Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
   
Dr. Rajiv Kumar
Assistant Professor, Space Engineering and Rocketry
Ph.D (IIT Madras)
Contact Address
Permanent Address S/O-Sri Biranchi Sah, Vill-Dudhela, PO-Bharatkhand Dyorhi, Dist-Bhagalpur-853203 (Bihar)
Local Address D-II/02, Outer Campus, Behind Hostel-5, BIT Mesra, Ranchi-835215 (Jharkhand)
Phone (Office) 9962388460
Phone Residence 9546209234 (WhatsApp)
Email Id rajiv@bitmesra.ac.in
Joined Institute on : 31-Mar-2015
  Work Experience
 
Teaching : 6 Years

Research : 13 Years

Individual: 6 Years

  Professional Background

BE (Propulsion)-Aeronautical Society of India, New Delhi (Feb 2005)

ME (Rocket Propulsion)- Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi (June 2007)

PhD (Hybrid Rocket Propulsion)- Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (Feb 2014)

Assistant Professor in Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Vel Tech Technical University, Avadi, Chennai from 03 March, 2014 to 26th March, 2015.

Assistant Professor, Department of Space Engineering and Rocketry, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi from 31st March, 2015 to Till date.

  Research Areas
 
  • Propellant combustion
  • Rocket and Propellant Technology
  • Heat transfer in a aerospace propulsion system
  • Air breathing and Non-air breathing propulsion
  Award and Honours
 
  • Reviewer of Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • Reviewer of Journal of Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management
  • Reviewer of Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
  • Reviewer of Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Reviewer of Journal of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering 
  • Reviewer of Acta Astronautica Journal 
  • Reviewer of Combustion and Flame Journal
  • Best student award in 1997
  • Reviewers under the INSPIRE Awards-MANAK for the year 2019-20
   Publications
 

 International Journals:

  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Issues Related to the Measurement of Regression Rate of Fast Burning Hybrid Fuels”, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol-29, No-5, 2013, pp. 1114-1121. 
  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Enhancement of Hybrid Fuel Regression Rate Using a Bluff Body”, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol-30, No-4, 2014, pp. 909-916. 
  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Measurement of Regression Rate in Hybrid Rocket Using Combustion Chamber Pressure”, Acta Astronautica, Vol-103, 2014, pp. 226-234. 
  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Effect of Protrusion in the Enhancement of Regression Rate in Hybrid Rockets”, Aerospace Science and Technology, Vol-39, 2014, pp. 169-178. 
  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Studies on EVA Based Wax Fuel for Launch Vehicle Applications”, Propellant, Explosive and Pyrotechnic, Vol-41, Issue-2, 2016, pp.295-303. 
  • Pratim Kumar, P. C. Joshi and Rajiv Kumar, “Thermal Decomposition and Combustion Studies of Catalyzed AN/KDN Based Solid Propellants”, Combustion and Flame,  Vol-166, 2016, pp. 316-332.
  • Shelly Biswas, D. K. Sharma and Rajiv Kumar, "Effect of ZSM-5 Catalyst on Co-cracking of Jatropha oil with bagasse" Carbon-Science and Technology, Vol-8, Issue-3, 2016, pp. 46-51. 
  • Pratim Kumar, P. C. Joshi and Rajiv Kumar, “Thermal Decomposition and Kinetic Studies of AN, KDN and Their Mixture With and Without Catalysts”, Central European Journal of Energetic Materials, Vol-14, Issue-1, 2017, pp. 184-200. 
  • Pratim Kumar, P. C. Joshi, Rajiv Kumar and Shelly Biswas, "Catalytic Effect of Cu-Co* on the Thermal Decomposition of AN/KDN based Green Oxidizer and Propellant Samples" Defence Technology, Vol-14, 2018, pp. 250-260. 
  • Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, "Development of EVA-SEBS Based Wax Fuel for Hybrid Rocket Applications" Acta Astronautica, Vol-152, 2018, pp. 325-334. 
  • S. Aravind and Rajiv Kumar, "Supersonic Combustion of Hydrogen Using an Improved Strut Injection Scheme", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol-44, Issue-12, 2019, pp. 6257-6270.
  • Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, "Utility of Multi-Protrusion as the Performance Enhancer in Hybrid Rocket Motor" Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol-35, No. 5 2019, pp. 1005-1017. 

International Conference:

  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Issues Related to the regression rate of the fast burning hybrid Fuels”, 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Combustion, Hyderabad, India, December-2010, pp. 652-659.
  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Effect of Protrusion in the Enhancement of Regression Rate in Hybrid Rockets”, AIAA-2011-5913, 47th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, San Diego, California, July 31-3, 2011.
  • Gaurav Marothiya, Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Enhancement of Regression Rate in Hybrid Rockets”, AIAA-2011-5911, 47th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, San Diego, California, July 31-3, 2011.
  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Enhancement of Regression Rate Using Bluff body in Hybrid Fuels”, 9th International Conference on Flow Dynamics, Sendai, Japan, September 19-21, 2012, pp. 246-247.
  • Hiteshwar Brahma, Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Improving the Mechanical Properties of Paraffin based Hybrid Fuels”, 9th International Conference on Flow Dynamics, Sendai, Japan, September 19-21, 2012, pp. 254-255.
  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Possible Use of Wax Based Hybrid Rocket for a Launch Vehicle Application”, 9th International High Energy Material Conference and Exhibits, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, February 13-15, 2014.
  • Deepanshu Verma, Kamlendra Vikram, Randhwa Singh Jat and Rajiv Kumar, “Effect of Injector Diameter on Regression Rate in a Hybrid Rocket Motor”, SEDS International Conference VIT University, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India, March 13-14, 2015.
  • R. Pryadharshini and Rajiv Kumar, “Preliminary Design of PSLV First Stage Using an Advanced Solid Propellant”, SEDS International Conference VIT University, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India, March 13-14, 2015.
  • Pratim Kumar, Rajiv Kumar and P. C. Joshi, "Thermal Decomposition and Kinetic Studies of AN Based Green Oxidizers", International Conference on Alternative Energy Sources, BIT Mesra, Ranchi, India, January 29-30, 2016.
  • Shelly Biswas, D. K. Sharma and Rajiv Kumar, "Effect of ZSM-5 Catalyst on Co-cracking of Jatropha Oil with Bagasse", International Conference on Alternative Energy Sources, BIT Mesra, Ranchi, India, January 29-30, 2016.
  • Talluri Vamsi Krishna and Rajiv Kumar, “Effect of Multi-Protrusion on Regression Rate in a Hybrid Rocket Motor”, 10th International High Energy Material Conference and Exhibits, Hyderabad, Telangana, India, February 11-13, 2016.
  • Shelly Biswas, D. K. Sharma and Rajiv Kumar, Response surface modeling for optimization of co-cracking of jatropha oil, International Conference on Chemical Engineering and Advanced Polymeric Material, BIT Mesra, Ranchi, India, August18-20, 2016.
  • Pratim Kumar, Rajiv Kumar, and Puran Chandra Joshi, “Thermal Decomposition and Stabilization Studies of ADN with AN impurities in the Presence of Catalysts”1stInternational Conference on Modern Research in Aerospace Engineering 22-23rd  September 2016, Amity University, Noida.
  • Pratim Kumar, Rajiv Kumar, and Puran Chandra Joshi, “Studies of Heat of Combustion for AP, ADN, and KDN Pellets mixed with Carbon Black”4th International Conference on Recent Developments in Science, Engineering and Technology (REDSET 2017) October 13-14, 2017, GD Goenka University, Gurgaon (DELHI-NCR) INDIA.
  • Arvind S and Rajiv Kumar, “3 D Numerical Investigation of Hydrogen Combustion in Scramjet to Enhance Combustion Efficiency”, 11th International High Energy Material Conference and Exhibits, Pune, India, Nov 23-25, 2017, pp. 66-73.
  • Talluri Vamsi Krishna, Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, “Study on the Improvement of Regression Rate and Combustion Efficiency in Hybrid Rocket Motor Using Multi-Protrusion", 11th International High Energy Material Conference and Exhibits, Pune, India, Nov 23-25, 2017, pp. 158-164.
  • Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, “Combined Effect of Paraffin and Microcrystalline Wax on Mechanical Properties and Regression Rate of Hybrid Rocket Motor", 11th International High Energy Material Conference and Exhibits, Pune, India, Nov 23-25, 2017, pp. 133-138.
  • Singeetham Pranaykumar and Rajiv kumar, “Effect of Liquid Fuel Injection on the Performance of Hybrid Rocket Motor”, International Conference on “Emerging Technologies, Systems and Applications”, Jhrakhand Rai University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, 21-22 April, 2018.
  • Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, “Effect of Polymeric Additives on Mechanical Properties and Combustion Characteristics of Wax based fuels for Hybrid Rocket Applications”, International Conference on “Emerging Technologies, Systems and Applications”, Jhrakhand Rai University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, 21-22 April, 2018.
  • Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, “Investigation on Performance of Hybrid Rocket Motor with Non-Conventional Protrusion Configuration”, Proceedings of Seventh Asian Joint Workshop on Thermophysics and Fluid Science, November 21-24, 2018, Trivandrum, India, pp. 533-539.
  • Singeetham Pranay Kumar, V. Vani Pooja and Rajiv Kumar, “Effect of Injector Configuration on the Performance of Tribrid Rocket Engine”, Proceedings of Seventh Asian Joint Workshop on Thermophysics and Fluid Science, November 21-24, 2018, Trivandrum, India, pp. 598-604.
  • Bala Vignesh D and Rajiv Kumar, "Study on the Performance of Swirling Oxidizer Injection on the Post Combustion Chamber of Hybrid Rocket Motor", 12th International High Energy Materials Conference & Exhibits, HEMCE-2019, Dec.16 – 18, 2019, IIT Madras, Chennai, INDIA.
  • Bala Vignesh D and Rajiv Kumar, "Effect of Multi-Location Swirl Injection on the Performance of Hybrid Rocket Motor", 12th International High Energy Materials Conference & Exhibits, HEMCE-2019, Dec.16 – 18, 2019, IIT Madras, Chennai, INDIA.
  • V. Vani Pooja and Rajiv Kumar, "Characterization Studies of Different L/D Non-Circular Orifice Showerhead Injectors", 12th International High Energy Materials Conference & Exhibits, HEMCE-2019, Dec.16 – 18, 2019, IIT Madras, Chennai, INDIA.
  • V. Vani Pooja and Rajiv Kumar, "Studies of Liquid Jet Atomization Through Non-Circular Orifices", 12th International High Energy Materials Conference & Exhibits, HEMCE-2019, Dec.16 – 18, 2019, IIT Madras, Chennai, INDIA. 
  • Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, "Studies of Wax-Ammonium Perchlorate Based Fuels for Hybrid Rocket Applications", 12th International High Energy Materials Conference & Exhibits, HEMCE-2019, Dec.16 – 18, 2019, IIT Madras, Chennai, INDIA. 

National Conference:

  • Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, “Performance Evaluation of Mg-Iron Based Wax Fuels for Hybrid Rocket Applications” 32nd National Convention of Aerospace Engineers & National Seminar on Advances in Aerospace Sciences and Technologies, October 27-28, 2018.
  • Nitesh Kumar, Bala Vignesh D and Rajiv Kumar, “Effect of Adding Ammonium Perchlorate on The Performance of Hybrid Rocket Motor” 32nd National Convention of Aerospace Engineers & National Seminar on Advances in Aerospace Sciences and Technologies, October 27-28, 2018.
  • Arvind S and Rajiv Kumar, "Numerical Investigation on the Effect of Velocity Gradient on Shear Layer in Scramjets", 32nd National Convention of Aerospace Engineers & National Seminar on Advances in Aerospace Sciences and Technologies, October 27-28, 2018.
  • Nitesh Kumar, Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, “Effect of Activated Charcoal on the Performance of Hybrid Rocket Motor” National Aerospace Propulsion Conference, IIT Kharagpur, December 17-19, 2018.
  • Saideep Singh Rajput, Mengu Dinesh and Rajiv Kumar, “Studies on the Effect of Protrusion in Liquefying and Non-Liquefying Hybrid Rocket Fuels” National Aerospace Propulsion Conference, IIT Kharagpur, December 17-19, 2018.
  Member of Professional Bodies
 

Member of The Institution of Engineers (India), Aerospace Division, Jharkhand State Centre

Member of Aeronautical Society of India, New Delhi 

AIAA student member in 2011

 

  Current Sponsored Projects
 
  • Effect of Protrusion on Regression Rate and Combustion Instabilities at Varying L/D of Hybrid Rocket Motor, under Early Carrier Research Award Scheme funded by Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), DST (2016-2019, 31.196 Lakhs).
  • Comparison of Performance Parameter of a Hybrid Fuel Using Gaseous Oxygen and Liquid Nitrous Oxide, Seed Money Scheme, Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi (2015-2016, 0.80 Lakh).
  Patent
 
  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Hybrid Rocket Engine Having High Regression Rate”, IIT Madras (IDF_1129)
  • Rajiv Kumar and P. A. Ramakrishna, “Improving the Mechanical Properties of Paraffin Wax”, IIT Madras (IDF_1215).
  Fellow
 

SRF (PhD)-Mengu Dinesh