field of stochastic PDEs that addresses the question of existence of solutions on moving domains involving incompressible fluids, where the displacement of the boundary and the motion of the fluid domain are random variables that are not known a priori and are parts of the solution itself.

[8] Krutika Tawri, A 2D stochastic fluid-structure interaction problem in compliant arteries with non-zero longitudinal displacement, submitted.


In this paper we study a nonlinear stochastic fluid-structure interaction problem with a multiplicative, white-in-time noise. The problem consists of the Navier-Stokes equations describing the flow of an incompressible, viscous fluid in a 2D cylinder interacting with an elastic lateral wall whose elastodynamics is described by a membrane/shell equation. The stochastic noise is applied both to the fluid equations as a volumetric body force, and to the structure as an external forcing to the deformable fluid boundary. The fluid and the structure are nonlinearly coupled via the kinematic and dynamic conditions assumed at the moving interface, which is a random variable not known a priori. In particular, we consider the case where the structure is allowed to have non-zero longitudinal displacement.

[9] Krutika Tawri, A stochastic fluid-structure interaction problem with the Navier slip boundary condition, submitted.


We prove the existence of martingale solutions to a stochastic fluid-structure interaction problem involving a viscous, incompressible fluid flow, modeled by the Navier-Stokes equations, through a deformable elastic tube modeled by shell equations. The fluid and the structure are nonlinearly coupled via the kinematic and dynamic coupling conditions at the fluid-structure interface. This article considers the case where the structure can have unrestricted displacement and explores the Navier-slip boundary condition imposed at the fluid-structure interface, displacement of which is not known a priori and is itself a part of the solution. The proof takes a constructive approach based on a Lie splitting scheme. The geometric nonlinearity stemming from the nonlinear coupling, the possibility of random fluid domain degeneracy, the potential jumps in the tangential components of the fluid and structure velocities at the moving interface and the low regularity of the structure velocity require the development of new techniques that lead to the existence of martingale solutions.