Mechanical Engineering

Prof Ramanarayanan Balachandran

Prof Ramanarayanan Balachandran

Professor of Energy Technologies

Dept of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
15th Nov 2005

Research summary

Professor Balachandran’s research interests are in the areas of energy and combustion science relevant to propulsion and power generation. His expertise lies in experimental combustion and multiphase flow applicable to internal combustion (IC) and gas turbine (GT) engines, in particular, on fuels and fuel additives; on spray formation, evaporation & combustion in diesel, gasoline IC engines and also in GT combustors; on combustion dynamics in GT combustors; on combustion in micro-engines; on development and application of space & time-resolved laser diagnostics for flow and flame; on alternative fuels (including Hydrogen and Ammonia); and on pollutant formation and mitigation.

Teaching summary

Ramanarayanan Balachandran is one of the tutors for the following module: MECH0005 - Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics.


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2005
Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2003
Madurai Kamaraj University
First Degree, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) | 1998


Professor Ramanarayanan Balachandran is Professor of Energy Technologies at University College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering (with distinction), from Madurai Kamaraj University, India and his Master’s research degree in Aerospace engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, for his research on pulse combustor and its application to spray evaporation and incineration. He subsequently joined Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED), received his PhD and also conducted post-doctoral research in the areas of combustion instabilities and laser diagnostics. 

Professor Balachandran publishes his research outputs in international high impact conferences and journals. He has received number of national and international awards including Research Excellence Award (2020) and Distinguished Paper on Turbulent Flames (2015) from the Combustion Institute, Sugden Award (2011) from the Combustion Institute British Section, Most Cited Author Award (2008) from Combustion and Flame (Elsevier Publications) and Instrumentation Award (2004) from Scientific Instrument Makers Company.