Kuravi, Sarada

Assistant Professor
Mechanical - Aerospace Engineering

Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Central Florida, 2009; Advisor: Dr. Louis Chow

Master of Science, University of Central Florida, 2006

Bachelor of Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (India), 2002                          

Current Courses

  • MAE 5220 Convection Heat Transfer - Spring 2013
  • MAE 3191 Engineering Thermodynamics I - Fall 2012
  • MAE 3192 Engineering Thermodynamics II - Fall 2013
  • MAE 4071 Thermal Systems Design - Fall 2013
  • MAE 4074 Heat Transfer Lab - Fall 2013
  • MAE 5220 Convection Heat Transfer - Spring 2014
  • MAE 4171 Principles of Heat Transfer - Spring 2014
  • MAE 5290 Selected Topics in Heat Transfer/Energy - Spring 2014

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, 2012-present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Clean Energy Research Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2009–2012; Advisor: Dr. Yogi Goswami

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2009–2009; Advisor: Dr. Louis Chow

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2003–2009

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, Fall 2006

High School Teacher, Sri Sarada Vidya Niketan School, India, 2002-2003

Additional Duties

Co-Advisor

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Florida Tech Chapter

Member

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Current Research

Hydrogen Storage Systems for Fuel Cell and Mobile Applications

Thermochemical Storage for Concentrating Solar Power Plants

Enhanced Heat Transfer in Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage System

Solar Powered Smart LED Lighting

Selected Publications

Journals

  • Sarada Kuravi, Jamie Trahan, Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, Muhammad Rahman, “Thermal Energy Storage Technologies and System Design for Concentrating Solar Power Plants”, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science (2013 ISI Impact Factor – 15.09), Vol:39, No.4, pp: 285-319, 2013. (Top 2 most downloaded article in the journal from June 2013 to present)
  • Sarada Kuravi, Jamie Trahan, Yogi Goswami, Chand Jotshi, Elias Stefanakos, Nitin Goel, “Investigation of a High Temperature Packed Bed Sensible Heat Thermal Energy Storage System with Large Sized Elements”, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Vol: 135, No.4, pp: 041008(9 pages), 2013.
  • Rachana Vidhi, Sarada Kuravi, Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, Adrian Sabau, “Organic Fluids in a Supercritical Rankine Cycle for Low Temperature Power Generation”, Journal of Energy Resources and Technology, Vol: 135, No.4, pp: 042002(9 pages), 2013.
  • Sarada Kuravi, Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, Manoj Ram, Chand Jotshi, Swetha Pendyala, Jamie Trahan, Prashanth Sridharan, M. Rahman, B. Krakow, “Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power Plants”, Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors, Vol:14, No.2, 2012.
  • Dervis Demirocak, Sarada Kuravi, Manoj Ram, Chand Jotshi, Sesha Srinivasan, Ashok Kumar, D. Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, “Investigation of Polyaniline Nanocomposites and Cross-Linked Polyaniline for Hydrogen Storage”, Advanced Materials Research, Vol:445, pp:571-576, 2012.
  • Sarada Kuravi, Jian Du, Louis Chow, “Encapsulated Phase Change Material Slurry Flow in Manifold Microchannels”, Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol: 24, No.2, pp: 364-373, 2010.
  • Sarada Kuravi, Krishna Kota, Jian Du, Louis Chow, “Numerical Investigation of Flow and Heat Transfer Performance of Nano-Encapsulated Phase Change Material (NEPCM) Slurry in Microchannels”, Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol: 131, No.6, pp: 062901(9 pages), 2009.

Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings

  • Peijie Li, Sarada Kuravi, “Comparative Study of Thermal Performance of Liquid Metal and Water Flow through a Minichannel”, Proceedings of International Conference on Research and Innovations in Mechanical Engineering (ICRIME 2013), Ludhiana, India, October 24-26, 2013.
  • Sarada Kuravi, Jamie Trahan, Yogi Goswami, Chand Jotshi, Elias Stefanakos, Nitin Goel, “Investigation of a High Temperature Packed Bed Sensible Heat Thermal Energy Storage System with Large Sized Elements”, Proceedings of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Houston, TX, November 9-15, 2012.
  • Jamie Trahan, Sarada Kuravi, Yogi Goswami, Muhammad Rahman, Elias Stefanakos, “Thermal Characterization of High Temperature Inorganic Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage Applications”, Paper No. ESFuelCell2012-91475, in Proceedings of the ASME 2012 6th International Conference of Energy Sustainability, San Diego, CA, July 23-26, 2012.
  • Swetha Pendyala, Prashanth Sridharan, Sarada Kuravi, Chand Jotshi, Manoj Ram, Muhammad Rahman, Elias Stefanakos, Yogi Goswami, “Macroencapsulation of Sodium Nitrate for Thermal Energy Storage in Solar Thermal Power”, Paper No. ESFuelCell2012-91447, in Proceedings of the ASME 2012 6th International Conference of Energy Sustainability, San Diego, CA, July 23-26, 2012.
  • Rachana Vidhi, Sarada Kuravi, Saeb Besarati, Elias Stefanakos, Yogi Goswami, “Performance of Working Fluids for Power Generation in a Supercritical Organic Rankine Cycle”, Paper No. ESFuelCell2012-91473, in Proceedings of the ASME 2012 6th International Conference of Energy Sustainability, San Diego, CA, July 23-26, 2012.
  • Antonio Archibold, Sarada Kuravi, Muhammad Rahman, Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, José Gonzalez-Aguilar, Manuel Romero, “Parametric Study of a Latent Thermal Energy Storage Module”, ISES Solar World Congress 2011, Kassel, Germany, August 28 – September 02, 2011.
  • Dervis Demirocak, Sarada Kuravi, Manoj Ram, Chand Jotshi, Sesha Srinivasan, Ashok Kumar, D. Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, “Investigation of Polyaniline Nanocomposites and Cross-Linked Polyaniline for Hydrogen Storage”, 14th International Conference on Advances in Materials & Processing Technologies, Istanbul, Turkey, July 13-16, 2011.
  • Rachana Vidhi, Yogi Goswami, June Chen, Elias Stefanakos, Sarada Kuravi, Adrian Sabau, “Study of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Power Cycle for Low Grade Heat Conversion”, 2011 Supercritical CO2 Power Cycle Symposium, Boulder, Colorado, May 24-25, 2011.
  • Sarada Kuravi, Jamie Trahan, Muhammad Rahman, Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, “Analysis of transient heat transfer in a thermal energy storage module”, ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 12 – 18, 2010.
  • Anthony D’Angelo, Sarada Kuravi, Michael Niemann, Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, Sesha Srinivasan, “Effect of Nb2O5 on the Hydrogen Storage Characteristics of Li-nMg-B-N-H Complex Hydrides,” International Conference on Engineering and Meta-Engineering, Orlando, Florida, April 6 – 9, 2010 (won the best paper of the session award).
  • Sarada Kuravi, Jian Du, Louis Chow, “Encapsulated Phase Change Material Slurry Flow in Manifold Microchannles”, 41st AIAA Thermophysics Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 22 – 25, 2009.Sarada Kuravi, Krishna Kota, Jian Du, Louis Chow, David Colvin, “Numerical Simulation of Heat Transfer in a Microchannel Heat Sink With Micro Encapsulated Phase Change Material (MEPCM) Slurry”, Proceedings of ASME-JSME Thermal Engineering Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Vancouver, Canada, July 8 – 12, 2007.
  • Sarada Kuravi, Brian Glassman, Yeong-ren Lin, Jian Du, Guochang Zhao, Louis Chow, Dan Rini, “Design of a Two-Phase Separator for Variable Gravity Applications”, 37th AIAA Thermophysics Conference, Portland, Oregon, June 28 – July 1, 2004.Brian Glassman, Sarada Kuravi, Jian Du, Yeong-ren Lin, Guochang Zhao, Louis Chow, “A Fluid Management System for Multiple Nozzle Array Spray Cooler”, 37th AIAA Thermophysics Conference, Portland, Oregon, June 28 – July 1, 2004.
  • Krishna Kota, Sarada Kuravi, “Conceptual Motorbike Designing”, Proceedings of Dynamechs 2001, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Anantapur, India, October 18 – 20, 2001.Sarada Kuravi, Sudha Dharmavaram, “Analysis of a Modified Solar Still”, Proceedings of Dynamechs 2001, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Anantapur, India, October 18 – 20, 2001

Technical Posters

  • Antonio Archibold, Sarada Kuravi, Muhammad Rahman, Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, José Gonzalez-Aguilar, Manuel Romero, “Parametric Study of a Latent Thermal Energy Storage Module”, ISES Solar World Congress 2011, Kassel, Germany, August 28 – September 02, 2011.
  • José Gonzalez-Aguilar, Manuel Romero, Antonio Archibold, Sarada Kuravi, Muhammad M Rahman, D. Yogi Goswami, Elias K. Stefanakos, “Transient Numerical Analysis of PCM Contained Spherical Capsules for Heat Storage in Concentrating Solar Power Plants”, ISES Solar World Congress 2011, Kassel, Germany, August 28 – September 02, 2011.
  • Jamie Trahan, Sarada Kuravi, Yogi Goswami, Muhammad Rahman, Elias Stefanakos, “Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power Plants”, 2010 University of South Florida Research One, Tampa, October 14, 2010.Sarada Kuravi, Jamie Trahan, Muhammad Rahman, Yogi Goswami, Elias Stefanakos, “Analysis of a latent thermal energy storage module”, 2010 Florida Solar Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) Summit, Orlando, Florida, September 29-30, 2010.
  • Sarada Kuravi, Louis Chow, “Microchannel Heat Sink with High Performance Fluid”, SWE07 The National Conference for Women Engineers, Nashville, Tennessee, October 25 – 28, 2007 (selected as one of the top 10 posters nationwide).