Thermodynamics seminars

Liquid fuel atomization and combustion: biofuels

2:00–3:00 pm Thursday 3 October 2019

Venue: Level 3 seminar room, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Heena Panchasara


The importance of liquid biofuels has been increasing exponentially along with significant challenges that they pose during combustion process. During the last decade, the importance of atomization of liquid fuels in cold flow and flame has increased significantly. This is due to the need to understand the basics of how the fuel injection process can be tailored to improve the overall efficiency of a combustion process and ensure a homogenous mixture of air and fuel that can generate the smallest droplet sizes with uniform drop distribution and velocity high enough to completely vaporise during combustion. This will ensure that the combustion of fuel is complete and leads to lower emissions specifically when dealing with biofuels and other viscous biooils.


Dr Heena Panchasara graduated with a PhD in Mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa USA. Her PhD research focused on understanding liquid biofuel combustion, spray/atomization characteristics in stationary gas turbine combustors and micro turbine combustors as well. After her PhD, she worked as a combustion aerothermal engineer for GE Energy in Greenville, South Carolina. At GE, she worked primarily on designing the next generation, land-based, heavy-duty, gas turbine engine combustors focusing on cost, operability, reliability and emissions and completed her lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification. Heena is currently a Tenured Academic (Lecturer) at the Central Queensland University, Australia where her work is primarily focused on clean energy combustion and its applications.

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