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Dr Srinivas Padala

Senior Scientist


Research Interest

  • Engine Combustion
  • Alternate fuels, and interactions between fuels and engines
  • Combustion Diagnostics
  • Plasma Ignition
  • Engine Testing for Certification

Work Experience

Senior Scientist Indian Institute of Petroleum, India (July 2017- till now)
Lead Researcher Imagineering, Inc., Japan (Sep 2013 – June 2017)
Senior Engineer General Motors, Bangalore, India (Apr 2008 – July 2009)


  • Yuji Ikeda, SrinivasPadala, Injector Unit: Twin Gasoline Injector combined with microwave discharge igniter for heavy-duty diesel engines to be converted to run on gaseous fuels; Application Number: WO2015186683,
  • Yuji Ikeda, SrinivasPadala, Bubble fraction measurement method: A method to estimate the void fraction of engine oil based on laser-induced fluorescence. Application Number: JP2017122660A

Selected Publications

  • Flame Size Measurements of Premixed Propane Air Mixtures ignited by Microwave Enhanced Plasma
    SrinivasPadala, Atsushi Nishiyama, Yuji Ikeda
    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 36(3): 4113–4119,2017
  • Effects of Microwave Enhanced Plasma on Diesel Spray Combustion
    SrinivasPadala, S., Minh KhoiLe, Wachi Yoshihiro, Yuji Ikeda
    SAE Technical Paper 2017 01 0707, 2017, doi:10.4271/2017 01 0707
  • Extension of Dilution Limit in Propane Air Mixtures Using Microwave Discharge Igniter
    Srinivas Padala, Shashank Nagaraja, Yuji Ikeda, Minh Khoi Le
    SAE Paper 2017 24 0148
  • Ignition of Propane-Air Mixtures by Miniaturized Resonating Microwave Flat Panel Plasma Igniter
    Srinivas Padala, Minh Khoi Le, Atsushi Nishiyama, Yuji Ikeda
    SAE Paper 2017 24 0150
  • Ethanol utilization in a diesel engine using dual fuelling technology
    Srinivas Padala, Changhwan Woo, Sanghoon Kook, and Evatt R Hawkes
    Fuel 109:597–607, 2013.
  • Imaging diagnostics of ethanol port fuel injection spray for automobile engine applications
    Srinivas Padala, Minh Khoi Le, Sanghoon Kook, and Evatt R Hawkes  Applied Thermal Engineering 52(1):24–37, 2013
  • Effect of ethanol port fuel injector position on dual fuel combustion in an automotive size diesel engine
    Srinivas Padala, Sanghoon Kook, and Evatt R Hawkes
    Energy and Fuels 28 (1): 340–348, 2013
  • Effect of ethanol and ambient pressure on port fuel injection sprays in an optically accessible intake chamber
    Srinivas Padala, Sanghoon Kook, and Evatt R Hawkes
    Atomization and Sprays 21(5)427– 445, 2011

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