Dr. Mrinal K Jagirdar

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Fluid and Thermal Engineering, Desiccant dehumidification, Non-conventional air-conditioning, AWG (Atmospheric Water Generators), Mini/micro-scale flow boiling, Mathematical modelling of thermal systems, Adsorption phenomena
D-306, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Hyderabad Campus
Jawahar Nagar, Kapra Mandal
Dist.-Medchal-500 078
Telangana, India
  • Ph.D. (2015): Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • B.Tech. (2011): Department of Mechanical Engineering, SVNIT (NIT Surat)
Work Experience
  • Assistant Professor (Sep 2020 to present): Department of Mechanical Engineering, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
  • Post-doctoral Researcher (Jan 2019 to Jul 2020): Multiphase Reactors (SMR) Group, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands
  • Post-doctoral Researcher (Dec 2015 to Oct 2018): Multi-disciplinary Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

About the Faculty

Dr. Mrinal Jagirdar's doctoral work was in the field of "microchannel flow-boiling" which he conducted under the supervision of Prof. Poh Seng Lee. The distinguishing feature of his doctoral work was that he studied transient heat transfer variables (in contrast to conventional studies involving only time-averaged variables) and correlated it to different phases of flow-boiling phenomena that were captured synchronously (using a high-speed camera) with sensors' data.
His first post-doctoral fellowship was under the guidance of Prof. Poh Seng Lee and Prof. Ghim Wei Ho at NUS. He worked on "Low-grade heat driven quasi-isothermal desiccant-based dehumidifiers". The project was executed in collaboration with Daikin Air-conditioning (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.. He developed a comprehensive mathematical model of desiccant coated heat and mass exchangers and designed a prototype unit (Technology Readiness Level 6) that was retrofitted to a central air-conditioning unit at a Daikin show-room in Singapore.
His second post-doctoral fellowship was under the guidance of Prof. J.A.M. (Hans) Kuipers and Dr. E.A.J.F. (Frank) Peters at TU/e. He worked on a research-cum-consultation project that was fully sponsored by the industry. He developed a mathematical model and simulation tool to design and estimate the performance of advanced 3-sector desiccant wheels coated with a desiccant material having an unconventional adsorption isotherm.
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