Dr Bhupendra Khandelwal


Bhupendra KhandelwalLecturer

Low Carbon Combustion Centre
University of Sheffield,
Unit 2, Crown Works Industrial Estate
Rotherham Road, Sheffield,
S20 1AH, UK
Tel/Fax: +44-114-2223656

E-mail: b.khandelwal@sheffield.ac.uk 


Dr Bhupendra Khandelwal joined The University of Sheffield (Low Carbon Combustion Centre) in June 2012.  He is working on combustion, emissions and performance of alternative fuel to be used in gas turbine engines and other combustion sources. He is leading combustion and emissions research areas at Low Carbon Combustion Centre. Dr. Khandelwal is working closely with large range of industries, government organisations and universities including FAA, Siemens, Rolls-Royce, UK MOD and Dstl. Prior to this position, he held a researcher position in Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield University, where he worked on gas turbine combustors.  While at Cranfield University, he technically led a team of 11 MSc Researchers for project related to combustors.  Dr Khandelwal completed his bachelors from India in 2008 and joined one of India’s top technical institutes, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as a research/project engineer.  He worked there for 2 years on topics related to micro combustion and spray combustion; during this time his work on combustion was widely published for various journals and conferences.  While working at The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Dr Khandelwal also completed his MBA in Project Management.  In addition to research, presently Dr Khandelwal is also responsible for delivering lectures, supervising MSc and PhD students on Aerospace Propulsion and Combustion in The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Sheffield. 

Dr Khandelwal served as a bi-annual reviewer for alternative fuels projects of US Department of Energy. He is a American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Senior Member, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Member, ASME Combustion, Fuels and Emissions committee Member and AIAA Terrestrial Energy Systems Technical Committee Member. He is also recipient of a AIAA Best Paper Award 2019, Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Scholar, ASME IGTI Student Scholar for two consecutive years 2011 and 2012 and the IMechE Grant along with 15 national/international scholarships/awards. He has also delivered guest lectures at different conferences including Aero India 2009.  Dr Khandelwal serves as the technical area organizer for AIAA conference and as a reviewer for different scientific journals. He has delivered several tutorials at leading conferences including AIAA SciTech. He is also serving as a alternative fuel consultant for European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Dr. Khandelwal has developed three novel ideas for gas turbine combustors and is in process of getting patent granted on them.  These combustors would help in decreasing emissions and fuel consumption in a gas turbine engine.  His research on fuels, emissions, combustion and combustors is widely published in journals and conferences. He has delivered several invited talks at prestigious conferences and meetings which includes, UK fuels standards committee (Aviation Fuels Committee (AFC 2018)), Aero India, Coordinating Research Council (CRC), British Embassy, AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference. He has also delivered tutorials at international prestigious conferences related to alternative fuels and combustion at AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference and AIAA SciTech 2018.

Academic Qualifications

PhD Aerospace Engineering

MBA Project Management

BEng Mechanical Engineering

CiLT Learning and Teaching

Research Interests

Alternative fuels, Combustion, Gas Turbine Combustors, PM Emissions, Gaseous Emissions, Hydrogen Combusiton, Hyrdrogen Combusters, Micro Combustors

Research Team

Dr Jonathan Knapton (Post-Doc)

Dr Lukai Zheng (Post-Doc)

Mr Ihab Ahmed (PhD Student)

Mr Chenxing Ling (PhD Student)

Mr Charith J Wijesinghe (PhD Student)

Mr Bandar AA Almohammadi (PhD Student)

Mr Huanrong Lei (PhD Student)

Mr James Cronly (PhD Student)

Recent Research Projects

National Jet Fuel Combustion Program (NJFCP)

JET Fuel SCREENing and Optimization (JETSCREEN)

UK MOD Fuels and lubricants: reducing cost of ownership

Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN)


PM Measurement Instrument Comparisions

Effect of Aromatic Species on PM Emissions and Seals Compatability

Development of PM Measurement Capabilities for Industrial Gas Turbine Engines

Brief List of Awards and Achievements

  • AIAA Best Paper Award 2019
  • Recipient of prestigious ASME IGTI Student Scholar 2011
  • Recipient of prestigious ASME IGTI Student Scholar 2012
  • Royal Aeronautical Society Centennial Scholar 2012
  • Recipient of RAeS Grant 2011, 2012
  • Recipient of IMechE Grant.
  • Invited to deliver a talk at The Aero India 2009 International Seminar organized by Defence Research and Development Organization and Aeronautical Society of India.

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers


  • Khandelwal B, Sethi V & Singh R (2012) Micromix combustor for gaseous hydrogen. Appl. 04 Jul 2012. RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews