Sukanta Roy

Dr. Sukanta Roy

PhD (Fluids & Thermal), MTech (Thermal), BE (Mech), MASME, AMIE(I)

Lecturer | Department of Mechanical Engineering | Faculty of Engineering and Science

Contact Details Telephone: +60 85 443939 Extn: 2505 | Location: Skylark (SK3)-347 | Email:

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Research Interests: Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Wind Turbine Aerodynamics and Hydro-kinetic Turbines, Turbo-machinery, Renewable Energy, Heat  Transfer Applications


Dr. Sukanta Roy is presently working as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia. Prior to joining Curtin University Malaysia, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in IRPHE, Aix Marseille University, France from November 2015 to June 2017. Dr. Roy has also worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in LHEEA, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France from September, 2014 to October, 2015 through Erasmus Mundus Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Asia to Europe) from European Commission. He has completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India (2010-2014), Master of Technology in Thermal Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Silchar, India (2008-2010), Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Agartala, India (2004-2007) and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from WBSCTE, India (2001-2004). He is a Registered Level 1 supervisor in Curtin University, Australia for Doctoral and Master Thesis.


Professional Experience

  • Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (09/2017 – Till date)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, IRPHE, Aix Marseille University, France (11/2015 – 06/2017)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, LHEEA, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France (09/2014 – 10/2015)
  • Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tripura Institute of Technology, India (08/2007 – 08/2008)


Fellowships, Awards, Certifications, Achievements and Appointments

  • Erasmus Mundus Post-Doctoral Fellowship from European Commission (09/2014 – 06/2015)
  • Young Scientist International Travel Support from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India (11/2013)
  • PhD Senior Research Fellow Assistantship from Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India (07/2010 – 07/2014)
  • Institute Topper of National Institute of Technology, Silchar, India with CPI 10/10 (2008 – 2010)
  • BE First class with Distinction from National Institute of Technology, Agartala, India (2007)


Professional Affiliation

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Associate Member, The Institute of Engineers (India)


Additional Professional Activities

  • Reviewer, Applied Energy (Elsevier)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (AIP)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (Elsevier)
  • Reviewer, Energies (MDPI)
  • Reviewer, Energy Conversion and Management (Elsevier)
  • Reviewer, Renewable Energy Focus (Elsevier)
  • Reviewer, International Energy Journal (AIT)
  • Reviewer, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments (Elsevier)
  • Reviewer, Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics (Inderscience)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Energy Research (Wiley)
  • Reviewer, Geological Society of America Bulletin (GeoScienceWorld)
  • Chair & Reviewer (Mechanical Engineering), 1st OCPC International Conference 2017, Malaysia


Subjects Taught

  • Engineering Graphics
  • Fundamentals of Strength of Materials
  • Engineering Foundations : Design and Processes
  • Introduction to Renewable Energy


Research Supervision

  • 1 PhD (Ongoing)
  • 1 MPhil (Completed)
  • 4 UG (Ongoing) 


Research and Collaboration Opportunities

  • Aerodynamic analysis of small-scale wind turbines for off-grid rural applications
  • Design, fabrication and characterization of small-scale wind tunnel in Curtin University Malaysia
  • Numerical study on the flow physics around micro hydro-kinetic turbines for rivers/channels in Malaysia
  • Numerical study on the heat transfer enhancement using passive control technique
  • Aerodynamic analysis of offshore wind turbines using non-linear lifting line theory
  • Design and performance improvement of hydro-kinetic turbines through numerical simulations
  • Minimization of wake momentum deficit and enhancement of aerodynamic performance through multiple wind turbine interaction
  • Feasibility study of micro hydro-kinetic turbines in the rivers/channels of Malaysia
  • Any new research proposals can be discussed within the scopes of Fluid Dynamics/Heat Transfer/Renewable Energy




  1. S. Roy, R. Das, and U.K. Saha, 2018, An  Inverse method for optimization of geometric parameters of a Savonious-style wind turbine. Energy Conversion and Management, Vol 155, pp. 116–127 (Elsevier).  doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2017.10.088; Impact factor: 5.589 

  2. A. Ducoin, M.S. Shadloo and S. Roy2017, Direct numerical simulation of flow instabilities over Savonius style wind turbine blades. Renewable Energy, Vol 105,pp. 374 –385 (Elsevier). doi:10.1016/j.renene.2016.12.072; Impact factor: 4.357

  3. S. Roy and A. Ducoin, 2016, Unsteady analysis on the instantaneous forces and moment arms acting on a novel Savonius-style wind turbine. Energy Conversion and Management,Vol 121,pp. 281–296 (Elsevier). doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2016.05.044; Impact factor: 5.589 

  4. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2015, Wind tunnel experiments of a newly developed two-bladed Savonius-style wind turbine. Applied Energy, Vol 137, pp. 117–125 (Elsevier). doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.10.022; Impact factor: 7.182

  5. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2014, An adapted blockage factor correlation approach in wind tunnel experiments of a Savonius-style wind turbine. Energy Conversion and Management, Vol 86, pp. 418–427 (Elsevier). doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2014.05.039;Impact factor: 5.589

  6. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2013, Review on the numerical investigations into the design and development of Savonius wind rotors. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol 24, pp. 73–83 (Elsevier). doi:10.1016/j.rser.2013.03.060; Impact factor: 8.050

  7. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2013, Computational study to assess the influence of overlap ratio on static torque characteristics of a vertical axis wind turbine. Procedia Engineering, Vol 51, pp. 694–702 (Elsevier). doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2013.01.099

  8. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2013, Review of experimental investigations into the design, performance and optimization of the Savonius rotor. Proc.IMechE Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, Vol 227, pp. 528–542 (Sage). doi:10.1177/0957650913480992; Impact factor: 0.939


Book/ Book Chapters

  1. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2014, “Design of Savonius-Style Wind Turbines”, in “Small-Scale Wind Power – Design, Analysis, and Environmental Impacts”, Book Chapter-4,pp. 65–91, Momentum Press, New York, USA. Print ISBN: 9781606504840


Conference Proceedings

  1. S. Roy, R. Das, and U.K. Saha, 2017, Identification of geographical locations to operate Savonious wind turbine rotor for meeting a desired performance. ASME 2017 Gas Turbine India Conference (ASME-GTINDIA 2017), December 78, Bangalore, India. ASME Proceedings: Renewable Energy (Solar, Wind), pp. V002T06A003,   doi:10.1115/GTINDIA2017-4566

  2. S. Roy, H. Branger, C. Luneau, D. Bourras, and B. Paillard, 2017, Design of an offshore three-bladed vertical axis wind turbine for wind tunnel experiments, ASME 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE2017), June 25–30, Trondheim, Norway. ASME Proceedings: Ocean Renewable Energy, pp. V010T09A046, doi:10.1115/OMAE2017-61512

  3. S. Roy, H. Branger, C. Luneau and B. Paillard, 2016, Design of blade profile for offshore vertical axis wind turbines using Double Multiple Stream Tube model with tip loss correction, EUROMECH Colloquium on Scientific and Technological Challenges in Offshore Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, September 7–9, Delft, The Netherlands, pp. 69–70.

  4. A. Ducoin, S. Roy and M.S. Shadloo, 2016, Direct Numerical Simulation of nonlinear secondary instabilities on the pressure side of a Savonius-style wind turbine. ASME 2016 HT/FE/ICNMM, Heat Transfer, Fluids Engineering and Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels Conferences (ASME-FEDSM 2016),July 10–14, Washington, USA. ASME Proceedings: 11th Symposium on DNS, LES and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods, pp. V01AT08A004, doi:10.1115/FEDSM2016-7714

  5. S. Roy, A. Ducoin and U.K. Saha, 2015, Flow physics around a Savonius-style wind turbine considering the influence of shaft. ASME-ATI-UIT 2015 Conference on Thermal Energy Systems: Production, Storage, Utilization and the Environment (ASME-ATI-UIT 2015), May 17–20, Napoli, Italy.

  6. S. Roy, P. Mukherjee and U.K. Saha, 2014, Aerodynamic performance evaluation of a novel Savonius-style wind turbine under an oriented jet. ASME 2014 Gas Turbine India Conference (ASME-GTINDIA 2014), December 15–17, New Delhi, India. ASME Proceedings:GT Cycle Innovations, Renewable Applications, pp. V001T08A001, doi:10.1115/GTINDIA2014-8152

  7. A. Banerjee, S. Roy, P. Mukherjee and U.K. Saha, 2014, Unsteady flow analysis around an elliptic-bladed Savonius-style wind turbine. ASME 2014 Gas Turbine India Conference (ASME-GTINDIA 2014), December 15–17, New Delhi, India. ASME ProceedingsUnsteady and Transitional Flows in Turbomachinery, pp. V001T05A001, doi:10.1115/GTINDIA2014-8141

  8. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2014, Performance analysis of Savonius-style wind turbines under concentrated and oriented jets. ASME Turbo Expo 2014 Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition (ASME TURBO EXPO 2014), June 16–20, Dusseldorf, Germany. ASME Proceedings: Wind Energy, pp. V03BT46A027, doi:10.1115/GT2014-26518

  9. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2013, Investigations on the effect of aspect ratios into the performance of Savonius rotors. ASME 2013 Gas Turbine India Conference (ASME-GTINDIA 2013), December 5–6, Bangalore, India. ASME Proceedings: Renewable Energy, pp. V001T07A002, doi:10.1115/GTINDIA2013-3729

  10. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2013, Numerical investigation to assess an optimal blade profile for the drag based vertical axis wind turbine. ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (ASME-IMECE 2013), November 15–21, San Diego, USA. ASME Proceedings: Energy,pp. V06AT07A084, doi:10.1115/IMECE2013-64001

  11. S. Roy and U.K. Saha, 2012, Comparative analysis of turbulence models for flow simulation around a vertical axis wind turbine. Indo-Danish International Conference on Wind Energy: Materials, Engineering, and Policies (WEMEP 2012), November 22–23, Hyderabad, India.

  12. S. Roy, A. Biswas and R. Gupta, 2010, CFD analysis of an airfoil shaped three bladed H-Darrieus rotor made from fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP). 37th National & 4th International Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power (FMFP2010), December 16–18, Chennai, India.


Keynote/Invited Speaker

  • S. Roy, H. Branger, C. Luneau and B. Paillard, 2017, Design of offshore vertical axis wind turbine for AEROPITCH wind tunnel experiments, International Conference on Floating Offshore Wind turbine (FOWT 2017), March 15 – 16, Marseille, France.


Student Projects

1. Rajesh Babu Chunchula, CFD Analysis of an economizer for Heat Transfer Enhancement by using Compound Techniques. (Ongoing)

1. Wilson Phua Yuen Zheng, Performance Enhancement of Inclined Solar Chimney Power Plant Using Underneath Air-Vents and Thermal Storage Medium. (Completed)

1. Yong Sheau Chin, Enhancement of Nusselt Convection in Laminar and Turbulent Flow inside a Horizontal Cylinder using Hexagonal Perforated Tubes. (Ongoing)

2. Christopher Chia Xiao Hui, Design and Fabrication of a Subsonic Wind Tunnel in Curtin University, Malaysia. (Ongoing)

3. Chin Bei Yi, Aerodynamic Analysis of Off-grid Wind Turbines to Optimize the Turbine Solidity Ratio. (Ongoing)

4. Lim Shen Xian, Performance Study of Micro Hydro-kinetic Turbines for Rural Applications. (Ongoing)

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