Dr. H.C.P. Karunasena
  PhD (QUT, Australia), MSc (Moratuwa, SL), BSc Eng (Moratuwa, SL)

Senior Lecturer,
Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.
Email:- chaminda@mme.ruh.ac.lk                                              .
Telephone:- +94 912245765/6/7 Ext 5232
Fax:- +94-91-2245762

   Resume   

  Qualifications


  Research interest

  • Meshfree methods: Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)

  • Discrete Element Methods (DEM)

  • Modelling of microscale morphological changes of plant tissues during drying

  • Renewable energy (Sea wave, Bio fuel, Solar PV or thermal, Wind and etc.)

  • Thermodynamics heat and mass transfer

  • Machines for industrial applications

  Professional Experience

  • Visiting Fellow - School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. (November 2014 - to date)

  • Reviewer - Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering. (May 2014 - to date)

  • Sessional Academic Staff Member - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. (July 2011 - October 2014)

  • PhD Candidate - School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. (July 2011 - October 2014)

  • Reviewer - Engineering Research Unit (ERU) Symposium- University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. (2009)

  • Lecturer - Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. (July 2009 - to date)

  • Engineer - Loadstar(Pvt.) Ltd., Sri Lanka. (November 2007 - July 2009) Management Trainee - Loadstar(Pvt.) Ltd., Sri Lanka. (November 2006 - November 2007)

  Publications

    Book Chapters:

  1. Karunasena, H. C. P. & Senadeera, W. (2016). Numerical modelling of morphological changes of food plant materials during drying.(Chapter 16) In 'Hand Book of Vegetables and Vegetable Products', CRC press. 387-429.

  2. Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage, C. M., Karunasena, H. C. P., Gu, Y. T., Guan, L., and Senadeera, W.(2017). Three-dimensional (3-d) numerical modelling of morphogenesis of dehydrated fruits and vegetables. In 'Advances in Agricultural Machinery and Technologies', CRC press [in press]

    Journal Papers:

  1. Rathnayaka, C. M., H. C. P. Karunasena, W. Senadeera, and Y. T. Gu. 2018. "Application of a coupled smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) and coarse-grained (CG) numerical modelling approach to study three-dimensional (3-D) deformations of single cells of different food-plant materials during drying." Soft Matter. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7SM01465A

  2. Rathnayaka, C. M., Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., & Gu, Y. T. (2017). Application of 3D imaging and analysis techniques for the study of food plant cellular deformations during drying. Drying Technology, 1-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07373937.2017.1341417

  3. Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage, C. M., Karunasena, H. C. P., Gu, Y. T., Guan, L., and Senadeera, W. (2017). "Novel trends in numerical modelling of plant food tissues and their morphological changes during drying - A review." Journal of Food Engineering 194: 24-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2016.09.002 [5 citations]

  4. Karunasena, H. C. P., Gu, Y. T., Brown, R. J., & Senadeera, W. (2015). Numerical Investigation of Plant Tissue Porosity and its Influence on Cellular Level Shrinkage during Drying. Biosystems Engineering. 132(0): p. 71-87. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2015.02.002 [8 citations]

  5. Karunasena, H. C. P., Brown, R. J., Gu, Y. T., & Senadeera, W. (2015). Application of Meshfree Methods to Numerically Simulate Microscale Deformations of Different Plant Food Materials during Drying. Journal of Food Engineering. 146(0), 209 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2014.09.011 [10 citations]

  6. Karunasena, H. C. P., Brown, R. J., Gu, Y. T., & Senadeera, W. (2015). Numerical investigation of case hardening of plant tissue during drying and its influence on the cellular level shrinkage. Drying Technology. 33(6): p. 713-734. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07373937.2014.982759 [6 citations]

  7. Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., Brown, R. J., & Gu, Y. T. (2014). A Particle Based Model to Simulate Microscale Morphological Changes of Plant Tissues during Drying. Soft Matter. 10(29), 5249-5268. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C4SM00526K [19 citations] (this article was also selected for the cover page art work of the particular issue of this journal)

  8. Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., Gu, Y. T., & Brown, R. J. (2014). A Meshfree Model for Plant Tissue Deformations during Drying. ANZIAM Journal. 55 (EMAC2013), C110-C137. url:http://journal.austms.org.au/ojs/index.php/ANZIAMJ/article/view/7857 [5 citations]

  9. Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., Brown, R. J., & Gu, Y. T. (2014). Simulation of Plant Cell Shrinkage during Drying - A SPH-DEM Approach. Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 44(0), 1-18. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enganabound.2014.04.004 [11 citations]

  10. Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., Gu, Y. T., & Brown, R. J. (2014). A Coupled SPH-DEM Model for Micro-scale Structural Deformations of Plant Cells during Drying. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 38(15-16), 3781-3801. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apm.2013.12.004 [15 citations]

  11. Karunasena, H. C. P., Hesami, P., Senadeera, W., Gu, Y. T., Brown, R. J., & Oloyede, A. (2014). Scanning Electron Microscopic Study of Microstructure of Gala Apples During Hot Air Drying. Drying Technology, 32(4), 455-468. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07373937.2013.837479 [22 citations]

    Full Paper Presentations in Conferences:

  1. Hansani, K. G. P., Sumith, B., & Karunasena, H. C. P. (2016, 22-22 Oct. 2016). Novel use of the cell-linked list algorithm to reduce computational time in meshfree based numerical models for plant cell drying. Paper presented at the 2016 Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering Symposium (MIES), Colombo, Sri Lanka. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7779991/

  2. Mudiyanselage, C. M. R., Karunasena, H. C. P., Gu, Y. T., L.Guan, J.Banks, & Senadeera, W. (2016, 1st-4th August 2016). A 3-D Meshfree Numerical Model to Analyze Cellular Scale Shrinkage of Different Categories of Fruits and Vegetables during Drying. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM-2016), Berkeley, CA, USA.1879(ISSN 2374-3948, online) http://www.sci-en-tech.com/ICCM/index.php/iccm2016/2016/paper/view/1879 [2 citations]

  3. Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage, C.M., Karunasena, H.C.P., Gu, Y.T., Guan, L. , Banks, J. & Senadeera, W. (30th Nov. to 1st Dec. 2015) . Meshfree Based Three-Dimensional (3-D) Numerical Model to Simulate a Single Plant Cell during Drying, The 2nd Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics (ACCM2015), Brisbane, Australia.

  4. Rasanga, G. V. C., Wickramasinghe, I. P. M., & Karunasena H. C. P. (20th November 2015), An insight into Combustion Optimisation of Batch-fed Biomass Boilers, National Energy Symposium 2015, BIMCH, Collombo, Sri Lanka. pp. 299-248.

  5. Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., Gu, Y. T., & Brown, R. J. (3-7 Dec. 2012). A Coupled SPH-DEM Model for Fluid and Solid Mechanics of Apple Parenchyma Cells During Drying. In P. A. Brandner& B. W. Pearce (Eds.), 18th Australian Fluid Mechanics Conference (18AFMC), Launceston, Tasmania. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.2905.6320 [17 citations]

  6. Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., Gu, Y. T., & Brown, R. J. (25-28 Nov. 2012). A particle-based micromechanics approach to simulate structural changes of plant cells during drying. In Y. T. Gu & S. C. Saha (Eds.), 4th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM 2012), Gold Coast, Australia. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.4589.6005 [10 citations]

  7. Helambage, Chaminda Prasad Karunasena, Senadeera, Wijitha, Brown, Richard J., & Gu, YuanTong (19 June 2014) A novel approach for numerical simulation of plant tissue shrinkage during drying. In Thilakarathne, B.M.K.S., Rathnayake, H.M.A.P., Champa, W.A.H., & Wasala, W.M.C.B. (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Research Symposium on Postharvest Technology, Research and Development Centre, Institute of Post-Harvest Technology, Anuradapura, Sri-Lanka, pp. 130-135. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.3541.0248 [2 citations]

  8. Karunasena, C., & Wickramarachchi, N. (17-19 Dec. 2010). Vision based cross sectional area estimator for industrial rubber profile extrusion process controlling. Paper presented at the 2010 5th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAFs), Colombo, Sri Lanka. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/iciafs.2010.5767511[1 citation]

    Abstract Presentations in Conferences:

  1. Adhikari A.A.S.P., Hewanayake H.M.M.M., Madhushani G.V., De Silva K.T.K.M., & Karunasena, H.C.P. (4 Jan. 2018) Development of a Semi-Automated Warp Beam Winding Machine for The Handloom Industry. In B.M.L.A. Basnayake (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  2. Sampath H.H.T.A., Kumara P.A.P., Rathnayaka R.M.K.D. & Karunasena, H.C.P. (4 Jan. 2018) Development of a Semi-Automated High-Speed Bobbin and Fern Winding Machine for The Handloom Industry. In B.M.L.A. Basnayake (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  3. Abhayawardana, N.M.C.S.S., Perera, I.M.V.R.T., Siriwardana, S.S.G.C., Herath, H.M.C.M.& Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Development of a Steam Heated Evaporator for Palm Oil Effluent Densification. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  4. Priyashan, W.D.M., Sampath, N.M.I.P., Irantha, H.D.I., Herath H.M.C.M., & Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Development of an Automated Heating System for a Prototype Rotary Dryer for Drying of Saw Dust for Pellet Production. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  5. Mugilgeethan, V., Madushan, U.R., Ponseka, P.P.S.M.K., Wickramasighe, I. P. M. & Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Development of an Adaptive-Controlled Sea Wave Energy Converter System. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  6. Lakshitha, M. A. R., Dissanayake, D. M. N. S., Herath, H. M. C. M., Wickramasinghe, I. P. M. & Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Development of a Controller for Intermittently-fed Small Scale Biomass Boilers to Improve Overall Performance. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  7. Karunarathne, R.M.S.P., Aravithan, M., Pussewaththa, P.W.G.S.D. & Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Development of a Regenerative Braking System for Passenger Buses. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  8. Jayasekara, M.G.T.C., Kumara, H.R.P.S., Gowrithas, N., & Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Development of an Automated Sorting Conveyor Based on Image Processing. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  9. Karandeniya, D.M.W., Narendrakishanth, Puviraj, T., J., & Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Development of a Semi Automated Small Scale Machine for Composting Residues Produced During Palm Oil Production. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  10. Palliyaguru, M.T., Rathnayake, W.M.P.L., Aseem, M.I.M., Ranjan, T.& Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Use of Passive Cooling for the Improvement of Coefficient of Performance of Small Scale Conventional Air Conditioners. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  11. Maitipe P.C., Rajasinghe R.A.D.P.M., Wimukthi K.A.H. & Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Development of a Computer Integrated Heat Exchanger Test Apparatus. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  12. Kosgoda, K.M.N.U., Basnayake, B.M.A.N.K., Wickramasinghe, W.M.U.G.R.N., Herath, M., Gunawardhana, S., & Karunasena, H.C.P. (5 Jan. 2017) Automated Book Packing and Transferring System. In I. Perera & V. Vithana (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  13. Subasinghe, H. L., Somarathna, L. K. N. C., Wickramarathne, D. R. M., Rasanga, G. V. C., Wickramasinghe, I. P. M, & Karunasena, H.C.P. (14 Jan. 2016) Development of an Automated Lab-Scale Combustion Chamber for the Experimental Studies on the Combustion of Batch-Fed Biomass Boilers. In Ellawala C. (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  14. Hansani, K.G.P., Baduge, S., & Karunasena, H.C.P. (14 Jan. 2016) An Insight into Numerical Modelling of Multiscale Deformations of Plant Tissues during Drying. In Ellawala C. (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  15. Sandeepa, G.H.Y., Udayanga, K.A.N., De Silva, N.U.C., Rathnayake, A. P., & Karunasena, H.C.P. (14 Jan. 2016) Design of a Semi-Automated Machine for Twine Coir Rope-based Oyster Net Knitting. In Ellawala C. (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  16. Alwis, K.A.M., De Silva, P.L.I.T., Perera, D.T.H.U.K., Rathnayake, A. P., & Karunasena, H.C.P. (14 Jan. 2016) Design of a Semi-Automated Machine for Twine Coir Rope-based Stitched Blanket Knitting. In Ellawala C. (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  17. Abeynayaka, C.C., Dasun, P.I., Priyadharshani, R.G.N., Herath, M., Hettiarachchi, N.K. & Karunasena, H.C.P. (14 Jan. 2016) Troubleshooting and Design optimization of Saw Dust-based Pelletizing Process. In Ellawala C. (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  18. Udayanga, K.A.N., Premarathna, J.M.NR., Bandara, K.M.D.T. & Karunasena, H.C.P. (14 Jan. 2016) Development of a Sea Wave Energy Extraction System to Generate Electricity for Small-Scale Applications. In Ellawala C. (Eds.) Abstracts of the Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ruhuna, Galle.

  19. Karunasena, H. C. P., Malinga, R. M. C, Gu, Y. T., & Senadeera, W. (4 March 2015), Meshfree-Based Numerical Modelling of Plant Tissue Shrinkage under Localised Moisture Content Variation, In Arachchige J.J. G. (Eds.) Abstracts of the 12th Academic Sessions, University of Ruhuna, Matara, University of Ruhuna.

  20. Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., Gu, Y. T., & Brown, R. J. (23-26 Sept. 2012). Smoothed ParticleHydrodynamics-Based Micromechanics Model for Predicting the Apple Parenchyma Cellular Shrinkage During Drying. Abstract presented at The 16th Biennial Computational Techniques and Applications Conference (CTAC2012), Brisbane, Australia. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.1725.9841

  21. Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., Gu, Y. T., & Brown, R. J. (1-4 Dec. 2013). Analysis of Deformations of Plant Tissues during Drying by a Coupled SPH-DEM Model. Abstract presented at 11th Engineering Mathematics & Applications Conference (emac13), Brisbane, Australia. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.1463.8401

  22. Hansani, K. G. P., Sumith, B., and Karunasena, H. C. P.( 22 Oct. 2016.). Novel use of the cell-linked list algorithm to reduce computational time in meshfree based numerical models for plant cell drying. Paper read at 2016 Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering Symposium (MIES), Colombo, Sri Lanka. https://doi.org/10.1109/MIES.2016.7779991

  23. H.M.A.S. Samarakoon, M.S.M. Safeer, Y.V.LS. Pushpakumara, G. V. C. Rasanga, Karunasena H.C.P.(19 Nov. 2017) Development of a Small Scale Sea Wave Energy Convertor System to Generate Electricity, In Abstracts of the Vidulka National Energy Symposium, Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, BMICH, Colombo.

    Poster Presentations in Conferences:

  1. Naresha, R.K.M., Abeywickramaa, A.S., Udagedaraa, U.A.B., Sumith, B., & Karunasena, H. C. P., (2 March 2016), Development of a Small Scale Air Conditioning Unit based on a Solar Powered Absorption Refrigeration Cycle to be used in Hybrid Air Conditioning Systems, In Abstracts of the 13th Academic Sessions, University of Ruhuna, (ed. by Ranathunge N. P.). 74. Matara.

  2. Lahiru, A. M., Srimal, L. K. T., Karunasena, H. C. P., & Sumith, B, & (2 March 2016), Value Addition for Coir Fibre as an Oil Absorbent Material, In Abstracts of the 13th Academic Sessions, University of Ruhuna, (ed. by Ranathunge N. P.). 74. Matara.

  3. Karunasena, H. C. P., Rathnayaka A. P., Gu, Y. T., & Senadeera, W. (4 March 2015), Meshfree-Based Numerical Prediction of Plant Tissue Shrinkage during Drying as Influenced by Porosity, In Abstracts of the 12th Academic Sessions, University of Ruhuna, (ed. by Arachchige J.J. G.). 141. Matara.

  4. Karunasena, H. C. P., Senadeera, W., Gu, Y. T., & Brown, R. J. (10-16 Nov. 2012). A Meshfree Particle Based Model for Microscale Shrinkage Mechanisms of Food Materials in Drying Conditions. Poster session presented at Doctoral Showcase-Early Research Showcase workshop at The International Conference for Higher Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC12), Salt Palace Convention Centre, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.4065.3126

    Invited Talks:

  1. Karunasena, H. C. P. (24 Feb. 2015). Introduction to Meshfree Methods and their Applications - A Novel Trend in Numerical Modelling of Engineering Problems, an invited public lecture organised by the Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee (MESC), Institure of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL).(Event flyer: http://ioes18.wildapricot.org/event-1867193 ; YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HarGBsYzHaM)

    Theses:

  1. Karunasena, H. C. P. (2014). Numerical Simulation of Microscale Morphological Changes of Plant Food Materials During Drying - A Meshfree Approach, Ph.D. Thesis, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.

  2. Karunasena, H. C. P. (2011). Vision based Cross Sectional Area Estimator for Industrial Rubber Profile Extrusion Process Controlling, M.Sc. Thesis, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

  3. Karunasena, H. C. P., Gnanasiri, E. M. J. R., & Madushanka, W.K.T. (2006). Industrial Type Coconut De-husking Machine, Final Year Project Report - B.Sc. Eng. (Hons.) degree, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

    Full-time or part-time MPhil and PhD opportunities are available in research areas such as: Numerical Modelling and Simulation, Meshfree Methods, Cell micro mechanics, Sea Wave-Based Power Generation, Tsunami wave modelling, Thermo/fluid dynamics or related areas.

    Talented and motivated individuals having higher achievements in their Engineering/Mathematics/Science related fist degrees are encouraged to apply by directly contacting:

    Dr. Chaminda Karunasena
    E-mail : chaminda@mme.ruh.ac.lk
    hcpkarunasena@yahoo.com
    Phone : +94(0)912245767 (Ext. 5232)
    Mobile : +94(0)718481683




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