Particle kinematics and kinetics, systems of particles, work-energy, impulse and momentum, rigid-body kinematics, relative motion, Coriolis acceleration, rigid-body kinetics, direct and oblique impact, eccentric impact.
Applications of First and Second Laws to thermal systems including gas turbine, and internal and external combustion engines. Vapor cycles, including supercritical binary and combined cycles, regeneration and recuperation, gas compression, refrigeration and gas liquefaction. Analysis of thermal processes, including available energy and availability, irreversibility, effectiveness. Laboratory work in air compressors, internal combustion engines, furnaces, heat pumps, and gas turbines.
Properties of a fluid, basic flow analysis techniques, fluid kinematics, hydrostatics, manometry, pressure distribution in rigid body motion of a fluid, control volume analysis, conservation of mass, linear and angular momentum, Bernoulli and energy equations, dimensional analysis, viscous flow in pipes, flow metering devices, external flows, estimation of lift and drag, turbo-machinery, open channel flow.
Analysis of thermodynamics, hydraulic, environmental, and economic considerations that affect the design and performance of modern power plants; overview of power generation system and its components, including boilers, turbines, circulating water systems, and condensate-feedwater systems; fuels and combustion; auxiliary pumping and cleanup systems; gas turbine and combined cycles; and introduction to nuclear power plants and alternate energy systems based on geothermal, solar, wind, and ocean energy.
The internal combustion engine examined in terms of the four fundamental disciplines that determine its characteristics: 1) fluid mechanics; 2) chemistry of combustion and of exhaust emission; 3) first and second laws of thermodynamics, and 4) mechanics of reciprocating and rotary motion; high output Otto and Diesel engines for terrestrial, maritime and aerospace environments; normal and abnormal combustion; stratified charge and advanced low emission engines; hybrid and multifuel engines; Sterling and other space engines; free-piston and rotary-piston concepts and configurations.
Aerodynamic and thermodynamic fundamentals applicable to turbomachinery; design configurations and types of turbomachinery; turbine, compressor and ancillary equipment kinematics, thermodynamics and performance; selection and operational problems of turbomachinery.
Fundamental concepts of particle statics, equivalent force systems, equilibrium of rigid bodies, analysis of trusses and frames, forces in beam and machine parts, stress and strain, tension, shear and bending moment, flexure, combined loading, energy methods, statically indeterminate structures.
Experiments in selected mechanical engineering systems areas, including principles and applications of experimentation, data-acquisition, design of experiments, and written and oral reporting on experimental hardware and results.
Concepts of energy, heat and work; thermodynamic properties of substances and property relationships, phase change; First and Second Laws for closed and open systems including steady and transient processes and cycles; using entropy; representative applications including vapor and gas power and refrigeration cycles.
A development of the background necessary for nuclear engineering, beginning with a review of atomic physics and including radioactivity, nuclear reactions, neutron physics and elementary reactor theory, reactor dynamics and control, reactor types.
B.E. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India, 1998
Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (CFD/CHT): code development and application
Multiphase Flows: Gas-Solid and Granular Flows Continuum and Discrete Element Simulations
Process modeling and Simulation of Nuclear Fuel Particle Coating
Chemical Vapor Deposition
Nuclear Power Engineering
Experience & Service
2006-2008 Visiting Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Widener University, PA
2004-2006 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, TN
2001-2004 Visiting Scholar, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Purdue University, IN
1998-2004 Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University, PA
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Achievements & Professional Societies
Honors & Awards
Recipient of Student Government Association (SGA) Distinguished Teaching Faculty Award, 2009
Pannala S., Daw C.S., Finney C.E.A., Boyalakuntla D.S., Syamlal M., O'Brien T.J.. (Sep 2007). "Simulating the Dynamics of Spouted-Bed Nuclear Fuel Coaters", CVD and Powders, 13 481-490.
Boyalakuntla, D.S., Murthy, J.Y. and Amon, C.H.. (2004). "Computation of Natural Convection in Channels with Pin Fins", IEEE Trans. on Components Packaging and Manufacturing Technology.
Boyalakuntla, D.S. and Murthy, J.Y.. (Jun 2002). "Hierarchical Compact Models for Simulation of Electronic Chip Packages", IEEE Trans. on Components Packaging and Manufacturing Technology.
Pannala. S., Boyalakuntla. D.S., Finney. C.E.A. and Daw. C.S.. (Apr 2006). "Simulations of Spouted Bed Dynamics in the Context of Coating Nuclear Fuel Particles", Proc. of the Fifth World Congress in Particle Technology, Orlando, FL.
Boyalakuntla, D.S., Pannala S., Finney, C.E.A. and Daw, C.S.. (Nov 2005). "Simulating the Hydrodynamics of Spouted Beds Using a Continuum Formulation", AIChE Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
Boyalakuntla, D.S., Pannala. S., Daw, C.S., Benyahia, S., O’Brien, T. and Syamlal, M.. (Nov 2005). "A Hybrid Lagrangian-Eulerian Approach in Simulating Gas-Solid Flows Consisting of Multiple Solid Phases", AIChE Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
Pannala. S., Boyalakuntla, D.S., Daw, C.S., Benyahia, S., O’Brien, T. and Syamlal, M.. (Nov 2005). "Simulations of Spouted Beds for Coating TRISO Fuel particles", AIChE Annual Meet., Cincinnati, OH.
Boyalakuntla, D.S. and Murthy, J.Y.. (Nov 2003). "Effect of Drag Correlations on Fluidized Bed Simulation Using DES", Proc. of AIChE Annual Meet, San Francisco, CA.
Boyalakuntla, D.S. and Murthy, J.Y.. (Nov 2003). "Horizontal segregation in 2D Vertically Vibrated Binary Mixtures Kinks Using DES", Proc. of AIChE Annual Meet, San Francisco, CA.
D.S. Boyalakuntla and S. Pannala. (Dec 2006). "Summary of Discrete Element Model (DEM) Implementation in MFIX".
S. Pannala, C. S. Daw, D. Boyalakuntla and C. E. A. Finney. (Mar 2006). "ORNL FY06, Process Modeling Phase I Summary Report for the - Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program", Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (DOE Report # ORNL/TM-2006/93).
S. Pannala, D. Boyalakuntla, C. E. A. Finney and C. S. Daw. (Aug 2005). "ORNL FY05 Process Modeling Summary Report for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program: Hydrodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer for NUCO Particles", Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical Report, (ORNL/CF-05/13).
D. Boyalakuntla, S. Pannala, C. E. A. Finney and C. S. Daw. (Aug 2005). "ORNL FY05 Process Modeling Summary Report for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program: Hydrodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer", Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical Report, (ORNL/CF-05/13).
S. Pannala, C. S. Daw, C. E. A. Finney and D. Boyalakuntla, D. Burns and J. Zhou. (Sep 2004). "ORNL FY04 Process Modeling Summary Report for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program", Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical Report, (ORNL/CF-04/11).