Professor Weeratunge Malalasekera


  • Professor of Computational Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer


Weeratunge was born in Sri Lanka and attended St. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, Colombo. He graduated from the University Education at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1983 and went on to obtain a Ph.D. and D.I.C. from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London, 1988. Between 1984 - 85 he was an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Between 1985 - 89 he worked as a Research Assistant/Postdoctoral RA (1989) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London. Weeratunge joined Loughborough University as a lecturer in 1989.

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

He is a member of Editorial Board of the Journal, “Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics”.