Perumal Kumar

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Associate Prof. Dr. Perumal Kumar

PhD. M.Tech, B.Tech
Associate Professor

Contact Details

Location: Skylark 3 Room 420
Telephone: +60 85 630 100 Ext: 2413
Fax: +60 85 630 254
Email: p.kumar@curtin.edu.my

Background

Dr. Kumar joined Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak in January 2009. He obtained his Ph.d in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious University Institute of Chemical Technology (UICT, formerly UDCT) in Mumbai, India. He worked under Prof. J. B. Joshi (Former Director, UICT) and studied the flow pattern developed by different impeller designs in mixed flow reactors. Over the years, he has been working in the area of mixing in stirred vessels, static mixing, process intensification and circulating fluidization. He has supervised six postgraduate students and twenty bachelors’ students and currently co–supervising two doctoral students.

Academic History

  • Graduate Cerificate in Tertiary Teaching (GCTT), Curtin University, 2012
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, Canada in a research Project funded by the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN). Sep. 1998 – Sep. 2000.
  • Ph.D. (Chemical Eng.), UICT, Mumbai, India, 1992 – 1997
  • M.Tech (Chemical Eng.), NIT, Trichy, India. 1989 – 1991
  • B.Tech (Chemical Eng.), CIT, Coimbatore, India. 1985 – 1989.
  • Computer Science Certificate (Software), Carleton University, School of Computer Science, Ottawa, Canada. Apr 2001 – Aug 2001.

Research Interests

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluids and Thermal Engineering
  • Engineering Education Research
  • Transport Phenomena

Publications

Refereed Journals

  1. Parametric study and optimisation of hot K2CO3 based post‐combustion CO2 capture from a coal‐fired power plant, Foster Kofi Ayittey, Agus Saptoro, Perumal Kumar, Mee Kee Wong, Accepted in Green House Gases Science and Technology.
  2. Missing data treatment for locally weighted partial least square based modelling: A comparative study, Wan Sieng Yeo, Saptoro Agus and Kumar Perumal, Accepted in Asia Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2020
  3. Process modifications for hot potassium carbonate-based CO2 capture system: a comparative study, Foster Kofi Ayittey, Christine Ann Obek, Agus Saptoro, Kumar Perumal, Mee Kee Wong, Green House Gases Science and Technology, 10(1), 130-146, 2020
  4. Turbulence Characteristics behind a Flexible Vortex Generator, WSEAS TRANSACTIONS on FLUID MECHANICS, Sharul Sham Dol, Wee Siaw Khur, Chan Hiang Bin, Perumal Kumar,   E-ISSN: 2224-347X, Vol 14, 2019
  5. Numerical Study of Developing Laminar Flow and Heat Transfer with ZnO-Water Nanofluid in Flattened Tubes, Mark Wing Tsan Lee  and Kumar,  Chemical Product and Process Modelling,  https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2019-0092, 2019
  6. Tiong, A. N. T, Kumar, P., Saptoro, A., Laminar thermal-hydraulic efficiency of polyacrylamide solution in double pipe heat exchanger, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 495 (1), 012056 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication), 2019.
  7. Yeo, W.S., Saptoro, A., Kumar, P., 2019, Adaptive soft sensor development for non-Gaussian and nonlinear processes, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 58, 45, 20680-20691 (Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science cited-publication, 2018 Impact Factor: 3.375).
  8. Mixed convection and radiation studies on thermally developing laminar flow in a horizontal square channel with variable side heated wall, Rajamohan Ganesan, Ramesh Narayanaswamy and Perumal Kumar, International Journal of Thermal Sciences 140, 298-307, 2019 (ISI Indexed)
  9. Integration of numerical and physical experiments to enhance student learning experience, Kumar Perumal and Rajamohan Ganesan, Computer Applications in Engineering Education, 26, 1930 – 1938, 2018 (ISI Indexed)
  10. Combined Effect of Mixed Convection and Surface Radiation Heat Transfer for Thermally Developing Flow in Vertical Channels, Heat Transfer Engineering, 39(1), 27 – 39, 2018
  11. Analysis of solar water heater with parabolic dish concentrator and conical absorber, G Rajamohan, P Kumar, M Anwar and T Mohanraj, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 206, conference 1 , 2017
  12. The flow dynamics behind a flexible finite cylinder as a flexible agitator, T H Yong, H B Chan, S S Dol, S K Wee and P Kumar, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 206, conference 1 , 2017
  13. Development of adaptive soft sensor using locally weighted kernel partial least square model, Wan Sieng Yeo, Agus Saptoro, Perumal Kumar, Chemical Product and Process Modeling, Article number 20170022, Vol 12(4), 2017, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2017-0022
  14. Comparison of turbulence models for single sphere simulation study under supercritical fluid condition, Jameson Malang, P Kumar, Agus Saptoro, M.O. Tade, Chemical Product and Process Modeling, Article number 20170026, Vol 12 (4), 2017, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2017-0026,
  15. Numerical studies on the laminar thermal-hydraulic efficiency of water-based Al2O3 nanofluid in circular and non-circular ducts, A Tiong, P Kumar and Agus Saptoro, Chemical Product and Process Modeling, Vol 12 (4), 2017, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cppm-2017-0019
  16. Combined effect of mixed convection and surface radiation heat transfer for thermally developing flow in vertical channels, Rajamohan Ganesan, Ramesh Narayanaswamy, Kumar Perumal, Heat Transfer Engineering, 2017 (ISI Indexed)
  17. The numerical Investigation on the effects of aspect ratio and cross-sectional shape on the wake structure behind a cantilever, Hiang Bin Chan, Tshun Howe Yong, Perumal Kumar, Siaw Khur Wee and Sharul Sham Dol, ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 11 (16), 9922 – 9932, 2016 (Scopus Indexed)
  18. Pulasan Peel for the Removal of Reactive Orange 16,  Jagannathan Krishnan, Perumal Kumar and Jaikumar Vasudevan, Res. J. Pharm., Biol. Chem. Sci. 8, 3(S), 376 – 387, 2017
  19. Thermal and physical properties of (Choline chloride + urea + L-arginine) deep eutectic solvents, Fareeda Chemat, Hirra Anjum, Azmi Md Shariff, Perumal Kumar, Thanabalan Murugesan, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 218, 301 – 308, 2016 (ISI indexed)
  20. CFD modeling for the estimation of Pressure loss coefficient of pipe fittings: An Undergraduate Project, Perumal Kumar, Rajamohan Ganesan, Computer Applications in Engineering Education, 24 (2), 180 – 185, 2016 (ISI Indexed)
  21. Solid holdup and circulation rate in a liquid-solid circulating fluidized bed with viscous liquid medium, Nirmala Gnanasundaram, Muruganandam Loganathan, Kumar Perumal, Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 32 (4), 849 -856, 2015 (ISI indexed)
  22. Mixed Convection and Radiation Heat Transfer in a Horizontal Duct with Variable Wall Temperature, Rajamohan Ganesan, Ramesh Narayanaswamy, Kumar Perumal, Heat Transfer Engineering, 36 (4), 335-345, 2015 (ISI Indexed)
  23. Experimental study on mixed convection heat transfer in a square duct with varying inclination angles, G. Rajamohan, R. Narayaswamy and P. Kumar, Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology 23 (1), 141 – 151, 2015 (Scopus Indexed)
  24. Reviews on Drag Reducing Polymers, Ngieng Tze Angnes Tiong,  Perumal Kumar,  Agus Saptoro, Korean Journal Of Chemical Engineering,  32(8), 1455 – 1476, 2015 (ISI indexed)
  25. Computational Fluid Dynamics based Hydrodynamics Studies in Packed Bed Columns: Current Status and Future Directions, Jameson Malang, Perumal Kumar and Agus Saptoro, J of Chemical Reactor Engineering, 13 (3), 289–303, 2015. (ISI indexed)
  26. Solid holdup in liquid solid circulating fluidized bed with viscous liquid medium, Nirmala Gnanasundaram, Muruganandam Loganathan, Kumar Perumal, Alexandria Eng., J, 53, 959 – 968, 2014 (Scopus Indexed)
  27. Viscosity effects on solid circulation rate in a liquid solid circulating fluidized bed, Nirmala Gnanasundaram, Muruganandam Loganathan, Kumar Perumal, J. Applied Sci. 14 (10), 1037 – 1042, 2014 (ISI Indexed)
  28. CFD study of the effect of Venturi convergent and divergent angles on low pressure wet gas metering, Perumal Kumar and Sim Mei San,  Applied Sci. 14 (22), 3036 – 3045,  2014 (ISI Indexed)
  29. A CFD study of the effect of Venturi geometry on high pressure wet gas metering, Kumar Perumal and Jagannathan Krishnan, Int. J Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 6 (5), 549 – 566, 2013 (ISI)
  30. A CFD study of turbulent Convective Heat Transfer Enhancement in Circular Pipe flow, P. Kumar and R. Ganesan, Int. J. Civil and Environ. Eng., 6, 385 (2012).
  31. A CFD study of heat transfer enhancement in pipe flow with AL2O3 nanofluid, P.Kumar, Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 81, 746-750, 2011
  32. Study on mixed convection heat transfer in vertical ducts with radiation effects, G.Rajamohan, N.Ramesh and P.Kumar, Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 81, 737-741, 2011
  33. Wet gas measurement with Slotted Orifice Meter – Effect of Geometry of Slots and Pressure, P.Kumar, Chai Boon Foo and Michael Wong Ming Bing, Chemical Product and Process Modeling: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 35, 2011
  34. Biodiesel from pungam seed oil and its effects on engine performance with a computerized engine test rig, T. Mohan Raj, K. Murugu Mohan Kumar and Perumal Kumar, Pertanika J. Sci & Tech, 19 (1), 117-127, 2011
  35. A CFD study of low pressure wet gas metering using slotted orifice meters, P. Kumar and Michael Wong Ming Bing, Journal of Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, 22, 33-42, 2011
  36. CFD modelling and mixing in stirred tanks, A.K. Sahu, P. Kumar, A.W. Patwardhan and J.B. Joshi, Eng. Sci, 54, 2285-2293, 1999.
  37. Simulation of flow in stirred vessel with axial flow impeller: Zonal modelling and optimisation of parameters, A.K. Sahu, P. Kumar and J.B. Joshi, Eng. Chem. Res, 37, 2116-2130, 1998.
  38. LDA measurements and CFD Simulations of flow generated by impellers in mechanically agitated reactors, J.B. Joshi, A.K. Sahu and P. Kumar, Sadhana, Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences, 23 (Parts 5 & 6), 505-539, 1998.
  39. LDA measurements of flow generated by multiple pitched blade turbine impellers, V.P. Mishra, P. Kumar and J.B. Joshi, ICheme symposium series no: 136, 465, 1993.
  40. Flow generated by a disc turbine: Effect of addition of a drag reducing polymer, V.P. Mishra, P. Kumar and J.B. Joshi, Chemical Eng J., 71, 11-21, 1998.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  1. Adaptive soft sensor for chemical process data, Wan Sieng Yeo, Agus Saptoro, and Perumal Kumar, 7th International Conference on Smart Computing & Communications (ICSCC 2019), Curtin University, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia. 28th to 30th June 2019
  2. Turbulent Convective Heat Transfer of Supercritical Carbon dioxide in a Serpentine Vertical Mini Tube, Submitted to the 25th National and 3rd International ISHMT-ASTFE Heat and Mass Transfer Conference (IHMTC-2019), December 28-31, 2019, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee, India
  3. Standalone Process Modifications in Potassium Carbonate CO2 Capture System, Foster Kofi Ayittey, Agus Saptoro, Wong Mee Kee, Perumal Kumar, presented in the One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference, held at Curtin University Malaysia, 2018
  4. PLS based non-Adaptive and LW-PLS based Adaptive Soft Sensor Development with Missing Data, Wan Sieng Yeo, Agus Saptoro, Perumal Kumar, presented in the One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference, held at Curtin University Malaysia, 2018
  5. Numerical simulation of gas-solid two phase flow and ash deposition on an inline bare tube economizer, Rajesh Babu Chunchula, Perumal Kumar, Sukanta Roy, presented in the One Curtin International Postgraduate Conference, held at Curtin University Malaysia, 2018 
  6. Analysis of solar water heater with parabolic dish concentrator and conical absorber, G Rajamohan, P Kumar, M Anwar and T Mohanraj, presented in the SOMChE 2016 held at Miri, Malaysia
  7. The flow dynamics behind a flexible finite cylinder as a flexible agitator, T H Yong, H B Chan, S S Dol, S K Wee and P Kumar, presented in the SOMChE 2016 held at Miri, Malaysia
  8. Development of adaptive soft sensor using locally weighted kernel partial least square model, Wan Sieng Yeo, Agus Saptoro, Perumal Kumar, presented in the SOMChE 2016 held at Miri, Malaysia
  9. Comparison of turbulence models for single sphere simulation study under supercritical fluid condition, Jameson Malang, PKumar and Agus Saptoro, presented in the SOMChE 2016 held at Miri, Malaysia
  10. Numerical studies on the laminar thermal-hydraulic efficiency of water-based Al2O3 nanofluid in circular and non-circular ducts, A Tiong, PKumar and Agus Saptoro, presented in the SOMChE 2016 held at Miri, Malaysia
  11. Viscosity effects on solid circulation rate in a liquid solid circulating fluidized bed, Nirmala Gnanasundaram, Muruganandam Loganathan, Kumar Perumal, presented in the IOGSE 2013 held at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  12. CFD study on the effect of venturi convergent and divergent angles on low pressure wet gas metering, Perumal Kumar and Sim Mei San, presented in the IOGSE 2013 held at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  13. Combining Laboratory Experiment with Numerical Simulation in the teaching of undergraduate Computational Fluid Dynamics: a case study, Perumal Kumar, 2nd International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference, 2013 (Accepted)
  14. Use of weekly quiz a Formative Assessment in two Chemical Engineering Courses, Perumal Kumar and Lau Shiew Wei, 2nd International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference, 2013
  15. Removal of Acid Violet Dye Using Mangosteen Peel, Jagannathan Krishnan and Perumal Kumar, presented in 7th CUTSE Conference 2012, held at Curtin University, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
  16. Mixing Studies in Multi-Functional Heat Exchangers – Reactors, Perumal Kumar, Sylvia Chai Siaw Ting and Jagannathan Krishnan, presented in 7th CUTSE Conference 2012, held at Curtin University, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
  17. Optimization studies on SMX static mixer, poster presentation in CHEMCON 2011 held during Dec 27 – 29, 2011 in Bangalore, India
  18. On the Complementary role of CFD Simulations in Chemical Engineering Curriculum, Kumar, Agus Saptoro and Ujjal Kumar Ghosh, Enhancing Learning: Teaching and Learning Conference Nov 25-26, 2011, held in Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia
  19. Study on mixed convection heat transfer for hydrodynamically developed and thermally developing flow in horizontal ducts with radiation effects, G. Rajamohan, N. Ramesh and P. Kumar, 21st National & 10th ISHMT-ASME Heat and Mass Transfer Conference, December 27-30, 2011, IIT Madras, India
  20. Study on mixed convection heat transfer in vertical ducts with radiation effects, G. Rajamohan, N. Ramesh and P. Kumar, International Conference on Fluids and Thermal Engineering, 2011 (ICFTE 2011), Singapore, September 28-30, 2011
  21. A CFD study of heat transfer enhancement in pipe flow with AL2O3 nanofluid, P. Kumar, International Conference on Fluids and Thermal Engineering, 2011 (ICFTE 2011), Singapore, September 28-30, 2011
  22. An Experimental Study on Mixed Convection Heat Transfer for Thermally Developing Flow in Horizontal Ducts with Radiation Effects, Rajamohan Ganesan, Ramesh Narayanaswamy, Alexander Gorin and Kumar Perumal, ASME/JSME 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA from March 13-17, 2011.
  23. Computational Fluid Dynamics of Mixing in Aerated Bioreactors, L.W.T. Emily, P. Kumar and Y. Samyudia, presented in ICBEC 2010, held in Hong Kong, China
  24. A CFD Study of The Effect of Venturi Geometry on Wet Gas Metering, P. Kumar, presented in CHEMECA 2010 held in Adelaide, Australia
  25. Heat Transfer Intensification in the Laminar Regime with Modified designs of Twisted tape Inserts – A CFD study P. Kumar and Rajamohan Ganesan, presented in CUTSE 09, held at Curtin University, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
  26. CFD modeling of Cross flow membrane filtration – Integration of Filtration Model and Fluid Transport Model E.H. Khor, P. Kumar and Y. Samyudia, presented in CUTSE 09 held at Curtin University, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
  27. CFD approach for nonideally mixed Bioreactor modelling, L.W.T. Emily, Kumar and Y. Samyudia, presented in CUTSE 09, held at Curtin University, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
  28. Analysis of Thermal energy extraction from solar flat plate collector, Rajamohan Ganesan and P. Kumar, presented in CUTSE 09, held at Curtin University, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
  29. Hydrodynamic studies of gas–liquid flow in a Kenics static mixer using CFD, Rajarshi Chakraborti, Priodarshi Chaudhury, Ronack Somani, G.S. Nirmala and P. Kumar, presented in CHEMCON – 2008 held in Chandigarh, India
  30. CFD analysis of heat transfer to laminar non-Newtonian pipe flow with and without twisted tape inserts, Vinod, B., Sathya, T., and Kumar P., presented in the Indian Chemical Engineering Congress, CHEMCON-2007 held in Kolkata, India
  31. CFD modeling of hydrodynamics in a liquid solid circulating fluidized bed, Perarasu, V.T. and Kumar, P. 734 – 740, Proceedings of the 8th International conference on circulating fluidized beds held from May 10 – 13, 2005 in China
  32. Slurry Make-down in a Coaxial Mixer, Tanguy, P. and Kumar P., Mixing XVIII, North American Mixing Forum (2001) held at Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, USA.
  33. CFD modelling and mixing in stirred tanks, A.K. Sahu, P. Kumar, A.W. Patwardhan and J.B. Joshi, ISCRE 15 (1998), held at Newport Beach, CA, USA.
  34. Computational fluid dynamics and Design, J.B. Joshi, R.B. Desai, A.K. Sahu, P. Kumar, D.V. Phanikumar, A.W. Patwardhan, S.S. Thakre, Ch.V. Prasad and V. Raju, International conference on mixing and crystallisation held in Malaysia, 1998.
  35. LDA measurements and CFD simulations of flow generated by impellers in mechanically agitated reactors, A.K. Sahu, P. Kumar and J.B. Joshi, Proceedings of the 7th Asian congress of fluid mechanics (1997), IIT Madras, India.
  36. Reynolds Stress Measurements in Stirred Reactors, P. Kumar, A.K. Sahu and J.B. Joshi, Proceedings of the International conference on Advances in Chemical Engineering (ICAChE-96), IIT Madras, India.
  37. LDA measurements of flow generated by multiple pitched blade turbine, V.P. Mishra, P. Kumar and J.B. Joshi, Proceedings of the 8th European conference on mixing, Cambridge (UK), 465-472, 1993

Research Resource Funding

COMPETITIVE RESEARCH GRANTS

Position

Project Title

Total Amount

No of years

Funding Source

Chief

Investigator

Rheological and Forced convective heat transfer characteristics of some metal oxide nanofluids

RM 10000

2010 – 2011

Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia (CSRF)

Chief Investigator

Effect of Viscoelasticity on the Heat transfer Performance of Al2O3-Water nanofluid

RM 53000

Ministry of Education (MoE), Malaysia (ERGS)

Co Investigator

Improved method for Green house gas capture using solvent systems

RM 20000

2010 – 2012

Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia

Co Investigator

Enhancing undergraduate transport phenomena teaching and learning through combined inductive and deductive approaches

RM 2000

2011 – 2012

Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, CSTIP

Co Investigator

CFD Advanced Lecture Series

RM 2000

2012-2013

Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, CSTIP

Chief Investigator

Action research in CHE 477 CFD

RM 2000

2013-2014

Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia, CSTIP

Chief Investigator

Studies on the effect of viscoelasticity on the heat transfer performance of Al2O3 – water nanofluid in circular and noncircular ducts

RM 10000

2013-2014

Curtin University, Sarawak, Malaysia (CSCR)

Co-Investigator

The analysis of elastic agitator effects to improve energy efficiency in turbulent flow mixing process

RM 69,800

2013 – 2015

 

Ministry of Education (MoE), Malaysia, (FRGS)

Co Investigator

Impact of hydrogen donor in Deep Eutectic solvent on the partitioning efficiency of Aromatics from Hydrocarbons

RM 64500

2014 – 2016

Ministry of Education (MoE), Malaysia, (FRGS)

Chief Investigator

The effect of reaction on the Hydrodynamics and Mass Transfer rate in Rotating Packed Bed for CO2 capture by Absorption

RM 86 000

2019 – 2021

Ministry of Education (MoE), Malaysia, (FRGS)

Co Investigator

Flow Physics Modelling and Design Optimization of an Exhaust-air Energy Extractor in the Cooling Tower Applications

RM 100 ooo

2019 – 2020

Ministry of Education (MoE), (FRGS)

Professional Associations

  • Fellow and Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), The Institution of Engineers (Australia)
  • Fellow and CEng, Institution of Engineers (India)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK)
  • Associate Member, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE, UK)
  • Member Institution of Chemical Engineers (India)
  • Member, HERDSA (Australia)
  • Member Indian Society for Heat and Mass Transfer (ISHMT)
  • Member, Malaysia Membrane Society

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