Avinash Kumar Agarwal

PhD (IIT Delhi)

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest



  • PhD (Mech. Eng.) 1999 Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • M.Tech. (Energy) 1996 Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • B.E. (Mech. Eng.) 1994 Malviya Regional Eng. College, Jaipur University of Rajasthan



  • Avinash Kumar Agarwal, "Bio Fuels (Alcohols and Biodiesel) Applications as fuels for InternalCombustion Engines", Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 233-271, 2007. (Journal impact factor- 17.778; cited 738 times).

  • Deepak Agarwal, Avinash Kumar Agarwal, "Performance and Emissions Characteristics of JatrophaOil (Preheated and Blends) in a Direct Injection Compression Ignition Engine" AppliedThermal Engineering, Volume 27, Issue 13, September 2007, Pages 2314-2323. (Journal impactfactor 2.48; cited 168 times)

  • Design and development of Laser Ignition Engine using Compressed Natural Gas-air mixtures andits operation at IIT Kanpur. This has been demonstrated at very few places in the world.

  • An Electronic Fuel Injection System for a 4-stroke Locomotive Diesel Engine of Indian Railways:An electronic fuel injection system for a 4-stroke, 16 cylinders, V-configuration, medium speed,large bore locomotive diesel engine was developed and successfully retrofitted on a rebuilt diesellocomotive by Engine Research Laboratory, IIT Kanpur and Engine Development Directorate,RDSO, Lucknow. A savings of 4% fuel consumption over the duty cycle was obtained. In additionthere was an appreciable reduction in the smoke emissions during steady-state as well as transientoperations.

  • Indian patent filed for Integrated system for Using Straight Vegetable Oils as Fuels for DieselEngines: This design enables utilization of waste exhaust heat to precondition the vegetable oilby raising its temperature to a level, where the physical properties of vegetable oil come withina very narrow band of that of petroleum diesel fuel at room temperature. This system enableseffective utilization of straight vegetable oils without the problems such as injector coking, pooratomization, ring sticking and cylinder deposits.


  • Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), October 2013

  • Fellow of SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers International, USA), October 2012

  • Ponam and Prabhu Goyal Endowed chair Professor, IIT Kanpur (2013 - 16)

  • NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award for Application Oriented Innovations in PhysicalSciences for the year 2012, awarded by Indian National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India,August 2012

  • INAE Silver Jubliee Young Engineer Award - 2012, awarded by Indian National Academy ofEngineers, India, April 2012

  • Dr. C.V. Raman Young Teachers Award: 2011 for Excellence in the field of Engineering education,awarded by IES, Bhopal, December 2011

  • Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award: 2008, awarded by SAE International, USA, April 2008

  • Devendra Shukla Research Fellowship, Young Chair Professorship in Energy, IIT Kanpur (09 - 12)

  • INSA Young Scientist Award - 2007, awarded by Indian National Science Academy, India, December2007

  • UICT Alkyl Amine Young Scientist Award - 2007, awarded by University Institute of ChemicalTechnology, Mumbai, August 2007

  • INAE Young Engineer Award 2005, awarded by Indian National Academy of Engineers, India,December 2005

  • AICTE Career Award for Young Teachers - 2004, awarded by All India Council for TechnicalEducation



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