Dr. Mahinsasa Narayana

Contact information

Address

University of Moratuwa

Katubedda

Moratuwa

10400

Extension
4017
Primary Email
mahinsasa@uom.lk

Teaching and Administrative Activities

Teaching

CH4043 - Process Dynamics and Control

CH4060 - Process Modelling and Simulation

CH4640 - Renewable Energy Engineering

CH3080 - Computer aided chemical engineering

CH 5412 - Numerical optimization with optimization software

Administrative Activities
Semester coordinator - Semester 8
Programme coordinator - M.Sc in Sustainable process Engineering

Research Activities

Research Supervision
  • PhD,  (Full time by research), Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa Thesis on, “Numerical Simulation of Thermally-thick biomass combustion in packed beds” (in progress)

  • MSc (Full time by research), Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa Thesis on “Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling of  thermo-chemical processes in an updraft biomass Gasifier” (2015)
  • MSc (Full time by research), Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa Thesis on “Analysis of Wood Chip Combustion System for Hot air Generation in the Industrial Drying Process” (2015)
  • M.Sc,  (Full time by research)  of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa Thesis on, “Effect of turbulence of the freeboard on fluidized bed biomass combustion” (in progress)
  • M.Sc,  (Full time by research)  Department “Numerical Simulation of Thermally-thick biomass combustion in packed beds” (in progress)
  • MSc dissertation (taught course), Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa Thesis on, "CFD modelling of a centrifuge for oil seperation" (2017)
  • MSc dissertation (taught course), Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa Thesis on, “Implementing a Simulator for a Process Plant with Control System” (2014)
  • MSc dissertation (taught course), Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa Thesis on, “Analysis and Optimization of Cyclone Separators by Using RANS” (2014)
  • MSc dissertation (taught course), Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa Thesis on, “Development Of Updraft Gasifier And Performance Analysis for Different Types of Biomass Materials” (2015)
  • MSc dissertation (taught course), Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa Thesis on, “Assessment of Environmental Impact for Accidental Release of Heavy Gas” (2016)
Key Research Areas
Controls and estimation
Modelling and simulations
Energy and environment
Computational Fluid Dynamics

Education and Training

Education
B.Sc. (Eng.), M.phil. (Eng.), C .Eng, PhD (UK)
Training / Work Experience
Training on Renewable Energy, “Micro Hydro Power for Rural Development” at Bandung, Indonesia, organized by the Government of Republic of Indonesia, Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific (CIRDAP)
The short course on “Hydrological Modelling”, conducted by the department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya and Peradeniya Engineering faculty alumni association.
Training workshop “Design and Implementation of Renewable Based Hybrid Power Systems” organized by the United States Agency for International Development, the Energy Conservation Fund and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA
Training in Quality Management of Steel Fabrication at Kitakyushu International Techno-cooperation Association, Kitakyushu, Japan, organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Training on the Wind Atlas Analysis and Application Program (WAsP), organized by the Riso National Laboratory, Denmark and TERI, India.
Training Programme and Short Course on industrial Mathematics and Its Application (Mathematical Modeling) Sponsored by UNESCO, New Delhi, India. Organized by The Department of Mathematics, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Training Programme of Design and Analysis of Experiments. Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Participated in the Short Course of FEM techniques & Computer -Aided Design. At CAD/CAM Center, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Advance training in the fields of “Grid Connected Wind Energy Converters” and “Wind Farm Design & Economic Calculation” at the German Wind Energy Institute (DEWI), Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Management Training. Jansky Institut/Marketek, Cologne, Germany
Technical course on “Embedded Control Systems – Mechatronics”, 2005, Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies.

Career

Professional Affiliations
University of Moratuwa
Positions Held
Senior Lecturer

Publications*

Publications
  • Perera, K.U.C. & Narayana, M., (2018). Kissinger method: the sequential approach and DAEM for kinetic study of rubber and gliricidia wood. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka. 46(2), pp.187–196. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v46i2.8419
  • Udawattha DS, Kasthurige SE, Narayana M (2017) Graphene in the Form of Liquid Suspension by Shear Exfoliation of Liquids: Stability Study of Gasoline, Diesel, Kerosene and Water Based Nanofluids Containing Graphene Nanolayers. J Nanomater Mol Nanotechnol 6:5. doi: 10.4172/2324-8777.1000232
  • Udawattha, Dilan S.; Narayana, “Development of a Model for Predicting the Effective Thermal Conductivity of Nanofluids: A Reliable Approach for Nanofluids Containing Spherical Nanoparticles,” J. Nanofluids, vol. 7, no. 1, p. 129–140(12), 2018. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/asp/jon/2018/00000007/00000001/art00015
  • D. S. Udawattha, M. Narayana, and U. P. L. Wijayarathne, “Predicting the effective viscosity of nanofluids based on the rheology of suspensions of solid particles,” J. King Saud Univ. - Sci., Sep. 2017. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1018364717307681
  • M. Narayana, K. M. Sunderland, G. Putrus, and M. F. Conlon, “Adaptive linear prediction for optimal control of wind turbines,” Renew. Energy, vol. 113, pp. 895–906, 2017. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148117305463
  • N. Fernando, M. Narayana, and W. A. M. K. P. Wickramaarachchi, “The effects of air velocity, temperature and particle size on low-temperature bed drying of wood chips,” Biomass Convers. Biorefinery, pp. 1–13, 2017. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13399-017-0257-7
  • Niranjan Fernando and Mahinsasa Narayana, A comprehensive two dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics model for an updraft biomass gasifier, Renewable Energy , Volume 99, 1 December 2016, Pages 698-710. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148116306723
  • Rajika.J.K.A.Thamali and Mahinsasa Narayana, Modelling and simulation of wood chip combustion in a hot air generator system, SpringerPlus, Volume 5, Issue 1, 1 December 2016, Article number 1166, http://springerplus.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40064-016-2817-x
  • Keith M. Sunderland , Mahinsasa Narayana, Ghanim Putrus, Michael F. Conlon and Steve McDonald, The cost of energy associated with micro wind generation: International case studies of rural and urban installations, Energy Volume 109, 15 August 2016, Pages 818–829.  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544216306557
  • M. Narayana , G.A. Putrus, M. Jovanovic, P.S. Leung, S. McDonald,  Generic maximum power point tracking controller for small-scale wind turbines, Volume 44, August 2012, Pages 72–79, Renewable Energy,  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S096014811200002X
  • M Narayana, G A Putrus, Ken Leung, M Jovanovic and S McDonald, Development of a Model to Investigate the Yaw Behaviour of Small Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, Part A, Journal of Power and Energy (Proc IMechE J Power Energ). February 2012 vol. 226 no. 1 pp 86-97. http://pia.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/11/06/0957650911421854.abstract?rss
  • M. Narayana, "Validation of Wind Resource Assessment Model (WRAM) map of Sri Lanka, using measured data, and evaluation of wind power generation potential in the country," Energy for Sustainable Development, vol. 12, pp. 64-68, 2008. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0973082608604214
  • M. Narayana and Kapila Peiris, ”Investigation of the Behaviour of a Tilted Up Type Control System of a Small Wind Turbine”, Engineer journal - Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Vol: XLI. No.02, 2006
  • M. Narayana and A.G.T Sugathapala, Performance of the High Solidity Wind Turbines in Low Wind Potential Sites of Sri Lanka. Engineer journal - Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka. Vol: XXXVIII. No.01, pp.7–15, 2005. 
  • K. Peiris, M. Narayana, and S. Wijesinghe, Ecosystem based indigenous water management. Colombo: National Science Foundation, 2008 (Book: ISBN: 9789555900829).
  • D. G. C. Wickramasinghe, M. Narayana, and A. D. U. S. Amarasinghe, “Numerical Simulation of Suspension Biomass Combustor with Two Chambers,” in 2018 Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference (MERCon), 2018, pp. 226–230. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8421947/
  • D. G. C. Wickramasinghe , M. Narayana , A. D. U. S. Amarasinghe, Eulerian-Lagrangian Approach for Modeling of Biomass Fluidized Bed Combustion, The “Vidulka” Energy Exhibition and Symposium, 2017
  • W.A.M.K.P.Wickramaarachchi and M.Narayana, Numerical Modelling of Thermally Thick Biomass Particle Pyrolysis, The “Vidulka” Energy Exhibition and Symposium, 2017
  • K.U.C. Perera, M. Narayana, Finite Volume Analysis of Biomass Particle Pyrolysis, MERCON 2017, IEEE Conference at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=7980514
  • A.R.L.Mendis, A.D.U.S.Amarasinghe and M.Narayana, Particle Modelling for Convective Drying of Copra, MERCON 2017, IEEE Conference at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=7980447
  • Rathnayake, T. Jayasena, S., Narayana, M. “OpenFOAM on GPUs using AmgX”, Simulation Series, Volume 49, Issue 3, 2017, Pages 141-15225th High Performance Computing Symposium, HPC 2017, Part of the 2017 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference, SpringSim 2017; Virginia Beach; United States; 23 April 2017 through 26 April 2017; Code 127914, http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3108096.3108109
  • W.A.M.K.P. Wickramaarachchi and M. Narayana, “Effect of Climate Change on Wind Power Generation in North of Sri Lanka” 6th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Sciences (SEES 2017). 6th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Sciences (SEES 2017),  doi: 10.5176/2251-189X_SEES17.32  http://dl4.globalstf.org/?wpsc-product=effect-of-climate-change-on-wind-power-generation-in-north-of-sri-lanka
  • M. Amin, W. A. M. K. P. Wickramaarachchi, and M. Narayana, “Performance analysis of updraft gasifier,” 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Energy Engineering and Application (ICSEEA). pp. 61–65, 2016. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7873568/
  • E. M. E. K. Ekanayake ; J. A. Weliwita ; S. Witharana ; J. K. A. T. Rajika ; M. Narayana, “The impact of the upwind angle for a wind-driven iron smelting furnace in Sri Lanka” in Proceedings of the 1st Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering Symposium (MIES), 22-22 Oct. 2016, Colombo, Sri Lank http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7780264/
  • Thilina Rathnayake Sanath Jayasena and Mahinsasa Narayana, Speeding Up OpenFOAM Using GPUs, 5th European Seminar on Computing, Czech Republic, June 5 - 10, 2016, http://www.esco2016.femhub.com/media/ESCO2016_Book_of_Abstracts.pdf
  • Wickramaarachchi, W.A.M.K.P., Narayana, M. Impact of climate change on wind energy generation in Mannar-Sri Lanka, MERCON 2016, IEEE Conference at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7480146/
  • De Silva, M.S.M., Narayana, M. Analysis and derivation of optimum operating conditions of Lapple cyclone separator by using CFD, MERCON 2016, IEEE Conference at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=7480140
  • Fernando, N., Narayana, M. Limiting value of Reynolds Averaged Simulation in numerical prediction of flow over NACA4415 airfoil, MERCON 2016, IEEE Conference at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=7480136
  • Mendis, A.R.L., Amarasinghe, A.D.U.S., Narayana, M, Numerical simulation of the moisture diffusion in copra drying process, MERCON 2016, IEEE Conference at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=7480138
  • Keith Sunderland,  Mahinsasa Narayana,  Ghanim Putrus  and Michael Conlon, Levelised cost of energy analysis: A comparison of urban (micro) wind turbines and solar PV systems, Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), 2016 51st International Universities, 6-9 Sept. 2016, Coimbra, Portugal,  https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8114097/
  • Niranjan Fernando, Muhammad Amin , Mahinsasa Narayana , Thamali Jayawickrama , Asadumllah and  Sanath Jayasena, A mathematical model for pyrolysis of biomass, MERCON 2015, IEEE Conference at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=7112311
  • Kumbalathara, A.A.K.; Liyanage, D.D. Witharana, S. Rajika, J.K.A.T. Narayana, M.; Fernando, K.C.N, .Simulation of ancient wind-driven iron smelting furnaces of Sri Lanka, Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference (MERCon), 2015 http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=7112312
  • Pieris, K.; Vitharana, P.; Narayana, M.; Perera, K.U.C.; Perera, S., Introduction of flap gates for anicuts in wet zone, Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference (MERCon), 2015, Pages: 45 – 49. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=7112318
  • G. K. G.S. Kumara and M. Narayana, “Development of Liquid Level Controller by Using Signal Processing System”,  SAITM 5th International Research Symposium on Engineering Advancements, RSEA 2015, http://www.saitm.edu.lk/fac_of_eng/RSEA/SAITM_RSEA_2015/index.htm
  • Muhammad Amin, Mahinsasa Narayana, Comparative study of energy potential of mango pit as biomass with coconut shell ginisyria & mixture in laboratory scale developed updraft gasifier,  SAITM 5th International Research Symposium on Engineering Advancements, RSEA 2015
  • W.A.M.K.P.Wickramaarachchi, P.M.A.M.K.Wickramasinghe and Mahinsasa Narayana, P. W. Vidanage,  Linear Wind Flow Model In Puttalam Region,  SAITM 5th International Research Symposium on Engineering Advancements, RSEA 2015
  • M. Narayana, P. W. Vidanage and H. H. M. P. Rathnayake, Linear Prediction of wind speed Variation in a Wind Power Plant in Sri Lanka, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. 2014, pp285-291.
  • Peiris. W.K.P, Narayana. M, Perera. K.U.C and Nadeeshani. E, “The Reality of Development and Second Law of Thermodynamics”, The National Energy Symposium 2014, Sri Lanka
  • M Narayana and G A C M Perera, Prediction of Power Fluctuations from Wind Power Plants in Sri Lanka by an autoregressive model, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. 2013, pp284-289.
  • Ajith Vithanage and Mahinsasa Narayana, Moving Strips Vertical Axis Wind Turbine for Domestic Power Generation, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. 2013, pp457-462.
  • D.M.S.C. Dissanayake, Mahinsasa Narayana and Ruwan Weerasooriya,  Review of literature on biomass utilization for sustainable development in Sri Lanka, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. 2013, pp399-406.
  • Rajika.J.K.A.Thamali and Mahinsasa Narayana, A Discussion on Use of Wood Chips for Wood Logs in Combustion Applications in Industrial Thermal Energy Supply, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. 2013, pp463-469.
  • Peiris. W.K.P, Narayana. M and Perera. K.U.C, “Fossil Fuel & Development”, The National Energy Symposium 2013, Sri Lanka.
  • M. Narayana and S. Witharana, Adaptive Prediction of Power Fluctuations from a Wind Turbine at Kalpitiya Area in Sri Lanka, 2012 IEEE 6th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAfS’12), September 27–29, 2012, Beijing, China.  http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6419914/?arnumber=6419914
  • M. Narayana, Viability of Grid Connected Small Wind and Solar Photovoltaic home systems in Sri Lanka, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. 2012, pp169-175. http://www.iesl.lk/Annual%20Sessions/106th%20Annaul%20Sessions/IESL%20Technical%20Paper%20email%20PDF(FINAL)2012.11.05.pdf
  • M Narayana, G Putrus, Optimal Control of Wind Turbine Using Neural Networks, the 45th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), 31st August - 3rd September 2010, Cardiff, Wales.  http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=5649921
  • D. Johnston, G.  Putrus, E. Bentley, M. Narayana, T. Jiang and P. Suwanapingkarl, Electric Vehicles as Storage Devices for Supply/Demand Management, The 2010 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC’10), September 1-3, 2010, Lille, France. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=5729237
  • M Narayana, G Putrus, Steve McDonald,  Identification of Control Signals for Optimal Control of Wind Turbines, EPE Wind Energy Chapter Symposium 2010, 15th and 16th of April 2010, Staffordshire University, Stafford, United Kingdom. http://www.epe-association.org/epe/seminars/Wind2010/09_Prov%20Prog.htm
  • G Putrus, M Narayana, M Jovanovic and P S Leung. Maximum Power Point Tracking for Variable-Speed Fixed-Pitch Small Wind Turbines. 20th International Conference and Exhibition on Electricity Distribution, 2009, (CIRED), 8-11 June, 2009, Prague, Czech Republic. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5255499/
  • M Narayana, G Putrus, M Jovanovic and P S Leung. Predictive Control of Wind Turbines by Considering Wind Speed Predicting Techniques. The 44th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), 1-4, September, 2009, Glasgow, Scotland. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=5429382
  • Putrus, G, Suwanapingkarl, P, Johnston, Bentley, E C, Narayana, M, Impact of Electric Vehicles on Power Distribution Networks, invited paper, Fifth IEEE International Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC’09), Michigan, USA, September (2009),   http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5289760/?arnumber=5289760
  • M. Narayana, "Demand and Supply Analysis of Community Type Wind Power System at Gurugoda Village in Sri Lanka," in Industrial and Information Systems, 2007. ICIIS 2007. IEEE International Conference on, 2007, pp. 117-122. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/4579159/?arnumber=4579159
  • T.A.Wickramasinghe and M.Narayana , “Micro Hydro Turbine Test Facility at the NERDC:, International Conference On Small Hydropower Held In Kandy, Sri Lanka, 22- 24 October 2007. http://ahec.org.in/links/international%20conference%20on%20shp%20kandy%20srilanka%20all%20details%5Cpapers%5Ctechnical%20aspects-a%5Ca8.pdf
  • M. Narayana, “ Micrositing of Small-Scale Wind Turbines is Economically Viable For Rural Electrification in Sri Lanka” , The international technical conference, 8th German wind energy conference, Bremen, Germany, 22nd –23rd November, 2006.     http://www.dewi.de/dewi/fileadmin/pdf/publications/Magazin_29/13.pdf
  • M. Narayana and Kapila Peiris, “Development of a Model to Investigate the Behaviour of the Tilted-Up Type Control System of a Small Wind Turbine by Lagrange’s Analysis”, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 100th Annual session. 2006, pp76-83. http://139.162.44.104/bitstream/123456789/1376/1/T0800.pdf
  • M. Narayana, “Optimum Home Power Systems for Off-grid Rural Electrification in Sri Lanka”, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 99th Annual session. 2005.
  • M. Narayana and Kapila Peiris, “Deterioration of Sri Lanka’s Small Tank Systems Viewed in the Context of an Economical-Development Model”, Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka 99th Annual session. 2005. http://139.162.44.104/handle/123456789/1355
  • M. Narayana, “Predict the Performance of the Multi-Bladed Type Windmill Pump and Comparison with the Measured Data at a Site”, 4th International Conference for Renewable Energy, Energy Saving and Energy, Varadero Beach, Cuba, 25-28 May 2005.
  • M.  Narayana and M. W. Leelaratne, “Micrositing, A Major Factor Influencing Economic Viability of Wind Energy Systems”, 4th International Conference for Renewable Energy, Energy Saving and Energy Education, Varadero Beach, Cuba, 25-28 May 2005.
  • M.  Narayana, “Low-Wind-Speed Small-Scale Wind Turbines for Rural Electrification in Sri Lanka”, World Renewable Energy Congress VIII, Denver, Colorado 80202, USA, 28 August – 3 September 2004.  http://www.aseanenergy.info/Abstract/32010433.pdf
  • M.  Narayana and T. A. Wickramasinge, “Solar and Wind Resource Assessment in Sri Lanka”, Energy for Sustainable Development: Technological Advances and Environmental Issues, Cairo, Egypt, December 6-9, 2004.
  • M. Narayana and A. G. T. Sugathapala, “ Performance of the Wind Turbine Developed by the NERD Centre”, The 10th Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 17-21 May 2004.
  • M. Narayana, "Gyroscopic Effect of Small Scale Tilt-Up Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine," in World Renewable Energy Congress VI Oxford: Pergamon, 2000, pp. 2312-2315. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780080438658505006
Ongoing Research

* Numerical Simulation of Thermally-thick biomass combustion in packed beds
*Mathematical Modelling and simulation of Anaerobic Digestion process
* Effect of Climate Change on Wind Power Generation in Sri Lanka
*Simulation of biomass pyrolysis process using ‘Cantera’ and ‘OpenFOAM’
*Optimal tuning of PID controller using biographical algorithm for level controlling
*Effect of turbulence of the freeboard on fluidized bed biomass combustion

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