Dr Siva Prasad Reddy Muppala


I obtained Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering in merit scholarship in Sri Venkateswara University and Indian Institute of Technology Madras. I obtained from Doctor Ingenieur (Dr.-Ing.) in 2005 in Combustion Physics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany, for the title: Research project title: Modelling of Turbulent Premixed High-Pressure Combustion with Application towards Gas Turbine Combustors. 

My recent interests is in staged combustion and ignition of combustible mixture in premixed turbulent expanding flames.

I had a one-year stint as a Postdoc in Institute of Mechanics, Materials & Civil Engineering, Universite' catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Soon after, I joined KU as an academic: as research Lecturer in 2006 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Thermofluids in 2009.

Currently, I am doing a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.

I teach Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Solar air heaters

I am the module leader of MSc module ME7725 :Green-Engineering-and-Energy-Efficiency

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Thermofluids


  • MTech (Chem. Engr.)
  • Dr.-Ing. (Combust. Phy.)
  • PGCertHE(UCC)

Teaching and learning


Numerical characterization and simulation of the complex physics underpinning the Safe  handling of Liquefied Natural Gas "SafeLNG". I am a co-supervisor of Numerical modelling of inhomogeneous Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) hazards, with using OpenFOAM. This is a million € grant from EU Commission.

First Grant was funded by Engineering-Physical-Sciences-Research-Council (EPSRC), obtained for the project 'Numerical Characterization of Effects of Addition of H2, CO, CO2 and H2O in HP Premixed Turbulent Flames'. The value of the grant is approximately ~£123K. Duration 14 (+8) months for the period year 2009–2011.3.

CASE Studentship Award in association with Department for Communities and Local Government, S.P.R. Muppala (Principal Investigator). Duration 36 months (2007-2010), for doctoral work 'Ignitability and Flammability of hydrogen doped hydrocarbon/air mixtures', supported by Department for Communities and Local government: SPR Muppala (Director of Studies); Value £62,000 + (£13,000 from local govt.)4.

My new interest is Classroom research in L/T & Differentiated Instruction.

Research student supervision


Number of items: 38.


Muppala, Siva PR and Vasudevan, Sooraj PM (2020) Numerical evaluation of lean premixed turbulent flame characteristics on co-axial cylinder configuration at gas turbine conditions. Industrial Combustion Journal, p. 201620. ISSN (online) 2075-3071

Aluri, Naresh K. and Muppala, Siva PR (2020) RANS and LES of turbulent premixed flame dynamics for gas turbine combustion systems. Industrial Combustion Journal, p. 201618. ISSN (online) 2075-3071

Muppala, Siva PR and Chandramohan, Balasubramanyam (2020) Classroom research in large cohorts : an innovative approach based on questionnaires and scholarship of teaching and learning on multiple-intelligences. Journal of Education and Learning, 9(3), pp. 106-122. ISSN (print) 1927-5250

Muppala, Siva, Vendra, C. Madhav Rao and Aluri, Naresh K. (2019) Modelling and numerical simulation of dual fuel lean flames using local burning velocity and critical chemical timescale. SAE International Journal of Engines, 12(4), pp. 373-385. ISSN (print) 1946-2936

Muppala, S.P.R., Manickam, B. and Dinkelacker, F. (2015) A comparative study of different reaction models for turbulent methane/hydrogen/air combustion. Journal of Thermal Engineering, 1(5), pp. 367-380. ISSN (online) 2148-7847

Tidswell, Mark and Muppala, Siva (2014) A numerical study of turbulent flame speed models for H2/CH4/Air premixed combustion. International Journal of Enhanced Research in Science Technology & Engineering, 3(6), pp. 407-422. ISSN (online) 2319-7463

Adnan, A., Cazan, A., Safa, M., Lung, A.W.M and Muppala, S. (2014) The application of theory of constraints in manufacturing outsourcing: a case study. International Journal of Enhanced Research in Science Technology & Engineering, 3(4), pp. 134-138. ISSN (online) 2319-7463

Adnan, A., Safa, M., Lung, A.W.M. and Muppala, S. (2013) Improvement of outsourcing employing lean philosophy. International Journal of Enhanced Research in Science, Technology and Engineering, 2(3), pp. 1-13. ISSN (print) 2319-7463

Manickam, Bhuvaneswaran, Franke, Joerg, Muppala, Sivva P. R. and Dinkelacker, Friedrich (2012) Large-eddy simulation of triangular-stabilized lean premixed turbulent flames: quality and error assessment. Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 88(4), pp. 563-596. ISSN (print) 1386-6184

Dinkelacker, F., Manickam, B. and Muppala, S.P.R. (2011) Modelling and simulation of lean premixed turbulent methane/hydrogen/air flames with an effective Lewis number approach. Combustion and Flame, 158(9), pp. 1742-1749. ISSN (print) 0010-2180

Muppala, S.P.R., Nakahara, M., Aluri, N.K., Kido, H., Wen, J.X. and Papalexandris, M.V. (2009) Experimental and analytical investigation of the turbulent burning velocity of two-component fuel mixtures of hydrogen, methane and propane. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34(22), pp. 9258-9265. ISSN (print) 0360-3199

Aluri, N.K., Muppala, S. and Dinkelacker, F. (2008) Large-eddy simulation of lean premixed turbulent flames of three different combustion configurations using a novel reaction closure. Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 80(2), pp. 207-224. ISSN (print) 1386-6184

Muppala, S. P. Reddy, Sannala, S. K. R., Aluri, N. K., Dinkelacker, F., Beyrau, F. and Liepertz, A. (2007) Detailed 2-D numerical simulations of rich premixed laminar methane flames for CO concentrations and temperature. Combustion Science and Technology, 179(9), pp. 1797-1822. ISSN (print) 0010-2202

Aluri, Naresh K., Muppala, S.P. Reddy and Dinkelacker, Friedrich (2006) Substantiating a fractal-based algebraic reaction closure of premixed turbulent combustion for high pressure and the Lewis number effects. Combustion and Flame, 145(4), pp. 663-674. ISSN (online) 0010-2180

Aluri, N.K., Pantangi, P.K.G., Muppala, S.P.R. and Dinkelacker, F. (2005) A numerical study promoting algebraic models for the Lewis number effect in atmospheric turbulent premixed Bunsen flames. Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 75(1-4), pp. 149-172. ISSN (print) 1386-6184

Muppala, S.P.Reddy, Aluri, Naresh K., Dinkelacker, Friedrich and Leipertz, Alfred (2005) Development of an algebraic reaction rate closure for the numerical calculation of turbulent premixed methane, ethylene, and propane/air flames for pressures up to 1.0 MPa. Combustion and Flame, 140(4), pp. 257-266. ISSN (online) 0010-2180

Muppala, S.P.R. and Dinkelacker, F (2004) Numerical modelling of the pressure dependent reaction source term for premixed turbulent methane/air flames. Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, an International Journal, 4(6), 328- 336. ISSN (print) 1468-4349

Book Section

Muppala, Siva and Madhav Rao, Vendra C. (2018) Numerical implementation and validation of turbulent premixed combustion model for lean mixtures. In: Mebel, A. and Azyazov, V., (eds.) MATEC Web of Conferences: International Conference on Combustion Physics and Chemistry (ComPhysChem'18). EDP Sciences. pp. 00004. 209 ISSN (online) 2261-236X

Conference or Workshop Item

Muppala, Siva PR and Chandramohan, Balasubramanyam (2020) Development of a learning model for large class cohorts to strengthen students learning outcomes based on differentiated instruction. In: 2nd International Conference on Modern Research in Education, Teaching and Learning; 20 - 22 Nov 2020, Paris, France.

Muppala, Siva P. R., Vasudevan, Sooraj P. M. and (2020) Analytical comparison of lean premixed turbulent bunsen flames at high inlet temperatures and high operating pressures. In: International Conference on Physics and Chemistry of Combustion and Processes in Extreme Environments (ComPhysChem’20-21) And VI International Summer School “Modern Quantum Chemistry Methods in Applications”; .

Muppala, Siva PR and Balasubramanyam, Chandramohan (2019) A quantitative approach to problem-based learning based on a questionnaire : a model for student learning outcomes (a Kingston case study). In: 3rd EuroSoTL Conference : Exploring new fields through the scholarship of teaching and learning; 13 - 14 Jun 2019, Bilbao, Spain.

Muppala, Siva (2018) Problem based learning. In: Advance HE Teaching & Learning Conference 2018 : Teaching in the spotlight: Learning from global communities; 03 - 05 Jul 2018, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Khodadadiazadboni, R., Wen, J.X., Heidari, A., Muppala, S. and Wang, C.J. (2016) CFD modelling of non-uniform hydrogen flame propagating across obstacles and inducing detonation. In: United Kingdom Consortium on Turbulent Reacting Flows (UKCTRF); 15 - 16 Sep 2016, Durham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

KhodadadiAzadboni, R, Wen, J, Heidari, A, Muppala, S and Wang, C (2016) Numerical simulation of flame acceleration and transition from deflagration to detonation using OpenFOAM. In: The 11th OpenFOAM Workshop; 26 - 30 Jun 2016, Guimaraes, Portugal.

Muppala, S.P.R., Badiger, R., Manickam, B and Wen, J.X. (2010) RANS simulation of high-pressure premixed, turbulent lean flames in PSI combustor. In: 8th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion; 10 - 13 Dec, 2010, Hyderabad, India.

Campelo, Hugh M, Muppala, Siva P.R., Wen, Jennifer X. and Manicham, B (2010) Numerical investigation of laminar burning velocities for various premixed gaseous hydrogen/hydrocarbon/air mixtures. In: The 5th European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics; 14 - 17 June 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.

Manickam, B., Franke, J., Muppala, S.P.R. and Dinkelacker, F. (2009) LES of triangular-stabilized lean premixed turbulent flames with an algebraic reaction closure: quality and error assessment. In: Quality and Reliability of Large-Eddy Simulations II, QLES2009; 9 - 11 Sep 2009, Pisa, Italy.

Dinkelacker, Friedrich, Manickam, B, Aluri, N.K., Muppala, S.P.R. and Wen, J.X. (2008) Modelling and simulation of lean premixed turbulent Methane/Hydrogen/Air Flames for two flow configurations. In: CHT-08 ICHMT International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer; 11-16 May 2008, Marrakesh, Morocco.

Muppala, S., Wen, J. and Aluri, N. (2007) Modelling issues of lean high- pressure turbulent premixed hydrogen- enriched hydrocarbon combustion at gas turbine conditions. In: 5th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference and Exhibit; 25 - 27 June 2007, St. Louis, Missouri.

Muppala, S., Aluri, N.K. and Dinkelacker, F. (2007) LES quality assessment methods for high reynolds number combusting flows. In: European Combustion meeting; 11 - 13 Apr 2007, Crete, Greece.

Muppala, S., Aluri, N.K., Dinkelacker, F and Wen, J.X. (2007) Reaction modelling of multi-component fuel lean premixed turbulent flames. In: Third European Combustion Meeting; 11 - 13 Apr 2007, Chania, Crete.

Muppala, Siva P.R. and Wen, Jennifer X. (2007) Lean premixed turbulent flames vs. hydrogen explosion: a short survey covering experimental, theoretical and analytical studies. In: UKELG 39th meeting: Experimental Studies in Gas Explosions; 30 Mar 2007, Kingston, U.K..

Muppala, S. P. Reddy (2006) A modelling approach for hydrogen-doped lean premixed turbulent combustion. In: ASME International mechanical engineering congress and exposition; 5 - 10 Nov 2006, Chicago, U.S.A..

Muppala, Siva P.R., Papalexandris, M.V., Manickam, B., Aluri, N.K. and Dinkelacker, F. (2006) Numerical simulation of lean premixed turbulent hydrogen/hydrocarbon flames at elevated pressures. In: 10th International Workshop on Premixed Turbulent Flames; 12 - 13 Aug 2006, Mainz, Germany.

Aluri, N.K., Sha, Q, Muppala, S.P.R. and Dinkelacker, F. (2005) Flame surface density models - A numerical evaluation. In: European Combustion meeting; 3 - 6 Apr 2005, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Muppala, S.P.R., Aluri, N.K. and Dinkelacker, F. (2005) A test of validation of turbulent premixed models for high-pressure bunsen flames. In: European Combustion meeting; 3 - 6 Apr 2005, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Muppala, S. P. Reddy and Dinkelacker, Friedrich (2003) Numerical calculation of turbulent premixed Methane, Ethene and Propane/Air Flames at pressures up to 10 bar. In: European Combustion meeting; 25 - 28 Oct 2003, Orleans, France.


Muppala, Siva Prasad Reddy (2005) Modelling of turbulent premixed high-pressure combustion with application towards gas turbine combustors. (PhD thesis), Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, .

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