Dr. Mallikarjuna, J. M.


Office:Room No 205, Internal Combustion Engines Lab
Tel: (O) : +91 44 2257 4698
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Personal webpage: https://home.iitm.ac.in/jmmallik/ 


I hail from a family of farmers and business in the Malnad region of Karnataka state near Shivamogga. I did my schooling in Anavatti (the place of Sri Kaitabeswara Temple) and Shivamogga.

Presently, I am a faculty at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering. I guide research students (Ph.D. and MS) towards their research dissertation.

I am married to Kavitha. We have two sons – Anmol and Aryan. We live in the green IIT Madras Campus at Chennai.

I did my under-graduation from Hassan, the place which is famous as poor man’s Ooty and for cucumber throughout the year. Then, I did post-graduation (M.Tech.,) and Ph.D., from Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

I joined as a teacher in an engineering college in Karnataka in the year 1987 and continuing in this profession till today. Right from my early age, I liked the mechanical field because of my younger age exposure and environment.

I like watching sports like cricket and tennis. I like doing yoga, pranayama, meditation, and swimming. My daily routine includes walking in the evening.

Research Interests

Work mainly in the area of internal combustion engines (thermal engineering). Fields of interest are on:

  1. In-cylinder flow analysis of four-stroke and two-stroke IC engines using PIV.
  2. Experimental and CFD analysis of homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) and gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines.
  3. Alternate fuels like hydrogen, biogas, alcohol, biodiesel, ethers, vegetable oils, plastic oil.
  4. The CFD analysis of various engines and processes. Also, on low temperature combustion (LTC) in diesel engines.
  5. Now working on the CFD analysis of water injection in the HCCI and GDI engines under various engine configurations and operating conditions.
  6. Also on the analysis of laser ignition and the combination of PFI and GDI engines in spark ignition engines.

Awards & Honors

  1. Best Paper Award was presented to O. P. Saw and J. M. Mallikarjuna for an outstanding paper entitled “Effect of Spark Plug and Fuel Injector Location on Mixture Stratification in a GDI Engine – A CFD Analysis” at CFDRI 2017 jointly organised by Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia & Prince of Songkla University on 3 – 6 Aug 2017 at BP Samila Beach Hotel & Resort, Songkhla, Thailand.
  2. Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Thermo-Kinetic Model to Predict Start of Combustion in Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition Engine” authored by Harshit Gupta and Mallikarjuna, J M at International Conference on Mechanical, Production, and Automobile Engineering (ICMPAE-2011), held at Pattaya, Thailand, on Dec 17-18, 2011.
  3. Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Performance, Emission and Combustion Characteristics of a Hydrogen Fuelled SI engine – An Experimental Study” authored by Subramanian, V., J. M. Mallikarjuna and A. Ramesh, at the International Mobility Engineering Congress and Expo-2005, SAEINDIA, Chennai, SAEINDIA Paper No. 2005-26-349, Oct 23-25, 2005.
  4. Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Effect of Intake Charge and Coolant Temperature on Combustion and Emissions of an HCCI Engine – An Experimental Study”, authored by Swami Nathan, S., J. M. Mallikarjuna and A. Ramesh, at the 1st International conference and 20th National Conference on IC Engines and Combustion (ICONICE 2007), JNTU, Hyderabad, India, Dec 6-9, 2007.
  5. Best Paper Award for the paper titled “CFD analysis of in-cylinder flow and air-fuel interaction on different combustion chamber geometry in DISI engine”, authored by Harshavardhan, B and J. M. Mallikarjuna, at the International Conference on MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING (ICMIE 2013), Chandigarh, 24-03-2013.

Member of Professional Bodies

  1. Fellow of Institution of Engineers (FIE)
  2. Life Member of Combustion Institute – Indian Section (CI-IS)
  3. Life Member of Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power Society (FMFP)
  4. Life Member of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE)
  5. Life Member of SAE INDIA
  6. Life Member of Faculty Association, IIT Madras

Selected Publications

  1. Saw, O., Addepalli, S., and Mallikarjuna, J. M., “Optimization of Intake Port and Pentroof Angle for Simultaneous Reduction of Fuel Consumption and Exhaust Emissions in a GDI Engine,” SAE Int. J. Engines, 13(3):2020, doi:10.4271/03-13-03-0020, 2020.
  2. Raut, A., and Mallikarjuna, J. M., “Effects of Water Injector Spray Angle and Injector Orientation on Emission and Performance of a GDI Engine – A CFD Analysis,” SAE Int. J. Engines, 13(1):2020, doi:10.4271/03-13-01-0002, 2020.
  3. Raut, A. A., & Mallikarjuna, J. M., Effects of direct water injection and injector configurations on performance and emission characteristics of a gasoline direct injection engine: A computational fluid dynamics analysis, International Journal of Engine Research, DOI: 10.1177/1468087419890418, 2019.
  4. Mathivanan, K., Mallikarjuna, J. M. and A. Ramesh, Effect of Timing and Pattern of Fuel Injection on Performance and Emissions of a Diesel Engine in the Low-Temperature Combustion Mode – An Experimental Investigation, Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 12, No. 6, pp. 1769-1780, 2019, DOI: 10.29252/jafm.12.06.29510.
  5. Krishna Addepalli, S and Mallikarjuna, J. M., Quantitative Parametrization of Mixture Distribution in GDI Engines: A CFD Analysis, Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11831-018-9262-7, 2018.
  6. Addepalli, K. S and Mallikarjuna, J. M., “Effect of Engine Parameters on Mixture Stratification in a Wall-Guided GDI Engine – A Quantitative CFD Analysis,” Int. Journal Commercial Vehicles (SAE), 10(2):2017, doi:10.4271/2017-01-0570, 2017.
  7. Ramesh, N, and J. M. Mallikarjuna, Low-temperature combustion strategy in an off-highway diesel engine – Experimental and CFD study, Applied Thermal Engineering, vol 124, pp 844–854, 2017.
  8. Priyanka, D. J, and J. M. Mallikarjuna, Effect of Fuel Injector Hole Diameter and Injection Timing on the Mixture Formation in a GDI Engine – A CFD Study, Int. J. Comp. Methods and Exp. Meas., Vol. 6, No. 4, pp 737–748, 2018.
  9. Krishna, A. S and J. M. Mallikarjuna, Parametric Analysis of a 4-stroke GDI Engine using CFD, Alexandria Engineering Journal, DOI: 10.1016/j.aej.2016.10.007, 2016.
  10. Mathivanan, K., J. M. Mallikarjuna and A. Ramesh, Influence of multiple fuel injection strategies on performance and combustion characteristics of a diesel-fuelled HCCI engine – An experimental investigation, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, vol 77, pp 337–346, 2016.