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Arun K. Raj

Centre for Excellence in Computational Engineering & Networking (CEN), School of Computing, Coimbatore Campus

Qualification: Ph.D
kr_arun@cb.amrita.edu
Ph: +91 8281728411
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Arun K. Raj is currently working as Assistant Professor (Research Track) in the Centre for Excellence in Computational Engineering & Networking, Amrita School of Computing, Coimbatore, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India, w.e.f. August 01, 2022. His work primarily involves conducting research, bringing academic/industry collaborations, and mentoring graduate students on novel problems in his domain expertise.

He worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar (May 2021 – May 2022) at the University of California, USA, on a project funded by National Science Federation (NSF), USA. Also, he worked as an Institute Postdoctoral Fellow (Nov. 2020 – April 2021) at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, on a project funded by the Government of India. During his Ph.D. tenure (2015-2020) at the National Institute of Technology Calicut, he successfully acquired two funding grants; one as a Principal Investigator (PI) funded by the Government of Kerala, and the other as a research assistant funded by King Khalid University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Apart from this, he participated in three government (DST-SERB, Directorate of Environment and Climate change, Government of Kerala, and Institution of Engineers) and industry-funded projects (small-scale industry in Kerala) related to heat transfer, fluid flow and solar-thermal systems. The successful completion of these projects broadened his research field in the design and optimization of thermal systems. It allowed him to lead the research activities carried out at the Solar Energy Centre group at NIT Calicut, in close collaboration with governmental and private organizations in India. He has a strong track record of research dissemination, and the outputs in the last four years are

  • International journal articles (SCI/ SCIE): 19,
  • International/ National conferences: 18
  • Book chapters: 2
  • International Conference Session chair: 3
  • Invited talks/ seminars/ webinars: 8
  • Grants acquired: 2
Publications

Journal Article

Year : 2022

Computational analysis of two-phase flow in a converging-diverging propulsion nozzle suitable for water transport

Cite this Research Publication : Arun K.R., Divyesh, M., Mohanan, K.P., Jayaraj, S., 2022. Computational Analysis of Two-Phase Flow Characteristics in a Converging-Diverging Propulsion Nozzle Suitable for Water Transport. Sadhana, 47, 63. (Q2, IF – 1.188)

Year : 2022

Experimental evaluation on the capillarity effect of different wicking structure incorporated in a patterned absorber facilitating solar interfacial evaporation

Cite this Research Publication : Ashish Chandran, K., Sujith Kumar, C.S., Arun, K.R., Ubaidulla, C.T., Inbaoli, A., Jayaraj, S., 2022, "Experimental evaluation on the capillarity effect of different wicking structure incorporated in a patterned absorber facilitating solar interfacial evaporation," Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 147, 9865–9886. (Q2, IF – 4.626)

Year : 2022

Study on convective heat transfer of supercritical water in a smooth annular square channel

Cite this Research Publication : Thamilmani, M., Arun, K.R., Agarwal, A., Saha, S. K., 2022, "Study on convective heat transfer of supercritical water in a smooth annular square channel," Heat Transfer Engineering, 44, 24. (Q2, IF – 2.43) (Article in Press)

Year : 2021

Numerical studies on the effect of location and number of containers on the phase transition of PCM-integrated evacuated tube solar water heater

Cite this Research Publication : Dileep, K., Arun, K.R., Dishnu, D., Srinivas, M., Jayaraj, S., 2021. Numerical Studies on the effect of location and number of containers on the phase transition of PCM integrated evacuated tube solar water heater. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 143, pp. 737-749. (Q2, IF – 4.626)

Year : 2021

Experimental investigation on solar thermal air heater with a combination of roughness elements for heat transfer improvement

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K. R., Vinay, C.N., Srinivas, M., Jayaraj, S., 2021, "Experimental investigation on solar thermal air heater with a combination of roughness elements for heat transfer improvement," Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 146, 1453-1464. (Q2, IF – 4.626)

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2021

Performance analysis of a PCM integrated domestic solar water heater by numerical simulations

Cite this Research Publication : Dileep, K., Dishnu, D., Arun, K.R., Srinivas, M., Jayaraj, S., 2021, "Performance analysis of a pcm integrated domestic solar water heater by numerical simulations," World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development. Vol.17 No.2/3, pp.114 – 127

Year : 2021

Experimental assessments on R430A as an environment-friendly replacement to R134a in vehicle air conditioners

Cite this Research Publication : Andrew Pon Abraham, J. D., Mohanraj, M., Selvakumar, M., Arun, K. R., 2021, "Experimental assessments on R430A as an environment-friendly replacement to R134a in vehicle air conditioners," Journal of Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, 43:162, pp. 1-18 (Q2, IF – 2.220), DOI: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40430-021-02873-1

Publisher : Springer

Year : 2021

Experimental studies on a photovoltaic-thermal heat pump water heater using variable frequency drive compressors

Cite this Research Publication : Alosh J., Arun, K.R., Srinivas, M., Mohanraj, M., Jayaraj, S., 2021, "Experimental studies on a photovoltaic-thermal heat pump water heater using variable frequency drive compressors," Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 45, pp. 101152 (Q1, IF – 5.353), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seta.2021.101152

Year : 2021

Can technological advancements help to alleviate COVID-19 pandemic? a review

Cite this Research Publication : Mervin Joe Thomas, Vishnu Lal, Ajith Kurian Baby, Muhammad Rabeeh V. P., Alosh James, Arun K. R., 2021, "Can technological advancements help to alleviate covid-19 pandemic? a review," Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 117, pp. 103787 (Q1, IF – 6.317), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2021.103787

Year : 2021

Clustering of COVID-19 data for knowledge discovery using c-Means and fuzzy c-Means

Cite this Research Publication : Asif Afzal, Zahid Ansari, Saad Alshahrani, Arun K R., Md. Mohamed Saheer Kuruniyan, Ahamed Saleel C, Kottakkaran Sooppy Nisar, "Clustering of COVID-19 data for knowledge discovery using c-Means and fuzzy c-Means", Results in Physics. 29, 104639. (Q2, IF - 4.476), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rinp.2021.104639

Year : 2021

Development and assessment of generalized drying kinetics in multi-tray solar cabinet dryer

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Jayaraj, S., 2021. "Development and assessment of generalized drying kinetics in multi-tray solar cabinet dryer," Solar Energy, 226, 112-121. (Q1, IF – 5.741), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2021.08.034

Year : 2020

Active drying of unripened bananas (Musa Nendra) in a multi-tray mixed-mode solar cabinet dryer with backup energy storage

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Srinivas, M., Saleel, C.A., Jayaraj, S., 2019. Active drying of unripened bananas (Musa Nendra) in a multi-tray mixed-mode solar cabinet dryer with backup energy storage. Solar Energy, 188, pp.1002-1012. (Q1, IF – 4.807)

Year : 2020

Influence of the location of discrete macro-encapsulated thermal energy storage on the performance of a double pass solar plate collector system

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Srinivas, M., Saleel, C.A., Jayaraj, S., 2020. Influence of the location of discrete macro-encapsulated thermal energy storage on the performance of a double pass solar plate collector system. Renewable Energy, 146, pp.675-686. (Q1, IF – 8.001)

Year : 2020

Computational fluid dynamics analysis on solar water heater: Role of thermal stratification and mixing on dynamic mode of operation

Cite this Research Publication : Dileep,K., Arun, K.R., Dishnu, D., Saleel, C.A., Srinivas, M., Jayaraj, S., 2020.Computational fluid dynamics analysis on solar water heater: role of thermal stratification and mixing on dynamic mode of operation, Thermal Sciences, 24(2Part B), pp.1461-1472. (Q3, IF – 1.625)

Year : 2020

Drying of untreated Musa nendra and Momordica charantia in a forced convection solar cabinet dryer with thermal storage

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Kunal, G., Srinivas, M., Sujith Kumar, C.S., Mohanraj, M., Jayaraj, S., 2020, "Drying of untreated Musa nendra and Momordica charantia in a forced convection solar cabinet dryer with thermal storage," Energy, 192, pp. 116697 (Q1, IF – 7.147), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2019.116697

Year : 2019

Performance analysis of a double-pass solar air heater system with asymmetric channel flow passages

Cite this Research Publication : Raj, A.K., Kunal, G., Srinivas, M., Jayaraj, S., 2019. Performance analysis of a double-pass solar air heater system with asymmetric channel flow passages. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 136(1), pp.21-38. (Q2, IF – 2.407)

Year : 2019

CFD modelling of macro-encapsulated latent heat storage system used for solar heating applications

Cite this Research Publication : Raj, A.K., Srinivas, M., Jayaraj, S., 2019. CFD modelling of macro-encapsulated latent heat storage system used for solar heating applications. International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 139, pp.88-104. (Q1, IF – 3.623)

Year : 2019

A cost-effective method to improve the performance of solar air heaters using discrete macro-encapsulated PCM capsules for drying applications

Cite this Research Publication : Raj, A.K., Srinivas, M., Jayaraj, S., 2019. A cost-effective method to improve the performance of solar air heaters using discrete macro-encapsulated PCM capsules for drying applications. Applied Thermal Engineering, 146, pp.910-920. (Q1, IF – 4.026)

Conference Paper

Year : 2018

CFD modeling of macro-encapsulated latent heat storage system used for solar heating applications

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Srinivas, M., Jayaraj, S., "CFD modeling of macro-encapsulated latent heat storage system used for solar heating applications," 1st International Conference on Energy and Environment (ICEE), National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kerala, March, 2018.

Year : 2018

Prediction of thermal characteristics of double-pass solar air heaters (DPSAH) using artificial neural networks (ANN)

Cite this Research Publication : Kunal, G., Arun, K.R., Jayaraj, S., Prediction of thermal characteristics of double-pass solar air heaters (DPSAH) using artificial neural networks (ANN), 1st International Conference on Energy and Environment (ICEE), National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kerala, March,2018.

Year : 2017

Macro-encapsulation of PCM integrated with counter-flow double pass solar air heater system

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Srinivas,M., Jayaraj,S., "Macro-encapsulation of PCM integrated with counter-flow double pass solar air heater system," 6th International Conference on Advances in Energy Research (ICAER), IIT Bombay, December, 2017.

Year : 2017

Thermal conductivity enhancement of organic PCM by integration of float stones for low temperature thermal applications

Cite this Research Publication : Dileep, K., Arun, K.R., Jayaraj, S., "Thermal conductivity enhancement of organic PCM by integration of float stones for low temperature thermal applications," Proceedings of the 44th National Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, December, 2017.

Year : 2016

Numerical investigation on buoyancy driven flows in anon-Pressurized ETC type solar water heater used for domestic applications

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Dileep, K., Jayaraj S., "Numerical investigation on buoyancy driven flows in anon-Pressurized ETC type solar water heater used for domestic applications," 6th International 43rd National Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power, MNNIT, Allahabad, December, 2016.

Year : 2016

Solar ETC type water heaters – an analysis based on CFD packages

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Dileep, K., Jayaraj S., "Solar ETC type water heaters – an analysis based on CFD packages," International Conference on Recent Innovations in Engineering and Technology (ICRIET-16), GIET Gunupur, November, 2016.

Year : 2015

Effect of turbulence on film condensation over vertical surfaces (OpenFOAM)

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Jayakumar, J.S., "Effect of turbulence on film condensation over vertical surfaces (OpenFOAM)," Proceedings of the Forty Second National Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power (FMFP), NITK Surathkal, December, 2015.

Year : 2015

Numerical modelling of film condensation using two-phase flows and its effect on heat and mass transfer

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Jayakumar, J.S., Numerical modelling of film condensation using two-phase flows and its effect on heat and mass transfer, 17th Annual CFD Symposium, NAL Bangalore, August, 2015.

Conference Proceedings

Year : 2021

Numerical Performance Investigation of the Various Collector Configurations for the Hybrid PV-T Heat Pump Based Solar Water Heater

Cite this Research Publication : James, A., Sahoo, R., Arun. K.R., Mohanraj, M., Srinivas, M., Jayaraj, S., Numerical Performance Investigation of the Various Collector Configurations for the Hybrid PV-T Heat Pump Based Solar Water Heater, International Conference on Thermal Analysis and Energy Systems (ICTAES 2021), Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan and Heat Pump Research Institute, India, Virtual Conference, December, 2021.

Year : 2020

Role of language in Human development

Cite this Research Publication : Role of language in Human development - UGC- Sponsored Two-day National Seminar on the Role of Language, Literature and Culture in Nation-building, Andhra Loyola College(Autonomous), Vijayawada, 14th &15th Feb 2020

Year : 2019

Coupled Numerical Analysis to Evaluate Thermal and Electrical Performance of Thermoelectric Generator System for Different Internal Fin Structures

Cite this Research Publication : Kunal Sandip Garud, Arun K. Raj, Moo-Yeon Lee, Coupled Numerical Analysis to Evaluate Thermal and Electrical Performance of Thermoelectric Generator System for Different Internal Fin Structures, International Conference on Thermal Analysis and Energy Systems (ICTAES 2021), Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan and Heat Pump Research Institute, India, Virtual Conference, December, 2021.

Book Chapter

Year : 2020

Macro-encapsulation of PCM integrated with double-pass solar air heater system

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Srinivas, M. and Jayaraj, S., “Macro-encapsulation of PCM integrated with double-pass solar air heater system” in Advances in Energy Research, vol. 2. V. Ramadesigan and S. Singh, Eds. Springer Proceedings in Energy: Springer Singapore, 2020, Ch.18, 978-981-15-2662-6.

Publisher : Springer Proceedings in Energy: Springer Singapore

Year : 2017

Parametric studies on ETC solar water heater – three-dimensional numerical modeling and analysis

Cite this Research Publication : Arun, K.R., Srinivas, M. and Jayaraj, S., 2017, "Parametric studies on ETC solar water heater - three-dimensional numerical modeling and analysis," In ISHMT Digital Library. Begel House Inc., pp. 1357-1363.

Publisher : ISHMT Digital Library. Begel House Inc.

Experience(s)/ Qualification(s)

Post-Doctoral Experience

  • Post-Doctoral Scholar: University of California, United States (May 2021 – May 2022)
  • Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India (November 2020 – April 2021)

Ph. D.: National Institute of Technology, Calicut (2020)

  • Specialization: Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Sciences)
  • Thesis Title: Macro-encapsulated PCM cluster integrated air heater driven multi-tray solar cabinet dryers

M. Tech: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri (2015)

  • Specialization: Mechanical Engineering (Thermal and Fluid Sciences)
  • Thesis Title: Modelling of turbulent film condensation over vertical surfaces
Positions

Current Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Research Track – Centre for Excellence in Computational Engineering & Networking, Amrita School of Computing, Coimbatore, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India.

Past Positions

  • Post-doctoral Scholar – University of California, United States (May 2021 – May 2022)
  • Institute Post-doctoral Fellow – Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India (November 2020 – April 2021)
Projects

Sponsored Projects

  • Year: 2020
  • Funding agency: Kerala State Council for Science, Technology, and Environment (KSCSTE)
  • Duration: 1-Year
  • Amount: Rs. 2,50,000/-
  • Status: Completed

Consultancy Projects

  • Year: 2019
  • Funding source: King Khalid University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Amount: Rs. 16,00,000/-
  • Status: Completed

Others

  • Year: 2019
  • Funding source: Small-scale Industry Partner (M/s. Jayalekshmi Electricals Pvt. Ltd., Thrissur)
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Amount: Rs. 1,00,000/-
  • Status: Completed
Teaching

Courses Taught

  • 21RM607 – Research Methodology, (August 2021 – till Present), PG (M. Tech. Data Science) – Semester I

Conferences/ Workshops/ Webinars Organized (Chairman/ Convener/ Others)

  • Organizing Committee Member – International Conference on Thermal Analysis and Energy Systems (ICTAES-2021) organized by Heat Pump Research Institute (HPRI), India and Al-Farabi Kazhak National University, Kazakhstan. (December 22 – 24, 2021)
Miscellaneous

Awards/ Honors/ Recognition

  • Professional Membership for a year continuous contribution in the field of solar energy by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), Germany in September 2021.
  • Received the Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship (IPDF) from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India in November 2020.
  • Received Technology Development and Adaptation Grant (TDAP) from the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), Govt. of Kerala, India in September 2020.
  • Received gold medal for the best academic performance in M. Tech (Thermal and Fluid Sciences; 2013-15) from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University in September 2015.

Invited Talks/ Seminars/ Workshops/ Session Chairs

  • Invited Speaker – “Water-Energy Nexus: Solar Thermal Applications” conducted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IES College of Engineering, Thrissur, India on November 5th, 2022. (WEBINAR)
  • Invited Speaker and Session Chair on National Conference on Current and Emerging Technologies organized by Jawaharlal College of Engineering and Technology, Kerala, India. (July 25 – 27, 2022)
  • Session Chair on 1st International Conference in Fluid, Thermal and Energy Systems (ICFTES-2022) organized by the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Kerala, India. (June 8 -11, 2022)
  • Keynote Speaker and Session Chair on International Conference on Thermal Analysis and Energy Systems (ICTAES-2021) organized by Heat Pump Research Institute (HPRI), India and Al-Farabi Kazhak National University, Kazakhstan. (December 22 – 24, 2021)
  • Invited Speaker -“Software Packages for Mathematics in Engineering – CFD with ANSYS FLUENT” conducted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vidya Academy of Science and Technology, Thrissur, India on November 19th, 2020, sponsored by AICTE-Short Term Training Program, Govt. of India. (WEBINAR)
  • Invited Speaker – “Role of Social Media to Accomplish Your Career Goals” conducted by the Department of Production Engineering, Vidya Academy of Science and Technology, Thrissur, India on November 6th, 2020. (WEBINAR – Non-Technical Talk)
  • Invited Speaker – “CFD Analysis of Thermal Energy Storage Integrated Solar Thermal Applications” conducted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jyothi College of Engineering, Thrissur, India, on 23rd September 2020, sponsored by AICTE-ATA Five Days Online Faculty Development Program, Govt, of India. (Webinar)
  • Invited Speaker – “Solar Air Heaters” during International Faculty Development Program on “Solar Energy Applications” conducted by Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hindusthan College of Engineering & Technology, Tamil Nadu, India, on 17th July 2020. (Webinar)
  • Invited Speaker – “Recent Advances in Solar Systems – An Introduction to CFD” during Faculty development program conducted at National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kerala, 10th July, 2019.
  • “An Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics” during Faculty development program conducted at Mepco-Schlenk Engineering College Sivakasi, 29th May, 2019.
  • “Solar Energy in India- Past, Present & Future Scenarios” & “Energy Storage – Benefits and Applications” during GIAN workshop conducted at National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kerala, 11th January, 2017.
  • “Introduction to numerical modeling and analysis in ANSYS-FLUENT” during Software training program conducted for UG and PG students, organized by Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kerala as a part of CAD/CAM training courses, 5-9th September, 2017.

Membership/ Associations

  • Ordinary Member – ID:1681 (10/10/2022 to 10/10/2025) – Indian Society for Heat and Mass Transfer (ISHMT), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India.

Reviewers (National/ International Journals; Conferences)

International Journals (Selected)

  • Energy Conversion and Management (Elsevier)
  • Solar Energy (Elsevier),
  • Renewable Energy (Elsevier),
  • International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (Elsevier),
  • Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (Springer),
  • Sadhana (Springer)
  • International Journal of Energy Research (Taylor & Francis),
  • Cogent Engineering (Taylor & Francis),
  • International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow (Emerald)
  • Special issue on Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Development (Inderscience).

International Conferences

  • FMFP 2022, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
  • ICFTES 2022, National Institute of Technology Calicut, India (Virtual Conference)
  • ICTAES 2021, Heat Pump Research Institute, India in collaboration with Al-Farabi Kazhak National University, Kazakhstan. (Virtual Conference)
  • ICTAES 2018, Hindustan College of Engineering, Coimbatore, India.
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