dr.ir. K. Rajamani (Keerthivasan)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Hello There !

Thank you for your interest to know something about me and my work. The short version of my name is Keerthi, and I am from India. I grew up in the city of Tiruppur, where a majority of the people were involved with textile related activities.  It provided many possibilities for one to witness and explore the evolution from a cotton crop to clothes that different cultures across the world desires. Like to many others, this industrial activity also provided me the opportunity to observe the need for sustainable and energy efficient ways to address the human needs. This desire gradually evolved during my under-graduation in Mechanical Engineering at PSG College of Technology (India), and thanks to the professors there, I decided to pursue my future endeavors in the field of thermal sciences. Upon graduating in 2013, I continued to work with my thesis supervisor, initially on a commercial gasification research plant for an year, and later on solar adsorption refrigeration system. With this background, I decided to pursue higher studies, and completed my M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering - Energy Technology from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. My master thesis [1] dealt with experimental investigations on the hydrodynamic behavior of waves in thin film flows.  


1. https://repository.tudelft.nl/islandora/object/uuid%3A0d16a8bb-dcd8-4151-b530-8e0f03e4ef66?collection=education


Physics & Astronomy
Heat Transfer
Mass Flow Rate
Room Temperature
Temperature Gradients


My current work focuses on utilizing magnetic nanofluids to obtain room temperature refrigeration (using magnetocaloric effect).

But why work in this when there is already the market dominant technology - Vapor Compression Refrigeration System (VCRS) ?

Well, as with any human creation, things can always be improved. It turns out that the technology development cycle of VCRS has already reached a matured state, no wonder given the enormous amount of scientific and engineering thinking that has been invested in them to keep the humanity cool (though at the cost of warming the environment, a bit) ! In the past century, VCRS has seen many milestones such as: maybe possible --> somewhat possible --> indeed possible --> economically viable --> creating and dominating  "refrigeration" market worldwide. It has grown from a laboratory idea to a level where VCRS has an undeniable influence on the economy of  many countries. During all these good times, the performance of VCRS was not kept idle. Iit was continuously improved upon, and the recent versions of them can achieve ~ 45 % of Carnot Efficiency.

But the wisdom of humanity says, "all good things must come to an end"; this time it is for VCRS and it is due to (hopefully) presence of  more energy efficient ways to keep the humanity cool. One of the "energy efficient ways" is Magnetic Refrigeration (MR). However, in front of VCRS - a civilized 800 pound Gorilla, MR is like a tiny bunny (whom am I to say this ? It is just my perspective :) ). But there are strong indicators that this tiny bunny cannot be ignored any more [1,2].

So where does my work fit in (or at least that I hope to fit into) ?

In the existing MR, the magnetic refrigerant is present as a solid porous structure through which a heat transfer liquid passes through. Due to this arrangement there is a limitation in the heat transfer efficiency. The present work focuses to build a system by using magnetic nanofluids (where the particles are in their super-paramagnetic state ) and to drive it with thermo-magnetic convection thereby avoiding using any mechanical pumps in the system. If this imagination could be engineered, it would result in a maintenance-free, compact, and energy efficient refrigeration system.

But who is going to buy it if it is not affordable ? Well, that has to be accounted for as well when it is engineered.

Does the above idea seems interesting to you and you would like to discuss further, or do you want to check regarding research collaboration ? Feel free to contact me at k.rajamani@utwente.nl


1. https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/200305/refrigerators.cfm

2. http://www.cooltech-applications.com/


Other Contributions


Keerthivasan Rajamani, Madhu Ganesh, Karthikeyan Paramanandam, Chandiran Jayamurugan, Sridharan R. Narayanan, Balamurugan Srinivasan, and A. Chandra. "Cooling efficiency enhancement using impingement cooling technique for turbine blades." In ASME 2013 Gas Turbine India Conference. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013.


Keerthivasan Rajamani, “Innovative Application of Kinetics for Low-Cost Speed Control System using Linear Cable and Open-Coil Spring”, Paper No. NaCoMM2011-88, 15th National Conference on Machines & Mechanisms, (ISBN 978-81-8487-192-0), December 2011, IIT - Madras, India.



Keerthivasan R., Arun K. R., Madhu Ganesh, and Ashok K. L., ”Investigation of concentrated solar power collector with linear discretized Fresnel mirrors in parabolic arrangement”, Poster No.1571, ISHMT-ASTFE International Heat & Mass Transfer Conference, December 2015, Trivandrum, India.


M. Sc. Mechanical Engineering - Energy Technology, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands.


B. E. Mechanical Engineering (Sandwich), PSG College of Technology, Anna University, India.

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room N230
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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