Dr Anand Veeraragavan

Senior Lecturer

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
anandv@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54069

Overview

45-321 Mansergh Shaw Building

Dr Anand Veeraragavan joined the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering as a mechanical engineering lecturer in 2012. He is a current Mid-Career Advance Queensland Research Fellow (2017-2020) awarded for conducting research in the project entitled

Supersonic Combustion of Hydrocarbon Fuels for High-Mach-Number Axisymmetric Scramjets

Anand Veeraragavan graduated with a B.Tech in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) in 2002. He obtained his MS (2006) and PhD (2009) degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. His PhD research focused on understanding flame stabilization in microscale combustors by developing a non-intrusive diagnostic technique based on FT-IR spectroscopy to make temperature measurements inside a silicon walled combustor. He also created a detailed analytical model that accounted for conjugate heat transfer to predict flame speeds in a channel.

After his research appointment on solar energy as a postdoctoral associate in the Device Research Lab at MIT on thermophotovoltaics and nanofluid based volumetric solar absorbers, he worked as a combustion technologist for GE Energy in the US. At GE, he worked primarily on designing the next generation, land based, heavy duty, gas turbine engine combustors focusing on cost, operability, reliability and emissions and also completed his lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification at GE.

His research interests include:

  • Supersonic combustion of hydrocarbon fuels
  • Hypersonics
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy systems (coal/gas combustion, geothermal and solar energy) for power generation
  • Simple analytical modelling of fundamental processes in heat transfer
  • Optical diagnostics using FT-IR, far IR and other techniques to make temperature and flow measurements
  • Solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technology development

Research Interests

  • Anand Veeraragavan's research interests are:
    Hypersonics, High-speed Propulsion, Microcombustion, Solar Energy, Thermal Analysis/Modeling, Heat Exchangers, Modeling (CFD and Analytical), Optical Diagnostics, Energy Systems, Gas Turbine Engines

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This project directly relates to Dr. Veeraragavan's Advance Queensland mid-career Fellowship that will focus on developing scramjet technology capable of utilising longer chained hydrocarbons at Mach 7 - 8. I envisage there are at least two PhD projects to advance the state-of-the-art in the following:

    • Development of in-house CFD tools to be used for design space exploration of fundamental combustor concepts
    • Detailed investigation of cavity flame holders as 3-D artefacts, that has not received adequate attention for typical scramjet flow fields
    • Detailed investigation of thermal crackdown and ignition characteristics of kerosene like fuels under scramjet fuelling and injection conditions
    • Thermal management using composites/aniostropic materials in the combustors

    Interested students with a good chance at obtaining scholarships should get in touch. There may be a possibility to offer top-ups in excess of the scholarships along with required budget for travel to conferences and experimental/computational aspects of the project.

    • Scramjet engine inlets and isolators experience shock trains
    • Shock trains will interact with the boundary layer that develops from the leading edge
    • Traditional studies do not consider a heated wall
    • These interactions can lead to scramjet engine unstart
    • The project will aim to characterise and control the negative impact of these interaction

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Landsberg, Will O., Gibbons, Nicholas N., Wheatley, Vincent, Smart, Michael K. and Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan (2017). Flow field manipulation via fuel injectors in scramjets. In: 21st AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Technologies Conference, Hypersonics 2017. 21st AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Technologies Conference, Hypersonics 2017, Xiamen, China, (). 6 - 9 March 2017.

  • Meybodi, Mehdi Aghaei , Beath, Andrew , Gwynn-Jones, Stephen , Veeraragavan, Anand , Gurgenci, Hal and Hooman, Kamel (2017). Techno-economic analysis of supercritical carbon dioxide power blocks. In: Abdulaziz Al Obaidli, Nicolas Calvet and Christoph Richter, AIP Conference Proceedings. SOLARPACES 2016: International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, (060001-1-060001-8). 1–14 October 2016. doi:10.1063/1.4984409

  • Kang, X. and Veeraragavan, A. (2016). Development of a mesoscale thermophotovoltaic power generating system using porous media combustion. In: 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Perth, Australia, (). 5 – 8 December 2016.

  • Denman, Z. J., Wheatley, V., Smart, M. K. and Veeraragavan, A . (2016). Fuel injection and mixing in a Mach 8 hydrocarbon-fuelled scramjet. In: 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Perth, Australia, (). 5 – 8 December 2016.

  • Kang, X., Gollan, R. J., Jacobs, P. A. and Veeraragavan, A . (2016). On the effect of outflow boundary truncation for numerical simulation of narrow-channel flames. In: 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Perth, Australia, (). 5 – 8 December 2016.

  • Damm, K. A., Gollan, R. J. and Veeraragavan, A. (2016). On the effect of workload ordering for reacting flow simulations using GPUs. In: 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Perth, Australia, (). 5 – 8 December 2016.

  • Wang, J., Gollan, R. J. and Veeraragavan, A. (2016). Verification of RANS turbulence model in Eilmer using the Method of Manufactured Solutions. In: 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Perth, Australia, (). 5 – 8 December 2016.

  • Damm, K. A., Gollan, R. J. and Veeraragavan, A. (2015). Acceleration of combustion simulations using GPUs. In: Yi Yang and Nigel Smith, The Australian Combustion Symposium 2015 Proceedings. Australian Combustion Symposium, Parkville, VIC, Australia, (148-151). 7-9 December 2015.

  • Ingo Jahn, Duniam, Sam and Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan (2015). Cooling issues for small-scale sCO2 powerplants. In: Kamel Hooman, Hal Gurgenci, Zhiqiang Guan, Yuanshen Lu and Manuel Lucas, Proceedings of the 17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (253-261). 7-11 September 2015.

  • Morgan, Richard and Veeraragavan, A. (2015). Expansion tube studies on non-equilibrium flows. In: 52nd Society of Engineering Science Conference.. Society of Engineering Science Conference, College Station, TX, United States, (). 26-28 October 2015.

  • Kang, X., Gollan, R. J., Jacobs, P. A. and Veeraragavan, A. (2015). Numerical simulation of premixed methane/air flame dynamics in narrow channels. In: Yi Yang and Nigel Smith, The Australian Combustion Symposium 2015 Proceedings. Australian Combustion Symposium, Parkville, VIC, Australia, (388-391). 7-9 December 2015.

  • Brieschenk, Stefan, Pontalier, Quentin, Duffaut, Alexandre, Denman, Zachary J., Veeraravagan, Anand, Wheatley, Vincent and Smart, Michael K. (2014). Characterization of a spark ignition system for flameholding cavities. In: 45th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference. 45th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference 2014, Atlanta, United States, (). 16-20 June 2014. doi:10.2514/6.2014-2242

  • Denman, Zachary J., Brieschenk, Stefan, Veeraragavan, Anand, Wheatley, Vincent and Smart, Michael K. (2014). Experimental design of a cavity flameholder in a Mach 8 Shape-Transitioning Scramjet. In: 19th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference. 19th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Atlanta, GA, United States, (1-11). 16-20 June 2014. doi:10.2514/6.2014-2953

  • Kang, X ., Gollan, R . J., Jacobs, P . A. and Veeraragavan, A . (2014). Numerical simulations of premixed combustion in narrow channels. In: Harun Chowdhury and Firoz Alam, The Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (). 8-11 December 2014.

  • Landsberg, W. O., Barth, J. E., Veeraragavan, A., Wheatley, V. and Smart, M. K. (2014). Tailored fuel injection within a Mach 12 shape transitioning scramjet. In: Harun Chowdhury and Firoz Alam, Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (288.1-288.4). 8-11 December 2014.

  • Veeraragavan, A. (2013). Controlling flame speed in microcombustors via wall thermal properties. In: Mingming Zhu, Yu Ma, Yun Yu, Hari Vuthaluru, Zhezi Zhang and Dongke Zhang, Australian Combustion Symposium 2013: Proceedings. ACS2013: Australian Combustion Symposium 2013, Crawley, WA, Australia, (202-205). 6-8 November, 2013.

  • Saulov, D. N., Veeraragavan, A., Hooman, K., Torero, J. L. and Klimenko, A. Y. (2013). Review of combustion issues in underground fires. In: Mingming Zhu, Yu Ma, Yun Yu, Hari Vuthaluru, Zhezi Zhang and Dongke Zhang, Australian Combustion Symposium 2013: Proceedings. ACS2013: Australian Combustion Symposium 2013, Crawley, WA, Australia, (120-123). 6-8 November, 2013.

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan, Lenert, Andrej, Al-Dini, Salem and Wang, Evelyn N. (2011). Design of volumetric solar flow receivers. In: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels--2010. ASME 2010 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, ICNMM2010 Collocated with 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, Montreal, Canada, (1481-1489). 01-05 August 2010. doi:10.1115/FEDSM-ICNMM2010-31001

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan and Cadou, Christopher (2009). Analytical solution for the flame eigenvalue problem accounting for the effects of conjugate heat transfer in a parallel plate reactor. In: 6th US National Combustion Meeting 2009. 6th US National Combustion Meeting 2009, Ann Harbor, MI, United States, (920-925). 17-20 May 2009.

  • Veeraragavan, A. and Cadou, C. (2009). Experimental comparison of temperature distribution and heat recirculation values for propane and methane premixed flames in a simulated microcombustor using non-intrusive FTIR diagnostics. In: 45th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (2009): Online proceedings. 45th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (2009), Denver, CO, United States, (). 2 – 5 August 2009.

  • Maxey, Christopher J., Jackson, Gregory S., Reihani, Seyed-Abdolreza Seyed, Decaluwe, Steven C., Patel, S, Veeraragavan, Anand and Cadou, Christopher P. (2009). Integration of catalytic combustion and heat recovery with meso-scale solid oxide fuel cell system. In: Proceedings of IMECE2008 2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, (337-344). October 31 - November 06 2008. doi:10.1115/IMECE2008-67040

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan and Cadou, Chris (2009). Limitations and improvements to an FT-IR based non-intrusive diagnostic technique for making temperature measurements. In: Proceedings: Fall Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute 2009. Fall Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute 2009, College Park, Maryland, United States, (521-532). 18 - 21 October 2009.

  • Veeraragavan, Anand and Cadou, Christopher (2009). Non-intrusive combustion diagnostics for MEMS. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications. 9th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (PowerMEMS 2009), Washington, DC, United States, (502-505). 1-4 December 2009.

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan and Cadou, Christopher P. (2008). 2D analytical model investigating the effect of structural heat recirculation on the temperature profiles in a parallel plate reactor with a premixed laminar flame. In: Proceedings of ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2007). ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2007), Seattle, WA, United States, (853-864). 11-15 November 2007. doi:10.1115/IMECE2007-43675

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan and Cadou, Chris (2007). Experimental burning velocity characteristics for premixed methane-air flames in a simulated microcombustor. In: Proceedings of a meeting held 25-28 March 2007, San Diego, California. 5th US Combustion Meeting 2007, California, USA, (3299-3308). 25 – 28 March 2007.

  • Veeraragavan, A. and Cadou, C. (2007). Experimental investigation of influence of heat recirculation on temperature distribution and burning velocity in a simulated micro-burner. In: Collection of technical papers: 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007, Reno, NV, United States, (7000-7009). 8 – 11 January 2007.

  • Veeraragavan, A., Dellimore, K. and Cadou, C. (2007). Simplified heat transfer analysis for flames in channels. In: Collection of technical papers - 39th AIAA Thermophysics Conference. 39th AIAA Thermophysics Conference, Miami, FL, United States, (83-94). 25 – 28 June 2007.

  • Veeraragavan, A., Pesala, Balasubrahmanyam and Sujith, R. I. (2006). An integral approach to modeling sound propagation through a finite combustion zone. In: 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit Online Proceedings (2006). 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, United States, (). 9 – 12 January 2006.

  • Veeraragavan, A., Leach, T. and Cadou, C. (2006). Experimental and numerical investigation of flame stability and burning velocity in a micro burner using infrared diagnostics. In: Collection of technical papers: 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2006, Reno, NV, United States, (16274-16284). 9 - 12 January 2007.

  • Dellimore, K., Veeraragavan, A. and Cadou, C. (2006). Modeling and simulation of the effects of axial diffusion on fuel-air mixing lengths in micro-power systems. In: Collection of technical papers: 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2006, Reno, NV, United States, (16263-16273). 9 – 12 January 2006.

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan, Heatwole, Scott, Cadou, Christopher P. and Buckley, Steven G. (2005). Infrared diagnostic technique for microscale combustors. In: Proceedings of the 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, United States, (). 10 – 15 January 2005.

  • Leach, T., Veeraragavan, A. and Cadou, C. (2005). Investigation of enhanced stability in micro-combustors. In: Proceedings of the 2005 Eastern States Section / Combustion Institute Fall Technical Meeting. Eastern States Section / Combustion Institute Fall Technical Meeting, Orlando, FL, United States, (264-267). 13 – 16 November 2005.

  • Cruz, Carlos A., Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan, Dellimore, Kiran, Cadou, Christopher and Marshall, Andre W. (2005). Near-Wall Measurements of Gas Temperature in Conventional-Scale and Micro-Scale Rockets. In: Proceedings of the 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit. 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, AZ, United States, (). 11 – 13 July 2005.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This project directly relates to Dr. Veeraragavan's Advance Queensland mid-career Fellowship that will focus on developing scramjet technology capable of utilising longer chained hydrocarbons at Mach 7 - 8. I envisage there are at least two PhD projects to advance the state-of-the-art in the following:

    • Development of in-house CFD tools to be used for design space exploration of fundamental combustor concepts
    • Detailed investigation of cavity flame holders as 3-D artefacts, that has not received adequate attention for typical scramjet flow fields
    • Detailed investigation of thermal crackdown and ignition characteristics of kerosene like fuels under scramjet fuelling and injection conditions
    • Thermal management using composites/aniostropic materials in the combustors

    Interested students with a good chance at obtaining scholarships should get in touch. There may be a possibility to offer top-ups in excess of the scholarships along with required budget for travel to conferences and experimental/computational aspects of the project.

    • Scramjet engine inlets and isolators experience shock trains
    • Shock trains will interact with the boundary layer that develops from the leading edge
    • Traditional studies do not consider a heated wall
    • These interactions can lead to scramjet engine unstart
    • The project will aim to characterise and control the negative impact of these interaction