Sukanta Roy

Dr. Sukanta Roy

Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering

FHEA (UK), MIE CEng(I), MASME, PhD, MTech, BEng (Mech) 

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

Contact Details Telephone: +60 85 443939 Extn: 2505 | Location: Skylark (SK3)-454 | Email:

Research Profiles: Scopus, ResearcherID, Google Scholar, ORCID, Publons, ResearchGate, Personal Website

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 the Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering of Curtin University, Malaysia Campus since March 2019. He is a Fellow of Advance Higher Education (HEA), UK and award winner of Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2019. He has joined Curtin University, Malaysia Campus as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science in September 2017 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in December 2019. Prior to joining Curtin University, 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 HDR supervisor at Curtin University, Australia for Doctoral and Master Thesis. His research interests include Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Wind Turbine Aerodynamics and Hydro-kinetic Turbines, Turbo-machinery, Renewable Energy, and Heat  Transfer Applications. 


Professional Experience

  • Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (03/2019 – Till date)
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (12/2019 – Till date)
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (09/2017 – 11/2019)
  • 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

  • Curtin Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2019
  • Fellow, Advance Higher Education (HEA), UK (2019)
  • Golden Globe Tigers Award 2019 for Educational Leadership (2019)
  • 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

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), since 2011
  • The Institute of Engineers (India), since 2007
  • Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), since 2019
  • Advance Higher Education (HEA), since 2019


Departmental/Institutional Responsibilities

  • Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science,  Curtin University Malaysia (March 2019 – Till date) 
  • Chairperson, Student Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC) for Mechanical Engineering (March 2019 – Till date) 
  • Chairperson, Industry Advisory Panel, Mechanical Engineering (March 2019 – Till date) 
  • Program Coordinator, Engineering First Year, Faculty of Engineering and Science,  Curtin University Malaysia (Jan 2019 – March 2019)
  • Organizing Secretary and Editor, 2nd International Conference on Materials Technology and Energy (ICMTE 2019)
  • Faculty_In charge, Website & IT Committee (Mechanical Engineering), Curtin University Malaysia (2018 – Till date)
  • IonCUDOS Coordinator, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University Malaysia ((2018 – Till date)
  • Member, Industrial Training and External Relations Committee, Curtin University Malaysia (2018 – March 2019)
  • Member, Accreditation Committee (Mechanical Engineering), Curtin University Malaysia (2018 – Till date)
  • Member, Marketing Committee, Curtin University Malaysia (2018 – Till date)
  • Chair (Mechanical Engineering), Reviewer & Organizing Member, 1st OCPC International Conference 2017, Malaysia
  • Reviewer & Organizing Member, 2nd OCPC International Conference 2018, Malaysia
  • Reviewer, 11th CUTSE International Conference 2018, Malaysia


Additional Professional Activities

  • Reviewer, Energy (Elsevier), IF: 5.537
  • Reviewer, Applied Energy (Elsevier), IF: 7.182 
  • Reviewer, Energy Conversion and Management (Elsevier), IF: 5.589
  • Reviewer, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (Elsevier), IF:2.689 
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Energy Research (Wiley), IF: 2.598 
  • Reviewer, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (AIP), IF:1.337
  • Reviewer, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering (ASME), IF: 1.190
  • Reviewer, Energies (MDPI), IF: 2.676
  • Reviewer, Water (MDPI), IF: 1.832  
  • Reviewer, Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics (Inderscience), IF: 0.329
  • Reviewer, Geological Society of America Bulletin (GeoScienceWorld), IF: 4.212
  • Reviewer, Renewable Energy Focus (Elsevier)
  • Reviewer, International Energy Journal (AIT)
  • Reviewer, Designs (MDPI)
  • Reviewer, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments (Elsevier) 


Subjects Taught

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


Research Supervision

  • 2 PhD (Ongoing)
  • 1 MPhil (Completed), 2 MPhil (Ongoing)
  • 8 UG (Completed),  6 UG (Ongoing)


Research and Collaboration Opportunities: 

  • Performance enhancement of airfoils through surface roughness and trailing flaps
  • Design optimization and flow physics modelling of exhaust-air energy extractors for cooling tower applications
  • Aerodynamic analysis of small-scale wind turbines for off-grid rural applications
  • Minimization of wake momentum deficit and enhancement of aerodynamic performance through multiple wind turbine interaction
  • Experimental study on the heat transfer enhancement using passive control techniques
  • Flow physics modelling of passive control techniques using numerical simulations
  • Aerodynamic analysis of offshore wind turbines using DMST and non-linear lifting line theory
  • Design, fabrication and characterization of small-scale wind tunnel in Curtin University Malaysia
  • Flow Physics modelling of micro hydro-kinetic turbines for rivers/channels in Malaysia
  • Design and performance improvement of hydro-kinetic turbines through numerical simulations
  • 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


Research Grants/Consultancy Projects/Teaching & Learning  Grants

1. Flow Physics Modelling and Design Optimization of an Exhaust-air Energy Extractor in the Cooling Tower Applications; FRGS Research Grant 2018, Total Amount: RM 100,000.00; Funded by Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Govt. of Malaysia. Role: Principal Investigator

2. First Year Students’ Active Learning Experiences through Engagement with Indigenous Community-based Projects; Curtin Malaysia Teaching Innovation Project ( CMTIP) Grant 2019, Total Amount: RM 2,000.00; Funded by Curtin University Malaysia. Role: Principal Investigator

3. Inspiring and motivating university first year students through interactive and personalised learning experiences, real life exposure and blended pedagogical approach. 2019 Curtin Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award. Total Amount: AUD 2,000.00; Funded by Curtin University Australia. Role: Principal Investigator




  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: 7.181 

  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: 5.439

  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: 7.181 

  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: 8.426

  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: 7.181

  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: 10.556

  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: 1.694


Conference Proceedings

  1. Y.K. San, G. Chiew, V.C.C. Lee, and S. Roy, 2018, Analysis on rolling damping of a conventional boat fitted with T-shaped bilge keels. International Conference on Aeronautical, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AAME 2018), Jun 6-8, Malaysia. MATEC Web Conf.: Mechanical Design Manufacturing and Automation, Volume 202, pp. 02007 (1–5). doi:10.1051/matecconf/201820202007

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.


Book/ Book Chapters

  1. S. Roy, 2018, “Aerodynamic Performance Evaluation of a Novel Savonius-Style Wind Turbine Through Unsteady Simulations and Wind Tunnel Experiments”, Lap Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, ISBN: 9783659455582

  2. 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. ISBN: 9781606504840


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.


Supervision of Students’ Projects

PhD (Reverse order)

2. Gavin Scott Manggai Van Straten, Design and Optimization of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Arm for Offshore Applications. (Ongoing)

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


MPhil by Research (Reverse order)

3. Reuben Brandon Lee Huan Chung, Flow Physics Modelling and Design Optimization of an Exhaust-air Energy Extractor in the Cooling Tower Applications. (Ongoing)

2. Pavitri Apparavoo, Solar Chimney Power Plant Enhancement for Uninterrupted Power Generation using Auxiliary Absorber for Flue Gas Waste Heat Recovery. (Ongoing)

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


UG (Reverse order)

14. Mohammad Khuzairy Bin Mohammad Alwi, Experimental study on the Heat Transfer Enhancement using Serrated fins. (Ongoing)

13. Wong Seik Tai, Design, 3D Printing and Fabrication of Wind Turbine Blades for Cooling Tower Applications. (Ongoing)

12. Jeff Bassey Okoi, Numerical Study on varying Overlap Ratio of Elliptic Savonious Rotors. (Ongoing)

11. Thanesh Manickam, The Effect of Surface Roughness and Trailing Flaps on S809 and NACA 4412 airfoils. (Ongoing)

10. Enderaaj Singh, Flow Physics Modelling of an Exhaust-air Energy Extractor for Cooling Tower Applications. (Ongoing)

9. Mohd Anthony Armand Zain Bin, Performance Analysis of Modified Savonious Hydro-kinetic Turbines under Augmented Flow for Rural Applications. (Ongoing)

8. Terrence Lim Chun Fei, Enhancement of Heat Transfer in the Cylindrical Pipe Flow using Hexagonal Perforated Twisted Tapes. (Completed 2019)

7. Sean Chai Wei Jha, Design of a Sub-Sonic Wind Tunnel in Curtin University, Malaysia. (Completed 2019)

6. Toh Chee Yong, Minimization of Wake Momentum Deficit and Enhancement of Aerodynamic Performance through Multi Wind Turbine Interaction. (Completed 2019)

5. Hwong Nai Zeng, Aerodynamic Analysis of Offshore Wind Turbines Using Non-Linear Lifting Line Theory. (Completed 2019)

4. Christopher Chia Xiao Hui, Numerical Simulation of Contraction Cone Design for Wind Tunnel using ANSYS Fluent Software. (Completed 2018)

3. Chin Bei Yi, Aerodynamic Analysis of Off-grid Wind Turbines to Optimize the Turbine Solidity Ratio. (Completed 2018)

2. Lim Shen Xian, Performance Study of Cross Flow Type Micro Hydro-kinetic Turbines for Rural Applications. (Completed 2018)

1. Yong Sheau Chin, Enhancement of Nusselt Convection in Laminar and Turbulent Flow inside a Horizontal Cylinder using Hexagonal Perforated Tubes. (Completed 2018) 

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