Dr Heena Panchasara Engineering / School of Engineering and Technology
Lecturer - Engineering
PhD Mechanical Engineering (Combustion of Biofuels) Master of Engineering (Cryogenics) Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Phone: (03) 9616 0628 - Ext: 50628
− I am Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University (Australia).
Dr. Panchasara’s research interests are in design and application of fuel-flexible clean combustion systems and discovery of fundamental fuel injection and combustion characteristics of alternative fuels. Her research projects integrate fundamental science of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics and combustion, with advanced flow and spray measuring techniques both experimentally and computationally using ANSYS and FLUENT. In the area of combustion, Dr. Panchasara experimentally studies combustion performance, atomization characteristics involving emission and thermal features, of various fuels from waste sources using a dual-fuel burner equipped with a novel fuel injection system using laser diagnostics to further deepen the study of physics of atomization. Conventional air blast injectors cannot achieve efficient and clean combustion for viscous fuels because of the limited atomization capability. In contrast, with a simple geometry and a two-phase flow concept, the innovated twin-fluid fuel atomizer effectively generates fine sprays for fuels with a wide range of viscosity, without fuel preheating or hardware modification, and thus, results in ultra-low emission and high-efficiency combustion regardless of the distinct fuel properties.
Dr. Panchasara is currently undertaking Masters of Engineering program at the Melbourne campus in Mechanical Engineering at CQUni. She is involved in teaching courses:
ENEM14015 Dynamic Mechanical systems
ENEG20001 Australian Engineering Practice.
Prior to CQUni, Dr. Panchasara has worked at RMIT Uni Melbourne as a lecturer for the Mast of Sustainability Program and research fellow for the leading the AUTO-CRC program aiming to make automotive industry more cleaner and greener using natural gas. She also has an extensive experience working with leading power generation Company in the USA, as a Combustion Aerothermal Engineer at General Electric, Energy, SC, USA.