Associate Professor Anand Veeraragavan

Associate Professor

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

Overview

A/Prof. Anand Veeraragavan's research interests are in supersonic combustion of hydrocarbons, hypersonic aerothermodynamics, advanced optical diagnostics for hypersonic flows and microcombustion based portable power

A/Prof. 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 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
  • Hypersonic aerothermodynamics
  • Micro-combustion driven power systems
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy systems (coal/gas combustion, geothermal and solar energy) for power generation
  • 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

Book Chapter

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan (2018). Advanced measurements and monitoring techniques. Underground coal gasification and combustion. (pp. 627-635) edited by Michael S. Blinderman and Alexander Y. Klimenko.Kidlington, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-100313-8.00021-9

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Vanyai, Tristan, Grieve, Sam, Street, Oliver, Denman, Zachary, McIntyre, Timothy, Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan, Wheatley, Vincent and Smart, Michael (2019). Fundamental scramjet combustion experiments using hydrocarbon fuel. Reston, VA, United States :American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. doi: 10.2514/1.B37472

  • Chang, Eric W. K. , Chan, Wilson Y.K., McIntyre, Timothy J. and Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan (2019). Hypersonic shock impingement on a heated surface in the T4 free-piston driven shock tunnel. 32nd International Symposium on Shockwaves, Singapore, 14 - 19 July 2019. Piscataway, NJ, United States :IEEE.

  • Vanyai, Tristan, Grieve, Sam, Street, Oliver, Denman, Zachary, McIntyre, Timothy, Veeraragavan, Anand, Wheatley, Vincent and Smart, Michael (2018). Fundamental scramjet combustion experiments using hydrocarbon fuel. AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference, AIAA SPACE Forum, Orlando, FL, United States, 17–19 September 2018. Reston, VA, United States :American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. doi: 10.2514/6.2018-5201

  • Gupta, M.V.N. Surendra, Ameen, E., Llobet, Juan R., Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan and Pesala, Bala (2018). High contrast grating based thermal emitters for portable thermophotovoltaic systems. High Contrast Metastructures VII 2018, San Francisco, CA, United States, January 29, 2018-January 31, 2018. Bellingham, WA, United States :S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering. doi: 10.1117/12.2289675

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

  • Llobet, J. R., Kang, X. and Veeraragavan, A. (2017). Metallic mesh and quartz wafer as emitter-filter for a thermophotovoltaic system. 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2017, Sydney, Australia, 10-14 December 2017. Sydney, Australia :Combustion Institute.

  • Landsberg, Will O., Wheatley, Vincent, Smart, Michael and Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan (2017). Performance of high Mach number scramjets - Tunnel vs flight. 68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017, Adelaide, SA, Australia, 25-29 September 2017. Paris, France :International Astronautical Federation.

  • Landsberg, Will O., Wheatley, Vincent, Smart, Michael K and Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan (2017). Reducing combustor length within a mach 12 shape-transitioning scramjet. 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2017, Sydney, Australia, 10-14 December 2017. Sydney, Australia :Combustion Institute.

  • 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. SOLARPACES 2016: International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 1–14 October 2016. Melville, New York, United States :AIP Publishing. doi: 10.1063/1.4984409

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

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

  • 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. 20th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Perth, Australia, 5 – 8 December 2016. Perth, Australia :Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society.

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

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

  • Damm, K. A., Gollan, R. J. and Veeraragavan, A. (2015). Acceleration of combustion simulations using GPUs. Australian Combustion Symposium, Parkville, VIC, Australia, 7-9 December 2015. Melbourne, VIC, Australia :Combustion Institute Australian and New Zealand Section.

  • Ingo Jahn, Duniam, Sam and Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan (2015). Cooling issues for small-scale sCO2 powerplants. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, 7-11 September 2015. Brisbane, Australia :The University of Queensland.

  • Morgan, Richard and Veeraragavan, A. (2015). Expansion tube studies on non-equilibrium flows. 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. Australian Combustion Symposium, Parkville, VIC, Australia, 7-9 December 2015. Melbourne, VIC, Australia :Combustion Institute Australian and New Zealand Section.

  • 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. 45th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference 2014, Atlanta, United States, 16-20 June 2014. Reston, VA, United States :American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 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. 19th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Atlanta, GA, United States, 16-20 June 2014. Reston, VA, United States :American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 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. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 8-11 December 2014. Melbourne, VIC, Australia :RMIT University.

  • 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. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 8-11 December 2014. Melbourne, VIC, Australia :RMIT University.

  • Veeraragavan, A. (2013). Controlling flame speed in microcombustors via wall thermal properties. ACS2013: Australian Combustion Symposium 2013, Crawley, WA, Australia, 6-8 November, 2013. Sydney, NSW, Australia :The Combustion Institute: Australia and New Zealand Section.

  • Saulov, D. N., Veeraragavan, A., Hooman, K., Torero, J. L. and Klimenko, A. Y. (2013). Review of combustion issues in underground fires. ACS2013: Australian Combustion Symposium 2013, Crawley, WA, Australia, 6-8 November, 2013. Sydney, NSW, Australia :The Combustion Institute: Australia and New Zealand Section.

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan, Lenert, Andrej, Al-Dini, Salem and Wang, Evelyn N. (2011). Design of volumetric solar flow receivers. ASME 2010 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, ICNMM2010 Collocated with 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 01-05 August 2010. New York , NY, United States :American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 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. 6th US National Combustion Meeting 2009, Ann Harbor, MI, United States, 17-20 May 2009. Pittsburgh, PA, United States :Combustion Institute.

  • 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. 45th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (2009), Denver, CO, United States, 2 – 5 August 2009. Reston, VA, United States :American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

  • 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. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, October 31 - November 06 2008. New York, United States :American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 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. Fall Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute 2009, College Park, Maryland, United States, 18 - 21 October 2009. Pittsburgh, PA, United States :The Combustion Institute.

  • Veeraragavan, Anand and Cadou, Christopher (2009). Non-intrusive combustion diagnostics for MEMS. 9th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (PowerMEMS 2009), Washington, DC, United States, 1-4 December 2009. San Diego, CA, United States :Transducer Research Foundation (TRF).

  • 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. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2007), Seattle, WA, United States, 11-15 November 2007. New York, United States :American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/IMECE2007-43675

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan and Cadou, Christopher (2007). Analytical solution for flame speed in micro channels. 5th US Combustion Meeting 2007, San Diego, CA, March 25, 2007-March 28, 2007. Combustion Institute.

  • Veeraragavan, Ananthanarayanan and Cadou, Chris (2007). Experimental burning velocity characteristics for premixed methane-air flames in a simulated microcombustor. 5th US Combustion Meeting 2007, California, USA, 25 – 28 March 2007. Combustion Institute.

  • Veeraragavan, A. and Cadou, C. (2007). Experimental investigation of influence of heat recirculation on temperature distribution and burning velocity in a simulated micro-burner. 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2007, Reno, NV, United States, 8 – 11 January 2007. Reston, VA, United States :American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

  • Veeraragavan, A., Dellimore, K. and Cadou, C. (2007). Simplified heat transfer analysis for flames in channels. 39th AIAA Thermophysics Conference, Miami, FL, United States, 25 – 28 June 2007. Reston, VA, United States :American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

  • Veeraragavan, A., Pesala, Balasubrahmanyam and Sujith, R. I. (2006). An integral approach to modeling sound propagation through a finite combustion zone. 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, United States, 9 – 12 January 2006. Reston, VA, United States :The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

  • 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. 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2006, Reno, NV, United States, 9 - 12 January 2007. Reston, VA, United States :American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

  • 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. 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting 2006, Reno, NV, United States, 9 – 12 January 2006. Reston, VA, United States :American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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

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

  • 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. 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, AZ, United States, 11 – 13 July 2005. Reston, VA, United States :AIAA.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed 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