Balaji Mohan

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow Ph.D​


Research Interests

​My research interest is to study the spray development process in detail through both experiments and Numerical simulations. For experiments, high speed imaging techniques are used to unravel the significant information of physical phenomenon involved. And this information are used to improve the fidelity of the numerical simulations in predciting the macro and micro spray characteristics.​ 

Selected Publications

  • Fuel injection strategies for performance improvement and emissions reduction in compression ignition engines—A review
      B. Mohan, W. Yang, S. Chou
      Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 28, 664-676, (2013)
  • Development of an accurate cavitation coupled spray model for diesel engine simulation
      B. Mohan, W. Yang, S. Chou
      Energy Conversion and Management 77, 269-277, (2014)
  • Experimental study of spray characteristics of biodiesel derived from waste cooking oil
      B. Mohan, W. Yang, K.Tay, W. Yu
      Energy Conversion and Management 88, 622-632, (2014)
  • Cavitation in Injector Nozzle Holes - A Parametric Study
      B. Mohan, W. Yang, S. Chou
      Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics 8 (1), 70-81, (2014)
  • Effect of internal nozzle flow and thermo-physical properties on spray characteristics of methyl esters
      B. Mohan, W. Yang, W. Yu
      Applied Energy 129, 123-134, (2014)
  • Macroscopic spray characterization under high ambient density conditions
      B. Mohan, W. Yang, K. Tay, W. Yu
      Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science 59, 109-117, (2014)
  • Optimization of biodiesel fueled engine to meet emission standards through varying nozzle opening pressure and static injection timing
      B. Mohan, W. Yang, V. Raman, V. Sivasankaralingam, S. Chou
      Applied Energy 130, 450-457, (2014)
  • Numerical investigation on the effects of injection rate shaping on combustion and emission characteristics of biodiesel fueled CI engine
      B. Mohan, W. Yang, W. Yu, K. Tay, S. Chou
      Applied Energy 160, 737-745, (2015)
  • Development of a robust and compact kerosene–diesel reaction mechanism for diesel engines
      K. Tay, W. Yang, B. Mohan, H. An, D. Zhou, W. Yu
      Energy Conversion and Management 108, 446-458, (2016)
  • Macroscopic spray characteristics of wide distillation fuel (WDF)
      W. Yu, W. Yang, B. Mohan, K. Tay, F. Zhao
      Applied Energy 185, 1372-1382, (2017)


  • ​Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, NUS, Singapore, 2015
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, 2008

Professional Profile

  • ​2017 – present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015 - 2017: Research Fellow, NUS, Singapore
  • 2008 – 2010: Product Engineer, Delphi-TVS Diesel Systems Ltd., Sriperumbadur, India​ 


  • ​2015: Outstanding Reviewer, Applied Energy Journal
  • 2011-2015: NUS Research Scholarship
  • 2008: Univeristy Eleventh rank among 5308 mechanical engineers graduated from Anna University​

KAUST Affiliations

​Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

Non-KAUST Affiliations

​Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering​