Prof. R.A. Attalage

Contact information

Address

Deputy Vice Chancellor,

University of Moratuwa

Moratuwa

10400

Office
Extension
1011
Primary Email
dvc@uom.lk
Other Emails
rattalage@hotmail.com

Teaching and Administrative Activities

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Air-conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Energy Technology & Environment
  • Energy Conservation
  • Heat & Mass Transfer

 

Postgraduate:

  • Energy Sources
  • Transfer Processes
  • Energy Conservation & Management
  • Solar Energy
  • Building Energy
  • Waste Heat Recovery & Upgrading of Thermal Systems
Administrative Activities
Head Dept of Mechanical Engineering, UoM, 2002-2005
Chairman National Institute of Fisheries & Nautical Engineering, Sri Lanka, 2004-2005
Director, Board of Directors Sri Lanka Transports Board, 2006
Director, Local Technical Secretariat (LTS) of the University of Moratuwa for the World Bank IRQUE project, under the Ministry of Higher Education, 2006-2010
Director, Postgraduate Studies Division, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, 2008-2012
Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, 2009 to date
Director, Operational Technical Secretariat (OTS) of the University of Moratuwa for the World Bank HETC project, under the Ministry of Higher Education, 2011-2012

Research Activities

Research Supervision

Ongoing Postgraduate Researches

  • Solar pond based thermal energy utilization for desalination of water
  • Aspects of building envelop for optimizing energy performance in buildings
  • Optimizing internal combustion generator based stand-alone hybrid energy systems
  • Analysis of building envelops to optimize energy efficiency as per code of practice for energy efficient buildings in Sri Lanka.
  • Heat exchange across multi-façade roof structures for residential buildings
  • Simulating performance of sub-systems of a combined cycle power plant
  • Analysis of CDM potential in thermal power generation sector of Sri Lanka
  • Modeling and verification of performance of an innovative Tea Dryer

Ongoing Undergraduate Researches

  • Intelligent lighting controlling system for office & residential environments
  • Development of a small scale vapour absorption system

Education and Training

Education
PhD in Energy Engineering, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France, 1992
Masters Degree in Energy Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1986
Degree of Profound Studies (D.E.A), Energy Engineering, Ecole des Mines de Paris, 1988
Bachelor of the Science of Engineering (Hons), Mechanical Engineering Specialization, Univ of Moratuwa, 1982
Training / Work Experience
Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA, 2010

Career

Professional Affiliations
Chartered Engineer, Member of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 2009
Corporate Member, Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association, 1993
Member, Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science, 2005
Member, American Society of Heating Refigeration & Air-conditioning Engineers, 2010
Fellow, Lanka Association of Building Services Engineers, 2011
Positions Held
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UoM, 2003 to date
Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UoM, 1993-2003
Visiting Professor, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, 2006-2008
Visiting Faculty Energy Program Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1998-1999
Professional Assignments
Rotating Equipment Engineer at State Fertilizer Manufacturing Corporation, Sri Lanka, 1982-1985

Honours and Awards

Honours and Awards
DAAD Scholarship for postgraduate studies at the Asian Institute of Technology, 1985
French Government Scholarship for Doctoral studies in France, 1986
Outstanding Research Award, University of Moratuwa 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Publications*

Publications

Journal Publications:

 

  • A. T. D. Perera, D. M. I. J. Wickremasinghe, D. V. S. Mahindarathna, R. A. Attalage, K. K. C. K. Perera, and E. M. Bartholameuz, Sensitivity of internal combustion generator capacity in standalone hybrid energy systems, Energy, Vol 30, 2012
  • K.T. Jayasinghe and R A Attalage, Performance Analysis of  Hot Air Generating Systems in Tea Industry of  Sri Lanka, IESL Transactions, October 2008
  • S. Divakara and R.A. Attalage, Assessment of Embedded Energy in Manufacturing Wall Tiles Using Two Technologies in Sri Lanka, IESL Transactions, October 2007
  • Kanchana Siriwardena, Priyantha D C Wijayatunga, W J L S Fernando, Ram M Shrestha, Rahula A Attalage Economy wide emission impact of carbon and energy tax in electricity supply industry: A case study on Sri Lanka, Energy Conservation and Management, Elsevier Publications, 2007
  • Priyantha D C Wijayatunga, Kanchana Siriwardena, Rahula A Attalage, W J L S Fernando, Ram M Shrestha, Policies for Clean and Energy Efficient Technologies, Journal of the Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association, April 2006
  • Priyantha D C Wijayatunga, Kanchana Siriwardena, W J L S Fernando, Ram M Shrestha, Rahula A Attalage, Strategies to Overcome Barriers for Cleaner Generation Technologies in Small Developing Power Systems: Sri Lanka Case Study, Energy Conservation and Management, Elsevier Publications, Vol 47, Issue 9-10, 2006
  • P D C Wijayatunga and R A Attalage, Socio-economic Impact of Solar Home Systems in Rural Sri Lanka: A case Study, Energy for Sustainable Development, Vol IX No 2, June 2005

 

Conference Publications:

 

  • A.T.D. Perera, D.M.I.J. Wickremasinghe, D. Mahindarathna, R.A. Attalage, K.K.C.K. Perera, and E.M. Bartholameuz, How does the internal generator capacity and power supply reliability effect hybrid energy system sizing?, 16th ERU symposium, Engineering Research Unit, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka: 2010
  • A. T. D. Perera, R. A. Attalage and K. K. C. K. Perera, Multi objective optimization of lifecycle cost, unmet load and renewable energy capacity for an expansion of existing standalone internal combustion generator systems, ASME 2011- 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Washington, DC, USA, 2011
  • A.T.D. Perera, D.M.I.J. Wickremasinghe, D. Mahindarathna, R. A. Attalage, K. K. C. K. Perera, and E. M. Bartholameuz, Novel simulation based evolutionary optimization algorithm to design stand-alone hybrid energy systems, 3rd International Conference on Computer Modeling and Simulation (ICCMS-IEEE 2011), Mumbai-India: 2011
  • A.T.D. Perera, D.M.I.J. Wickremasinghe, D. Mahindarathna, R.A. Attalage, K.K.C.K. Perera, and E.M. Bartholameuz, Determining wind turbine capacity for expansion of off grid Internal Combustion Generators (ICG) system: why it becomes challenging?, 2nd IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies, Kandy- Sri Lanka,  2010. 
  • V. Ralapanava, M.T.R. Jayasinghe, C. Jayasinghe, R. Emmanuel and R.A. Attalage, “Recent Development of Eco-Technology in Sri Lanka: Case of MAS Thurulie project for Green Manufacturing of Apparels”, 15th Asian Symposium on Eco Technology (ASET15), Kanazawa, Japan, 18-19 October 2008
  • H. Homma, N. Ikeda and R.A. Attalage, “Strengthening University-Industry linkage in Developing Countries Through International Cooperation: Case of Sri Lanka Through Cooperation of Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan”, International Joint Conferences on Computer, Information and System Sciences and Engineering, CISSE, Co-sponsored by IEEE, University of Bridgeport, USA, Dec 3-13 2007

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