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    Professor in Chemical Engineering Dept. of Chemical Engineering BITS Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa campus

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    Prof. Srinivas Krishnaswamy

    Expertise and


     A Chemical Engineer with specialization in condensation heat transfer.

     Expertise in areas of experimental heat transfer and modelling heat- transfer processes, with major research interests in work related to condensation of vapours in presence of a non-condensing gas and condensation of pure vapours (single and multi-component)

     Present research is in the area of “Process Intensification” which involves addressing challenges posed posed in developing practical cost effective, energy efficient and environment friendly systems from a commercialization point of view, thereby attempting to bridge the gap between know-why and know-how



    R. No. A 301/1, Department of Chemical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani K K Birla Goa campus, NH – 17 B Bypass Road, Zuari Nagar, Goa – 403726


    Telephone +91-832-2580-308 (O), +91-832-2580-504 (R)

    Education  Ph.D. in condensation heat transfer

     Year of completion: December 2004

     From: University of London

     Supervisor: Professor John W. Rose (Queen Mary College, University of London)

     Title of project: Laminar film condensation inside a non-circular tube in the presence of forced convection and in the presence of a non-condensing gas.

     B.E. (Chemical Engineering)

     Year of completion: 1991

     From: Shivaji University, India

     Grade: First Class with distinction

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     Stood first in my University in the subjects “Petroleum Refinery Engineering” and “New Separation Processes” (in the final year of my graduation in Chemical Engineering).

     Graduated as a Chemical engineer securing First Class with distinction.

    Awards Secured a studentship (covering tuition fees and living expenses) to pursue Ph.D. studies at the University of London. The Ph.D. was sponsored by an industrial company in USA.

    Ph.D. research


    A theoretical model was developed for heat transfer and condensation inside a typical proposed exhaust heat exchanger passage of a fuel cell condenser in the presence of a non-condensing gas. The predicted flow regime is annular. The model applies to any vapour-gas combination. For a prescribed composition, temperature, pressure and flow rate of the gas mixture at inlet and prescribed wall temperature distribution along the tube, the model predicts the local heat-transfer and condensation rates and the local bulk vapour composition, temperature and pressure. The model has been validated using experimental data for air-steam mixtures over a wide range of relevant variables (steam-air inlet composition, pressure, temperature and flowrate; coolant inlet temperature and flowrate). The model can be used in conjunction with a standard approach for the outside heat transfer to give complete model for an air-cooled heat exchanger passage.

    Summary of work done

     When using water as coolant (for convenience) to simulate the airside resistance in the actual fuel cell condenser application, it was necessary to operate at low velocity and hence low Reynolds number. A laminar flow coolant mixer was designed, fabricated and tested for this purpose.

     A test rig was designed and all major components manufactured and assembled.

     An outline scheme was drawn up for modelling the in-tube heat and mass transfer processes and a database of relevant thermo- physical properties assembled. Property equations for the vapour- gas mixture were verified and subsequently the used to develop a full.

     Thermocouples, used in the main rig, were calibrated against a platinum resistance thermometer having high precision (accuracy

    better than  0.05 K).

     Commission runs on the main test rig were completed and experimental runs using air-steam mixtures were carried out followed by data analysis and reduction. The same was used to

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    validate the model and good agreement was found.

    Work Experience

    November 2015 – Till date, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus

    Designation: Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Nature of work: Academic teaching, Research and Administration

    2010 – 2015, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus

    Designation: Associate Professor and Head of Department, Chemical Engineering

    Nature of work: Academic teaching, Research and Administration

    May 2009 – July 2009, Lunghwa University, Taiwan

    Designation: Visiting Professor

    Nature of work: Academic teaching, Research and Administration

    2006 - 2010, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus

    Designation: Assistant Professor and Group Leader, Chemical Engineering Group

    Nature of work: Academic teaching, Research and Administration

    Jan. 2005 - 2006, BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus

    Designation: Assistant Professor and Group Leader, Chemical Engineering Group

    Nature of work: Academic teaching, Research and Administration

    Sept. 2003 – Sept. 2004 Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK

    Designation: Research Assistant

    Nature of work: Research and Development

     A comprehensive literature survey was carried out to review and identify promising thermochemical cycles for Hydrogen production.

     An investigation was carried out into improvements made in the Sulphur-Iodine thermochemical cycle for Hydrogen production.

     A study was carried out to investigate the possible use of membrane separation processes in the SI thermochemical cycle.

     A simple theoretical model for production of Hydrogen using a catalytic membrane reactor is being developed.

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    Sept. 1994 – Dec. 1999 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India

    Designation: Scientific Officer (Research)

    Nature of work: Research and Development

     Successfully completed a one-year course of the Training School of BARC (1994 - 1995). The selection to this School was on an all- India basis and I was among the 8 Chemical engineers eventually selected. This school provided all necessary skills required for carrying out further research and included written and oral examinations on courses related to Chemical and Nuclear engineering. The course ended with a 3-month project, which involved “Theoretical modelling of condensation inside a vertical tube in the presence of a non-condensing gas” after which I joined the Chemical Engineering Division of the Research Centre as Scientific Officer „C‟.

     Contributed significantly in various phases of the Divisional project, i.e. “Development of prototype 1500 ampere Fluorine cell and commissioning of 5 TPA Sulphur Hexafluoride pilot plant”. This plant was the first of its kind in India. I was successfully involved in the process design, procurement, installation and commissioning of Fluorine cell and SF6 pilot plant.

     Was promoted to the grade of Scientific Officer „D‟ in August 1998.

     Was involved in the process design of the Fluidised bed denitration facility for the next research project before proceeding to study for a Ph.D.

    Feb. 1993 – Aug. 1994 Oswal Petrochemicals, Mumbai, India

    Designation: Production Engineer (Olefins Division)

    Nature of work: Operation and maintenance

     Was appointed as engineer in charge of “Naptha cracking furnace” and was involved in both maintenance and operation of the same.

     Was also involved in optimizing the yield of ethylene propylene and other olefin products obtained during Naptha cracking

    Aug. 1991 – Aug. 1992 Vijay Kumar Refractories & Chemicals, Mumbai, India

    Designation: Trainee Engineer

     Worked as Trainee engineer in the acid proof lining Division connected with marketing of acid/alkali proof cements and contract execution

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    Courses taught /

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     Computer Programming - I (Multi-Disciplinary) including Lab

     Measurement Techniques - II (Multi-Disciplinary) including Lab

     Thermodynamics (Multi-Disciplinary)

     Fluid Flow Operations / Fluid Mechanics

     Heat Transfer Operations / Heat Transfer including Lab

     Chemical Process Calculations

     Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

     Kinetics and Reactor Design

     Process Control

     Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers

     Process Design Principles – 1

     Process Design Principles – 2

     Separation Processes - 1 HIGHER DEGREE COURSES TAUGHT

     Advanced Process Control

     Process Plant Simulation

     Computational Transport Phenomena

     Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

     Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering ELECTIVE COURSES TAUGHT / HANDLED

     Transport Phenomenon