Pravendra Kumar

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering

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2022-Present: Assistant Professor

Research Areas

  • Plasma-assisted ignition/combustion
  • Microwave-enhanced laser induced plasma ignition
  • Clean and renewable energy, and sustainable aviation fuels/biofuels
  • Electric propulsion (electrospray and field emission electric propulsion: FEEP)
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Micro-combustors, and portable power generation
  • Oxygen generating unit (pressure swing adsorption)

Selected Journal Publications

  • Pravendra Kumar, Chanearl Kwon, Kybeom Kwon, and Jack J. Yoh. “On the cone-to-jet transition region and its significance in electrospray propulsion.” Acta Astronautica (2023)
  • Pravendra Kumar, Yuya Yamaki, Jeonghoon Lee, Shinji Nakaya, and Mitsuhiro Tsue. “Effects of microwave radiation on laser induced plasma ignition of n-butane/air mixture under atmospheric conditions.” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 38, no. 4 (2021): 6593-6603
  • Ezhil Kumar, P. K., Pravendra Kumar, and D. P. Mishra. “Experimental investigation on the performance characteristics of a 2D trapped vortex combustor.” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering 230, no. 10 (2016): 1840-1847
  • Pravendra Kumar and D. P. Mishra, Numerical Investigation of Merged and Non-merged Flame of a Twin Cavity Annular Trapped Vortex Combustor, Carbon – Sci. Tech. 8/3, 118-128, 2016

Research Projects

  • In-situ application of plasma discharge for sustainable aviation fuels/biofuels combustion
    • Dielectric barrier discharge/microwave
    • Sustainable aviation fuels/biofuels
    • Swirl burner
  • Capacity building for human resource development in Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone and related Technology)

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Awards & Recognitions

  • 2021-2022: BK21 Post-doctoral Fellowship, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • 2021/1-2021/9: National Post-doctoral Fellowship, IIT Bombay, Government of India
  • 2017-2020: National Overseas Scholarship, Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, Government of India
  • 2020-Presnet: Member of Combustion Society of Japan, Japan
  • 2020-Present: Member of Combustion Institute, Japan Section
  • 2012: 18th University Rank, Gautam Buddha Technical University, Lucknow
  • 2009: 2nd Academic Prize, Government Polytechnic Ghaziabad