School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Weeratunge Malalasekera BSc PhD DIC

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Professor of Computational Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer


  • Born in Sri Lanka, attended St. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, Colombo.
  • University Education at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Graduated 1983
  • Obtained Ph.D. and D.I.C. from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London, 1988.
  • 1984 - 85: Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • 1985 - 89: Research Assistant/Postdoctoral RA (1989) at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London.
  • Joined Loughborough University as a lecturer in 1989.

Broad Interests and Expertise

  • Energy and related technologies
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling and applications
  • CFD simulation of I.C. engine combustion
  • Radiative Heat Transfer (Monte Carlo, Discrete Transfer and Discrete Ordinates)
  • Combustion modelling and furnace simulations

Research Interests and Activities

  • Hydrogen - applications and safety
  • Home energy automation and development of smart technologies
  • Large eddy simulation of reacting and non-reacting flows
  • CFD simulation of I.C. engine combustion
  • Modelling of turbulence/radiation interaction in combustion
  • Development of turbulent combustion models (RANS and LES)
  • CFD modelling of industrial flow problems in general

External Activities

Member of Editorial Board of the Journal, “Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics”.



Books – Authored: Versteeg, H.K. and Malalasekera, W., “An Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics : The Finite Volume Method”, Second Edition, Pearson Education Ltd., Harlow, Essex, UK, 26 January 2007, 520 pp, ISBN 0-978-0-13-127498-3.