Yam Ke San

Dr. Yam Ke Sen

PhD, MSc (CFD), BSc (Mech), MIEM

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

Contact Details Telephone: +60 85 443939 Extn: 2427 | Location: Skylark (SK3)-355 | Email: yamks@curtin.edu.my

Research Profiles: Google Scholar

Research Interests: Thermo-Fluids, Multiphase Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, Sustainable Energy


Dr Yam Ke San joined Curtin University Malaysia as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in October 2015. He previously has worked as a researcher at the Department of Oil and Gas Engineering at Cranfield University, UK. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Nottingham University and his MSc and PhD from Leeds University, UK.


Professional Experience

  • Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (10/2015 – Till date)
  • Research Fellow, Cranfield University, UK (09/2013 – 09/2015)


Professional Affiliation

  • Graduate Member, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)
  • Graduate Member, Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM)


Additional Professional Activities

  • Committee member of IEM Young Engineer Section Miri Branch, term 2016/17, 2017/18
  • Co-Chair, International Conference on Materials Technology and Energy
  • Organizing Committee member, 1st OCPC International Conference 2017, Malaysia


Subjects Taught

  • Fundamental of Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer and Applied Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fundamentals of Strength of Materials


Research Supervision

  • 10 UG (Completed), 8 UG (Ongoing)




  1. Yam, K., Bourdillon, A., Sawko R., Thompson, C.P.. Modelling Solidification of Binary Mixtures in Cavity and Channel Flows. Journal of Computational Thermal Sciences, (accepted).

  2. Yam, K., Siong, R.T.F. and Chen, V.L.C., 2018. Numerical Study on Erosion of a Pipe Bend with a Vortex Chamber. Particulate Science and Technology (accepted).

  3. K Yam, AD Burns, DB Ingham, and WD McCaffrey, 2013. Influence of lift force on the settling velocities of rotating particles in two-dimensional shear flow. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 139(12):1277– 1285.

  4. K Yam, William D McCaffrey, Derek B Ingham, and Alan D Burns, 2011. Cfd modelling of selected laboratory turbidity currents. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 49(5):657–666.

  5. K Yam, SD Harris, DB Ingham, and I Pop, 2009. Boundary-layer flow of Reiner–Philippoff fluids last a stretching wedge. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 44(10):1056–1062.


 Conference Proceedings

  1. Lee, V.C.C. and San Yam, K., 2017, August. Introduction of OpenStudio® for Work Integrated Learning: Case Study on Building Energy Modelling. In Asian Simulation Conference (pp. 349-358). Springer, Singapore.

  2. Yam, K.S., Yem, W.L. and Lee, V.C.C., 2017. Evaluation of the Passive Cooling Strategies for Pei Min Sport Complex. In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (Vol. 217, No. 1, p. 012025). IOP Publishing.


Student Projects


  1. Ricky Thien, CFD Analysis on Erosion of a 90 degree Pipe Bend with a Vortex Chamber.
  2. Johnson Phua, Numerical study on Drag Reduction of Simplified Body Using Synthetic Jet.
  3. Chiew Lun Khiong, Cfd analysis on roll damping of a conventional boat with t-shaped bilge keels.
  4. Abang Hazwan, Heat transfer performance of new fin geometries of plate and tube heat exchanger.
  5. Jason Lo, Computational Study of Indoor Air Flow: A Squash Court Case Study.
  6. Yem Weng Li, Computational study of indoor air temperature: A squash court case study.
  7. Pui Jing Yien, Review of steam rankine cycle with sarawak palm oil biomass source for power generation.
  8. Robert Hii, Enhancing gas-solid fluidized bed reactor using inclined swirling distributor: effect of slot’s angle of inclination.
  9. Chieng Khai Yew, Retrofit Design to Improve Mixing in a Circulating Fluidized Bed.
  10. Haniff Ahmad Shah, Numerical analysis of various wavy fin and tube heat exchanger with vortex generators.

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