Dr Wijitha Senadeera
|Position||Senior Lecturer (Mechanical Engineering)|
|Section||School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering|
|Phone||+61 7 3470 4086|
|Qualifications||BScEng Sri Lanka , MSc Peradeniya , PhD Qld|
English (non accredited translator)
Sinhalese (accredited translator)
I am experienced in the field of Mechanical Engineering through industrial exposure, research in cutting edge technologies as well as university teaching. I am capable of working effectively in a supervisory capacity both as an individual and as a member of a team. I have been involved in a diverse and successful range of research and development with particular expertise in: manufacturing processes, teaching at a tertiary level, technical and economic evaluations, statistics and modelling, experimental methods, publication in peer reviewed journals and course material preparation. Awards Queensland International Fellowship 2011/2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship 2016 Higher degree Completions: 9 PhDs and 1 MSc
Fields of Research (FoR)
Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Mathematical Modelling of Food Processing Operations
Member of the Australian Association for Engineering Education
Currently teaching courses/programs
MEC 1201 Engineering Materials
MEC 2202 Manufacturing Processes
MEC 2304 Solid Modelling
MEC 2901 Mechanical Practice 1
ENG 1901 Engineering Practice 1
ENG 2111 Engineering Associate Degree Design Project
ENG 2911 AD Capstone Project
ENG 3902 for postgraduate students
ENG 4903 for postgraduate students
ENG 4110 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG 8411 Master Engineering Research Project A/B
ENG Project Conference (postgraduate)
Research most recent
Rathnayaka, C. M. and Karunasena, H. C. P. and Senadeera, W. and Polwaththe-Gallage, H. N. and Gu, Y. T. (2019) A 3-D coupled Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and Coarse-Grained model to simulate drying mechanisms of small cell aggregates A 3-D coupled Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and Coarse-Grained model to simulate drying mechanisms of small cell aggregates. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 67. pp. 219-233. ISSN 0307-904X
Wijerathne, W. D. C. C. and Rathnayaka, C. M. and Karunasena, H. C. P. and Senadeera, W. and Sauret, E. and Turner, I. W. and Gu, Y. T. (2018) A coarse-grained multiscale model to simulate morphological changes of food-plant tissues undergoing drying. Soft Matter. ISSN 1744-683X
Rathnayaka, C. M. and Karunasena, H. C. P. and Senadeera, W. and Gu, Y. T. (2018) Application of a coupled smoothed particle hydrodynamics(SPH) and coarse-grained (CG) numerical modelling approach to study three-dimensional (3-D) deformations of single cells of different food-plant materials during drying [ArticleFirst]. Soft Matter. ISSN 1744-683X
Research most notable
Jahirul, M. I. and Brown, R. J. and Senadeera, W. (2018) Correlation between physiochemical properties and quality of biodiesel. In: Application of thermo-fluid processes in energy systems: key issues and recent developments for a sustainable future. Green Energy and Technology. Springer, Singapore, pp. 57-81. ISBN 978-981-10-0695-1
Gunathilake, D. M. C. C. and Senanayaka, D. P. and Adiletta, G. and Senadeera, Wiji (2018) Drying of agricultural crops. In: Advances in agricultural machinery and technologies. Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), Boca Raton, United States, pp. 331-365. ISBN 978-1-4987-5412-5
Rathnayaka, C. M. and Karunasena, H. C. P. and Senadeera, W. and Guan, L. and Gu, Y. T. (2018) Three-dimensional (3D) numerical modeling of morphogenesis in dehydrated fruits and vegetables. In: Advances in agricultural machinery and technologies. Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), Boca Raton, United States, pp. 431-454. ISBN 978-1-4987-5412-5
Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage, C.M., Wijerathne, W.D.C.C., Karunasena, H.C.P., Senadeera, Wijitha, & Gu, YuanTong (2017) Microscale and multiscale computational modelling of morphological changes in plant cellular structure during drying with a coupled smoothed particle hydrodynamics and coarse grained appraoch. In Liu, Moubin, Han, Xu, Gu, Yuantong, & Li, Zirui (Eds.) Advances in Computational Engineering Science. Scientech Publisher llc, USA, Mason, Ohio, pp. 1-10.
Senadeera, Wijitha, Bhandari, Bhesh R., Young, Gordon, & Wijesinghe, Bandu (2000) Physical property changes of fruits and vegetables during hot air drying. In Mujumdar, Arun S. (Ed.) Drying technology in agriculture and food sciences. Science Publishers, USA, pp. 149-166.
W Senadeera, BR Bhandari, G Young, B Wijesinghe (2003) Influence of shapes of selected vegetable materials on drying kinetics during fluidized bed drying, Journal of Food Engineering 58 (3), 277-283
HIGHER DEGREE SUPRVISION
Warshamana Dewayalage, Chathura Chandimal Wijerathne (2019) A new coarse-grained multiscale model for the numerical simulation of morphological changes of food-plant materials during drying.
Hasan, Md Shahanur (2018) Erosive wear analysis of Mn-steels hammers due to coal impact in a high-speed pulverising mill.
Sitinamaluwa, Hansinee Sakunthala (2017) Characterization of mechanical and electrochemical properties of silicon based electrodes for Li-ion batteries.
Mudiyanselage, Charith Malinga Rathnayaka (2017) Meshfree-based numerical modelling of three-dimensional (3-D) microscale deformations of plant food cells during drying.
De Silva, Suchitra Waruni (2017) Numerical investigation on low dimensional materials for gas adsorption and separation.
Thibbotuwawa, Noyel Deegayu Namal Bandara (2016) Experimental and numerical investigation of strain-rate-dependent behavior of kangaroo shoulder cartilage.
Polwaththe Gallage, Hasitha Nayanajith (2016) Numerical modelling of deformation behaviour of red blood cells in microvessels using the coupled SPH-DEM method.
Jahirul, Md. Islam (2015) Experimental and statistical investigation of Australian native plants for second-generation biodiesel production.
Karunasena, H.C.P. (2014) Numerical simulation of micro-scale morphological changes of plant food materials during drying: A meshfree approach.
Masters by Research
Rudder, Benjamin A. (2017) Motor protein inspired "artificial muscle" actuator.
Publications in ePrints
Jahirul, M. I. and Rasul, M. G. and Brown, R. J. and Senadeera, W and Hosen, M. A. and Haque, R. and Saha, S. C. and Mahlia, T. M. I. (2021) Investigation of correlation between chemical composition and properties of biodiesel using principal component analysis (PCA) and artificial neural network (ANN). Renewable Energy, 168. pp. 632-646. ISSN 0960-1481
Rathnayaka, C. M. and Karunasena, H. C. P. and Wijerathne, W. D. C. C. and Senadeera, W. and Gu, Y. T. (2020) A three-dimensional (3-D) meshfree-based computational model to investigate stress strain-time relationships of plant cells during drying. PLoS One, 15 (7):e0235712. pp. 1-28.
Senadeera, Wijitha and Adiletta, Giuseppina and Onal, Begum and Di Matteo, Marisa and Russo, Paola (2020) Influence of different hot air drying temperatures on drying kinetics, shrinkage, and colour of persimmon slices. Foods, 9 (101).
Rathnayaka, C. M. and Karunasena, H. C. P. and Senadeera, W. and Gu, Y. T. (2020) Modelling 3-D cellular microfluidics of different plant cells for the prediction of cellular deformations under external mechanical compression: a SPH-CG-based computational study. In: 22nd Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC2020), 7-10 Dec 2020, Brisbane, Australia.
Russo, Paola and Adiletta, Giuseppina and Di Matteo, Marisa and Senadeera, Wijitha and Cinquanta, Luciano (2020) The effect of abrasive pretreatment on the drying kinetics and phenolic compounds in goji berries (Lycium barbarum L.). Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. ISSN 0145-8892
Approved research supervisor in the area of:
Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation