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)

Contact Details

Email: h.panchasara@cqu.edu.au

Phone: (03) 9616 0628 - Ext: 50628

Office Location

School of Engineering and Technology- Level 6

About Me

− 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.

Along with my Passion for Teaching and Research, Personally I am a Blogger (Food ,Fitness and Travel), AFL Multicultural Ambassador 2016 Victoria Region and have been involved in several community volunteering activites.
Universities Studied At
The University of Alabama, USA
Universities Worked At
The University of Alabama, USA
CHARUSAT, Gujarat University, India
RMIT University, Melbourne
Awards
Lead Patent Award (Patent Filed at USPTO), General Electric Energy HQ, USA 2012
Global Recognition Award for Frame 7Combustor Program, General Electric Energy HQ, USA
Best Technical Paper Award- ASME Turbo Expo 2009, Berlin, Germany
Employee Recognition Award 2011, General Electric Energy HQ, USA
Previous teaching
At CHARUSAT, Gujarat University, India
The University of Alabama, USA
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Professional Memberships
Life Time Member Indian Tehnical Society
Poster Papers/ Published Research Summaries
3. Heena V. Panchasara, Daniel Sequera and Ajay K. Agrawal, “Emissions Reductions in Diesel and Kerosene Flames Using a Novel Injector for Efficient Fuel Atomization”, Journal of Propulsion and Power, April 2009
1.Heena V. Panchasara, Pankaj S. Kolhe, Robert P. Taylor and Ajay K. Agrawal, “Droplet Diameter and Velocity Characteristics in Vegetable Oil Spray Flames”, International Symposium on Combustion
5. Heena V. Panchasara and R.M.Shah, “Some Aspects of Pinch Technology Applied to Cryogenic Heat Exchangers” Indian Journal of Cryogenics, February 2005, Vol. 2, pp. 55-60
6. Heena V. Panchasara, Benjamin M. Simmons, Ajay K. Agrawal, Daniel T. Dally, “Effect of Fuel Preheating on Emissions from Combustion of Viscous Biofuels”, 6th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, 2009 - New Technology 2, Ann Arbor, MI
7. Heena V. Panchasara, Daniel Sequera and Ajay K. Agrawal, “Emissions Reductions in Diesel and Kerosene Flames Using a Novel Injector for Efficient Fuel Atomization”, CSSCI 2007 Technical Meeting, San Diego, CA.
8.Simmons, B.M., Panchasara, H.V., and Agrawal, A.K., 2009, “A Comparison of Air-blast and Flow-Blurring Injectors using Phase Doppler Particle Analyzer Techniques”, ASME Paper GT2009-60239, ASME Turbo Expo 2009, Orlando, FL.
9.Simmons, B.M., Panchasara, H.V., and Agrawal, A.K., 2009, “Drop Size Measurements in Biofuel Sprays Produced by a Novel Flow-Blurring Injector,” Paper 21A4, Sixth U.S. National Combustion Meeting, May 17-20, Ann Arbor, MI
2. Heena V. Panchasara, Benjamin M. Simmons, Ajay K. Agrawal, Scott K. Spear, Daniel T. Dally, “Combustion Performance of Biodiesel and Diesel-Vegetable Oil Blends in a Simulated Gas Turbine Burner”, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, May 2009, Vol. 131/031503
10. Panchasara, H.V., Simmons, B.M., Agrawal, A.K., Spear, S.K., and Daly, D.T., 2009, “Combustion Performance of Biodiesel and Diesel-Vegetable Oil Blends in a Simulated Gas Turbine Burner,” ASME Paper GT2008-51496, ASME Turbo Expo 2008, Berlin, Germany (Best Technical Paper, Coal, Biomass & Alternative Fuels Committee).
4.Benjamin Simmon, Heena V. Panchasara, Ajay K. Agrawal, “Flow Blurring Atomization for Low-Emission Combustion of Liquid Biofuels”, Combustion Science and Technology
11. Simmons, B.M., Panchasara, H.V., and Agrawal, A.K., 2008, “Effect of Fuel Injection Concept on Combustion Performance of Liquid Biofuels,” Session B3: Biofuels, 2008 Technical Meeting of the Central States Section of the Combustion Institute, April 20-22, Tuscaloosa, AL.
12. Simmons, B.M., Panchasara, H.V., and Agrawal, A.K., 2008, “Combustion of High Viscosity Liquid Biofuels Using a Novel Fuel Injector,” Poster presentation W5P156, 32nd International Symposium on Combustion
Books
Book Chapter: Dr. Heena V. Panchasara, “Characteristics of Preheated Biooil Sprays”, Non-Linear Approaches in Engineering Applications- Automotive Engineering.
Reviews
LEAD REVIEWER FOR JOURNAL PAPER • “The Prediction Method of the Fuel Consumption of Wheel Loaders in the V-type Loading Cycle” Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Grants
US Patent Award for Lead Invention (US20140230447 A1) “FUEL NOZZLE FOR A GAS TURBOMACHINE” Filled with General Electric, USA
Conference Presentations
“Some Aspects of Pinch Technology Applied to Cryogenic Heat Exchangers” SVNIT, Surat, India, February 2005
- “Emissions Reductions in Diesel and Kerosene Flames Using a Novel Injector for Efficient Fuel Atomization”, 5th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, 2007 - New Technology 2, San Diego, CA
Effect of Fuel Preheating on Emissions from Combustion of Viscous Biofuels” 6th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, 2009 - New Technology 2, Ann Arbor, MI
Research Interests
•Fuel Chemistry, Fuel Pyrolysis, Turbulent flows, Combustion, Biomass Gasification, Renewable energy, GHG reduction and control strategy, Solar-Thermal Energy, Thermodynamics Fluid mechanics and Laser diagnostics. •In-depth knowledge of the design for Lean Six Sigma (GE Certified Green Belt- 2012) •Heavy Duty Systems; New Product Innovation (NPI), Product Manufacturing, Laser diagnostics • Low emissions Technology, Solutions to mitigate potential Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction, Renewable Energy
ENGINEERING
Mechanical Engineering - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
My area of teaching, research and consultancy are; •Fluid Mechanics •Clean Energy (Renewable, Industrial Energy) • Thermodynamics •Power Plants and Process Industries •Biofuel and Energy Conversion (combustion, atomization,gasification, fuel pyrolysis, combustion acoustics.) •Biodiesel and diesel engine performance and emission testing •Laser Diagnostics (PDPA, PIV) •Heavy duty systems •Low Emissions Technology
ENGINEERING
Mechanical Engineering - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
My area of teaching, research and consultancy are; •Fluid Mechanics •Clean Energy (Renewable, Industrial Energy) • Thermodynamics •Power Plants and Process Industries •Biofuel and Energy Conversion (combustion, atomization,gasification, fuel pyrolysis, combustion acoustics.) •Biodiesel and diesel engine performance and emission testing •Laser Diagnostics (PDPA, PIV) •Heavy duty systems •Low Emissions Technology
HE Term 3 - 2017
ENEG20001 - Australian Engineering Practice
Lead Lecturer - ENEG20001 - HE Term 3 - 2017
HE Term 2 - 2016
ENEM13013 - Mechanical Systems
Lecturer - ENEM13013 - HE Term 2 - 2016