Dr. P. Muthukumar

Professor

Room No. C- 303,
Department of Mechanical Engineering

IIT Guwahati, Guwahati. Pin:781039.

Tel:+91-361-2582673 (O)
+91-361-2584673 (R)
Fax: +91-361-2690762

pmkumar@iitg.ac.in

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Studies on metal hydride based thermal devices for compression and storage of hydrogen, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, December 2004.
  • M.E. Mechanical Engineering, Specialization in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Bharathiyar University, February 1999.
  • B.E. Mechanical Engineering, University of Madras, April 1996.
Refrigeration, Thermal energy storage, Hydrogen energy (storage and applications), Metal hydride based thermal machines, Sorption heating and cooling systems, Porous medium combustion, etc.

Details of employment (past & present)

Organization/ Institute

Position Held

Nature of work

Date of Joining

Date of Leaving

IIT Guwahati

 Professor

Teaching / Research

28-01-2015

Continuing

IIT Guwahati

Associate  Professor

Teaching / Research

9-01-2010

27-01-2015

IIT Guwahati

Assistant Professor

Teaching / Research

27-01-2006

8-01-2010

IIT Madras

Project Officer

Research

July 2004

Jan. 2006

Details of Overseas Professional Experiences

Organization/ Institute

Position Held

Nature of work

Date of Joining

Date of Leaving

Wichita State University

Visiting Professor under Fulbright Fellowship

Teaching / Research

1st March 2018

29th June 2018

University of South Florida

Visiting Professor under BASE fellowship

Teaching / Research

3rd June 2014

29th Nov 2014

University of Stuttgart Germany

Visiting Faculty under DAAD Fellowship

Research and Teaching

1st June - 31st July 2008

4th June - 31st July 2010

10st July – 30th July 2012

University of Stuttgart Germany

Scholar Exchange

Research

Sept 2000

Dec 2000

  • Mechanical Engineering Design Award 2017, from National Design & ResearchForum (NDRF) of “The Institution of Engineers (India)”, 21st Dec 2017.
  • Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Award (Teaching & Research) 2017 from US – Indo Educational Forum (USIEF)
  • President,Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), Guwahati sub-chapter from April 2016 – March 2017
  • Fellow, Institute of Engineers (India), September 2015 onwards.
  • Chartered Engineer, The Institution of Engineers (India), 2015 onwards
  • M.P. Baya National Award 2015 for outstanding Mechanical Engineerfrom Instituted by “The Institution of Engineers (India)”, Udaipur.
  • President (Elect),Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), Guwahati sub-chapter from March 2015 –March 2016.
  • Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellowship (BASE Fellowship), Indo - U.S. Science and Technology Forum, Visited Clean Energy Research Centre, University of South Florida, USA from June – November 2014.
  • Young Engineer Award -2012, from Senior Engineers Forum of Greater Guwahati.
  • DAAD Research Award for visiting University of Stuttgartduring1st July - 31st July 2012
  • Commission Member from India to work with the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR).
  • Represented India in Spain atIndo-Spain joint Workshop on Renewable Energy during 1st - 4th March 2011, Sevilla, Spain.
  • DAAD Research Award for visiting University of Stuttgartduring4thJune - 31st July 2010
  • IEI Young Engineer Award -2010 in Mechanical Engineering, from “The Institution of Engineers (India)”.
  • DAAD Research Award for visiting University of Stuttgartduring1st June - 31st July 2008
  • SERC Fast Track Project Grant -2007forYoung Scientist by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi.
  • DST – DAAD Fellowship for visiting University of Stuttgart, Germany during Sept. 2000 to Dec. 2000.

Recent Publications

  • J. Sunku Prasad, Muthukumar P, Fenil Desai, Dipankar N. Basu, Muhammad M. Rahman (2019), A Critical Review of High-Temperature Reversible Thermochemical Energy Storage Systems. Applied Energy 254:113733.
  • Vigneshwaran K, Gurpreet Singh Sodhi, Muthukumar P, Anurag Guha, Senthilmurugan S (2019). Experimental and Numerical Investigations on High Temperature Cast Steel Based Sensible Heat Storage System, Applied Energy, 251:113322.
  • K Vigneshwaran, Gurpreet Singh Sodhi, Muthukumar P, Senthilmurugan Subbiah (2019), Concrete based high temperature thermal energy storage system: Experimental and numerical studies, Energy Conversion and Management, 198, 111905,
  • DVN Lakshmi, Muthukumar P, Apurba Layek, Prakash Kumar Nayak (2019), Performance analyses of mixed mode forced convection solar dryer for drying of stevia leaves, solar energy, 188, 507-518.
  • NN Raju, Muthukumar P, PV Selvan, K Malleswararao (2019), Design methodology and thermal modelling of industrial scale reactor for solid state hydrogen storage, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 44, 20278-20292.
  • Mrinal Bhowmik, Muthukumar P, Anandalakshmi R (2019), Experimental based multilayer perceptron approach for prediction of evacuated solar collector performance in humid subtropical regions, Renewable Energy, 143, 1566-1580.

Student Achievements

  • 1. Mr. Vigneshwaran received SERB – ITS for young scientist/ research scholar to attend The 11th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE 2019) held at Vasteras, Sweden.
  • 2. Mr. Gurpreet Singh Sodhi received QES Advanced Scholar - Universities Canada to visit Simon Fraser University as a Visiting Research Student.
  • 3. Team members, Mr. Alok Kumar and Mr. J Sunku Prasad, received a project grant of Rs. 2.5 Lakhs in March 2019 from New Gen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre, DST, India for developing a product – Thermo-hydraulic Performance assessment of Tube Heat Exchanger using Passive Technique. (Mentor: Prof. P. Muthukumar)

Latest News

  • TEQIP short term course on Recent Trends in Renewable Energy Utilization Technologies” (TEQIP; MHRD) (8-12th May, 2019)
  • Research positions:
  • Post doc preferably with Thermal Engineering background. The candidate should have proven research record in terms of publication. Candidate should look after several on-going projects related to thermal science
  • Junior research fellow: M.Tech / ME in Mechanical Engineering with thermal engineering specialization with strong computational skills, to work in thermal energy storage project
  • Junior research fellow: B. Tech / BE in Mechanical Engineering with minimum CPI of above 7.5 or 70 % marks with good subject knowledge and communication skill