Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty
Professor of Fluid Dynamics

Personal profile 

Prof. Nilanjan Chakraborty joined the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering of Newcastle University in July 2011 where he heads the Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems research group. Previously he was a senior lecturer at the School of Engineering of the University of Liverpool. He joined University of Liverpool as a lecturer in 2005 and was promoted to a senior lectureship in 2008.

He graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1999 from Jadavpur University, Calcutta with First Class Honours and with a University First Rank (Gold medal) in Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. In the same year he obtained an All India First Rank in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Examination (GATE). He did his Masters degree (ME) in Mechanical Engineering with a specialisation in Computational Heat and Fluid Flow from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore, with a University First Rank (Gold medal with senate commendation). In this Masters project he worked on the RANS modelling of turbulent transport in weld-pool convection. He gained industrial experience as a Mechanical Engineer in General Electric (GE), India before getting the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship for pursuing a PhD at Cambridge University. In Cambridge. The title of his doctoral thesis is 'Fundamental Study of Turbulent Premixed Combustion using Direct Numerical Simulation'.  

His research interests include DNS of Turbulent Combustion, LES combustion modelling, natural convection of non-Newtonian fluids, Melting/Solidification related heat transfer problems in classical manufacturing (e.g. Casting, Welding) and Laser aided manufacturing applications (e.g. Laser Surface Alloying). In September 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Gaydon Prize along with his co-authors for the most significant UK contribution to the 30th International Combustion Symposium, 2004. In September 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Hinshelwood Prize for 2006 by the British Section of Combustion Institute for his meritorious contribution to combustion science. A paper co-authored by Prof. Chakraborty presented in the droplet colloquium in the 32nd International Combustion Symposium was given the distinguished paper award by the Combustion Institute. He is the nominated leader and Principal Investigator of the recently formed UK Consortium on Turbulent Reacting Flows, as well as a steering group member of N8 Supercomputer shared by Russell group universities in the north of England. He has recently been invited by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) to join the Peer-Review College, which helps EPSRC in the review of grant proposals and panel decisions. To date, he published 104 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 66 conference publications. His citation record is given by a h-index of 18 (source Web of Science & Scopus).

 

Higher Education

2001-2004: PhD (Engineering), Cambridge University, U.K.

Dissertation title: Fundamental study of turbulent premixed combustion using Direct Numerical Simulation(DNS)

1999-2001: M.E. (Mechanical Engineering), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Project title: A k-ε model for turbulent convection in Gas Tungsten Arc Weld pools

Class: First with honours, Rank: 1st, Faculty topper, Record CGPA: 8.0/8.0,Gold Medallist, Recipient of Senate commendation for outstanding performance in Masters of Engineering.

1995-1999: B.E. (Mechanical Engineering), Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

Class: First with honours, University rank: 1st, Gold medallist, Special prizes for scoring highest marks in Fluid Machinery and Machine Tools.

Fellowships and scholarships

2004-2005: Mini Rouse-Ball grant for PhD. dissertation in the Trinity College Junior Research Fellowship Competition.

2001-2004: Gates Cambridge Scholarship for PhD in Engineering (University of Cambridge)

2001-2004: Overseas Research Students’ (ORS) Award.

1999-2001: National scholarship for Masters degree in Engineering

1994-1996: National scholarship of merit (India)


Honours, Prizes and Grants 

2013: EPSRC research grant EP/K025163/1: "High Performance Computing support for UK consortium on turbulent reacting flows"

2012: EPSRC research grant EP/J0/21997: "Fundamental understanding of turbulent flame propagation in droplet-laden mixtures" (PI)

2012:  EPSRC research grant EP/J00/3573: "Towards In-Combustion-Event Feedback (ICEF) Control by Laser Ignition" (CI). 

2011: EPSRC research grant EP/IO/28013: "Large Eddy Simulation modelling of scalar dissipation rate based reaction rate closure in turbulent premixed flames" (PI)

2009: Distinguished paper award given by the International Combustion Institute for the paper entitled “Direct Numerical Simulation of turbulent flame expansion in fine sprays” authored by A. Wandel, N. Chakraborty and E. Mastorakos in the Spray Combustion Colloquium of the 32nd International Combustion Symposium.

2008: EPSRC research grant EP/G0088441: "Development of Unified Flame Surface Density Based Reaction Rate Models for the LES of Turbulent Premixed Flames"(PI)

2007: Hinshelwood Prize given by the British Combustion Institute for the most significant contribution by a young researcher to the field of combustion science.

2007: Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project on designing new generation cryogenic tank (CI)

2006: EPSRC research grant EP/E026516/1: "Theoretical Investigation of Turbulent Combustion in Stratified Inhomogeneous Mixtures using Direct Numerical Simulation" (PI)

2006: Research grant for new lecturers from the Nuffield Foundation (NAL/32607):Numerical Investigation of spark ignition in non-premixed jets using Direct Numerical Simulation.

2006: C.R. Barbar Trust grant from Institute of Physics for attending the 31stInternational Combustion symposium.

2005: Gaydon Prize given by the British Combustion Institute for the most significant UK contribution to the 30th International Symposium of Combustion, 2004 (shared with Drs. S. Gashi, J. Hult, K.W. Jenkins, C. Kaminski and R. S. Cant).

2004: Mini Rouse-Ball grant for PhD. dissertation in the Trinity College Junior Research Fellowship Competition.

2002: Gold medal and Senate commendation for outstanding performance in Masters of Engineering in Indian Institute of Science.

1999: Special medals for the highest marks in Fluid Machinery and Machine Tools in B.E. Examination in Jadavpur University.

1999: University Gold medal for the first rank in B.E. Examination in Jadavpur University.

 

Employment Record

2011: July To date:  Professor of Fluid Dynamics in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, University of Newcastle

2008-2011 June: Senior lecturer in the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool.

2005- 2008: Lecturer in the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool.

2004-2005: Post-doctoral Research Associate in Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED), working on numerical investigation of spark ignition in inhomogeneous reactants in a research project funded by Rolls Royce Plc., UK.

2001 Feb-Sept.: Mechanical Engineer in John F. Welch Technology Centre, General Electric, India. Part of the Computational Fluid Dynamics team in Mechanical Systems Laboratory, working on CFD projects on conjugate heat transfer and flow through intercooler for GE Power Systems and GE Transport Systems.

 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of British Combustion Institute
  • Member of British Combustion Consortium
  • Member of Institute of Physics (MinstP) , United Kingdom

Research interests 

Prof Chakraborty’s research interests include DNS of turbulent combustion, LES and RANS combustion modelling, natural convection of non-Newtonian fluids, melting/solidification related heat transfer problems in classical manufacturing and laser aided manufacturing applications. To date his research has been supported by research grants from EPSRC, Nuffield Foundation and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. In September 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Gaydon Prize along with his co-authors for the most significant contribution to the 30th International Combustion Symposium, 2004. In September 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Hinshelwood Prize for 2006 by the British Section of Combustion Institute for his meritorious contribution to combustion science. A paper co-authored by Prof. Chakraborty presented in the droplet colloquium in the 32nd International Combustion Symposium was given the distinguished paper award by the Combustion Institute. To date, he published 104 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 66 conference publications. His citation record is given by a h-index of 18 (source Web of Science & Scopus).

Projects

Teaching Interests 

Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Turbulence, Combustion, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)