Dr Hobina Rajakaruna

Job: Principal Lecturer

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Centre for Engineering Science and Advanced Systems (CESAS)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8095

E: hobina@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr Hobina Rajakaruna’s current research interests are mainly focused on solar crop dryer design and alternative energy sources.  Hobina is the Course Leader BSc Green Energy Technology programme and Engineering Year-0 Programme at De Montfort University. 

Research group affiliations

Centre for Engineering Science and Advanced Systems (CESAS)

Key research outputs

Journal Papers:

Afriyie, J.K., Rajakaruna, H., Nazha, M.A.A. and Forson, F.K. (2013) Mathematical modelling and validation of the drying process in a chimney-dependent solar crop dryer. Energy Conversion and Management, 67, pp. 103-116

Afriyie, J.K., Rajakaruna, H., Nazha, M.A.A., Forson, F.K.  Simulation and optimisation of the ventilation in a chimney-dependent solar crop dryer, Solar Energy, Vol:85, Issue 7, July 2011, Pages 1560-1573 

J. K. Afriyie, M. A. A. Nazha, H. Rajakaruna and F. K. Forson, Experimental investigations of a chimney-dependent solar crop dryer, Renewable Energy, Vol:34  issues 1, ( January 2009) pages 217-222

Refereed Conference:

M. Goman, J. Dimitrov, M. Nazha and H. Rajakaruna “A Methodology for On-Line Enforced Learning”, Proceedings of IASK Teaching and Learning Conference, Aveiro, Portugal, May 2008

Research interests/expertise

Solar Crop Dryer Design

Alternative Energy and Fuels

Modelling of droplet evaporation and combustion processes

CFD modelling of two-phase reactive flows

Areas of teaching

ENGZ0002 Engineering Applications

ENGD1005 Mechanical Principles

ENGD3036 Thermal Plant and Sustainability

ENGD3000 Final Year Projects



Honours and awards

Vice-chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2012)

De Montfort University Research informed teaching award (2007)

Vice-chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2005)

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