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Prof Ramanarayanan Balachandran
415, Roberts Building
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Tel: 02076797668
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  • Professor of Energy Technologies
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Professor Ramanarayanan Balachandran is Professor of Energy Technologies at University College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering (with distinction), from Madurai Kamaraj University, India and his Master’s research degree in Aerospace engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, for his research on pulse combustor and its application to spray evaporation and incineration. He subsequently joined Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED), received his PhD and also conducted post-doctoral research in the areas of combustion instabilities and laser diagnostics. 

Professor Balachandran publishes his research outputs in international high impact conferences and journals. He has received number of national and international awards including Research Excellence Award (2020) and Distinguished Paper on Turbulent Flames (2015) from the Combustion Institute, Sugden Award (2011) from the Combustion Institute British Section, Most Cited Author Award (2008) from Combustion and Flame (Elsevier Publications) and Instrumentation Award (2004) from Scientific Instrument Makers Company.

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Research Summary

Professor Balachandran’s research interests are in the areas of energy and combustion science relevant to propulsion and power generation. His expertise lies in experimental combustion and multiphase flow applicable to internal combustion (IC) and gas turbine (GT) engines, in particular, on fuels and fuel additives; on spray formation, evaporation & combustion in diesel, gasoline IC engines and also in GT combustors; on combustion dynamics in GT combustors; on combustion in micro-engines; on development and application of space & time-resolved laser diagnostics for flow and flame; on alternative fuels (including Hydrogen and Ammonia); and on pollutant formation and mitigation.

Teaching Summary

Ramanarayanan Balachandran is one of the tutors for the following module: MECH0005 - Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics.

15-NOV-2005 – 16-NOV-1950 Lecturer Mechanical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
19-JUL-2005 – 14-NOV-2005 Research Associate Engineering Department University of Cambrdige, United Kingdom
01-JUL-1998 – 30-APR-2002 Research Scholar Aerospace Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
Academic Background
2005   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2003   Master of Science Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
1998   Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Madurai Kamaraj University
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