iCRAFT 2018

International Conference on Recent Advances in Fluid and Thermal Sciences 2018

December 5-7, 2018   |   Dubai, U.A.E. 



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The Conference

BITS Pilani Dubai Campus invites delegates from the academia and industry to be a part of two-and-a-half days of International Conference on Recent Advances in Fluid and Thermal Sciences (iCRAFT 2018). The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about key areas of Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical and Civil Engineering. It also aims to provide the interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Fluid and Thermal Sciences.

The conference will feature invited Keynote and Plenary talks by distinguished experts from industry and academia, together with a number of parallel technical sessions (oral and poster presentations) by delegates from academia, R & D organizations, and industries, spread over two-and-a-half days.  We are looking forward to meeting you in Dubai !


Topics of Interest

Authors are invited to submit abstracts covering, but not limited to, the following areas:


Abstract submission is CLOSED.

Paper submission is now CLOSED.

Fluid Mechanics (Analytical, Experimental and Numerical)

  • Fluids Engineering Education

  • Boundary Layer Flows

  • Low-Speed and High-Speed Flows

  • Laminar and Turbulent Flows

  • Active and Passive Flow Control

  • Bio-Inspired Fluid Mechanics

  • Transport Phenomena in Mixing

  • Transport Phenomena in Materials
    Processing and Manufacturing

  • Transport Phenomena in Energy Conversion

  • Fluid Structure Interaction

  • Environmental Flows

  • Industrial Flows and Commercial Processes

  • Fluid Power Systems

  • Fluid machinery

  • Multiphase-flow systems

  • Fluids Measurement and Instrumentation

  • Micro-/Nano-fluidics

  • Hydrodynamics

  • Aerodynamics

  • Wind Turbines

  • Rheology of Complex Fluids

  • Porous Media

  • Drag Reduction

Heat Transfer (Analytical, Experimental and Numerical)

  • Conduction, Convection and Radiation

  • Boiling and Condensation

  • Adsorption and Desorption

  • Spray and Atomization

  • Compact and Conjugate Heat Exchangers

  • Heat Exchangers

  • Heat Transfer Enhancement

  • Heat Pipes

  • Plasma Physics and Engineering

  • Thermoelectric Devices

  • Multiphase Systems

  • Inverse Problems

  • Turbomachinery

  • Thermophysical Properties

  • Aerospace Heat Transfer

  • Electronic Equipment Heat Transfer

  • Environmental Heat Transfer

  • Biomedical Applications

  • Other Heat Transfer Devices

Fuels and Energy                                                                              

  • Internal Combustion Engines

  • Combustion, Flames and Fires

  • Renewable Energy Systems and Sustainability

  • Pollution Emission Control Systems

  • Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles

  • Energy Conversion and Storage Techniques

  • Natural and Built Environments

  • Zero Energy Buildings

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Systems

  • Advanced Energy Systems

  • Fuel Cell Systems Design and Application

  • Non-Renewable Energy Systems

Presentation Policy and Publication

Original research articles broadly withing the scope of the conference topics, written in English, are solicited. Authors will have options to present their novel research work through an Oral Presentation and / or a Poster Presentation. Authors are invited to initially submit an Abstract in 400 words(through EasyChair), followed by a full-length paper (upto 8 pages) upon the acceptance of the Abstract. The full-length paper would undergo peer review resulting in the acceptance/rejection for the presentation at the conference.

The conference proceedings will be published in IOP: Journal of Physics Conference Series, which is Scopus and ISI Web of Science Indexed. In order to be eligible to the same, papers must be presented at the conference. One Presenting Author can submit a maximum of Two papers (one oral presentation and one poster presentation).   



Young Scholar award

Prizes will be awarded to 3 best papers presented by undergraduate and graduate students. Session Chairs / Judges will decide on the awards based on the clarity of written paper, the presentation and the quality of work


Prizes will be awarded to 3 best papers presented by a researcher from academia and industry. Session Chairs / Judges will decide on the awards based on the quality of both the written paper, the presentation and the quality of work.




Important Dates  

  • Abstract Submission – 31st July 2018 currently OPEN
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification – 15th August 2018 20th August 2018
  • Manuscript Submission – 15th September 2018 30th September 2018
  • Manuscript Acceptance (after Peer Review) – 30th September 2018 15th October 2018
  • Revised Manuscript Submission (if required) – 20th October 2018
  • Early Bird Registration – 31st October 2018
  • Registration Deadline – 15th November 2018
  • Conference – 5th – 7th December 2018

Chief Guest

Mr. Shibu Davies
General Manager – Certification & Auditing, HSE, Training and Lab
TÜV Middle East
Member of TÜV Nord Group

Speaker Biography
Plenary Lecture Abstract

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Sameer Khandekar
Sir M. Visvesvaraya Chair Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.) - Kanpur,

Speaker Biography
Plenary Lecture Abstract

Prof. Debjyoti Banerjee
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas A&M University


Keynote Talks

Dr. Biswajit Basu
Deputy Chief Technology Officer
Aditya Birla Group

Speaker Biography
Keynote Speech Abstract

Dr. Mohamed Gadalla
Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering
American University of Sharjah

Prof. Souvik Bhattacharyya
Vice-Chancellor, BITS Pilani
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Keynote Speech Abstract

Registration Fees

Registration for the conference opens on 10th October 2018,  with an Early Bird discount available until 31st October, and Regular registration continuing until 15th November.

Early Bird Regular
(10th Oct. - 31st Oct. 2018)
(1st Nov. - 15th Nov. 2018)
Delegates from Academia 250 USD (920 AED) 300 USD (1100 AED)
Delegates from Industries 300 USD (1100 AED) 350 USD (1285 AED)
Research Scholars(Ph.D / M.Tech.) 150 USD (550 AED) 200 USD (735 AED)
Student Delegate(B.Tech.) 75 USD (275 AED) 125 USD (460 AED)
Attendance-Only Registration 110 USD (400 AED)
Accompanied People (Spouse/Children elder than 5 Years) 95 USD (350 AED)

Registration fees covers participation in all sessions of the conference, publication of 1 Paper (Only Delegate registration), conference bag with a copy of the conference abstracts (Only Delegate registration), working lunches, refreshments and gala dinner. All the registered delegates would be accompanied to Desert Safari (admission included in Registration Fee) on the final day of the Conference post-Lunch.                                                                                                                       

NOTE: Every additional paper publication (more than 1) would fetch 200 AED as publication charges in addition to the registration fee of the Conference.


Social Activities


Gala Dinner

A unique networking opportunity over a sumptuous meal together with cultural performances.

Date: 5th December 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Price: Complimentary


Desert Safari

Enjoy a thrilling adventure of dune bashing followed by an evening of traditional Arabian charm with local performances and delicacies.

Date: 7th December 2018

Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Price: Complimentary





Dubai Grand Hotel

Dubai Grand Hotel has been finalized as the official Hotel for accommodation of delegates participating in iCRAFT2018. The organizing committee recommend the delegates towards choosing this hotel, located in the heart of Old Dubai area, at specially negotiated fares.


Room Fare: - 270 AED / night (Single Occupancy)

                       300 AED / night (Double Occupancy)


Room Fare includes: - 

  • Daily Complimentary Breakfast
  • Access to Hotel facilities including Gym, Swimming Pool, Snooker etc. 
  • Common To and fro Transport facility between the hotel and conference venue on the days of the Conference
  • Airport Transfers


Key Destinations:

  • Distance from Dubai International Airport: - 3 km
  • Distance from Downtown Dubai: - 15 km
  • Distance from Conference Venue (BITS Pilani Dubai Campus): - 25 km


Reservation Process:- To be informed through email. 



Single-occupancy rooms in campus hostel can be provided on request basis at nominal rates which include meals.





How to Reach

There are several means of transport available to reach the venue


Dubai Metro & BUS

Dubai Metro is a modern and fully automated rail system, providing a vast number of features and services for the convenience of the users. You can take Dubai Metro till Rashidiya Metro Station and board bus number 365 towards International City and deboard at BITS Pilani


Dubai Taxi

Dubai Taxi can be booked by calling 800 9090. Taxi must be booked for BITS Pilani, Dubai Academic City


Rent a car

You can Rent a Car from Dubai Airports or any other rent a car outlet in the city by producing a valid international driving license*

*only from selected countries
 Landmark  Distance  How to Reach
Dubai International Airport 20 KM Dubai Metro, Bus
Abu Dhabi International Airport 140 KM Shuttle bus to Dubai
Sharjah International Airport 35 KM Shuttle bus to Dubai


Chief Patron

Prof. souvik bhattacharyya

Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani


Prof. R. N. Saha

Director, BITS Pilani (Dubai Campus)

Organizing Secretary

Prof. M.V.N. SankaraM

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, BITS Pilani (Dubai Campus)

Email: sankaram@dubai.bits-pilani.ac.in



Dr. Shashank Khurana

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, BITS Pilani (Dubai Campus)

Email: skhurana@dubai.bits-pilani.ac.in


Prof. R. Udayakumar

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, BITS Pilani (Dubai Campus)

Email: udaya@dubai.bits-pilani.ac.in

International Advisory Committee

  • Prof. Kojiro Suzuki, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Prof. Debjyoti Banerjee, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Prof. Shripad P. Mahulikar, IIT-Bombay, India
  • Prof. Amit Agrawal, IIT-Bombay, India
  • Prof. E. Rathakrishnan, IIT-Kanpur, India
  • Prof. C. Balaji, IIT-Madras, India
  • Prof. Toshiharu Mizukaki, Tokai University, Japan
  • Prof. Rajiv Gupta, BITS Pilani-Pilani Campus, India
  • Prof. P. Srinivasan, BITS Pilani-Pilani Campus, India
  • Prof. Ajit Pratap Singh, BITS Pilani-Pilani Campus, India
  • Prof. Amit Kumar Gupta, BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus, India
  • Prof. Ranjit S. Patil, BITS Pilani-Goa Campus, India
  • Prof. Shibu Clement, BITS Pilani-Goa Campus, India
  • Prof. Rahul V. Ralegaonkar, VNIT-Nagpur, India
  • Prof. Shashikant B. Thombre, VNIT-Nagpur, India
  • Dr. Delia Dimitriu, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Luca Mazzola, Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali, Italy
  • Dr. Sankaranarayana Samy, NIT-Karaikal, India
  • Dr. Sathish Kannan, American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Mr. L. R. Rajakumar, Valeo Friction Materials India Limited, India

Local Organizing Committee

  • Prof. C. Periasamy
  • Prof. R. Karthikeyan
  • Dr. Vincent Shantha Kumar
  • Dr. Priyank Upadhyaya
  • Dr. Naveen Kumar Shrivastava
  • Dr. Snehaunshu Chowdhury


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Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani (BITS Pilani) is an institution of international repute. Over the years, BITS Pilani has provided the highest quality technical education to students from all over India and abroad admitted on the basis of merit, only. BITS Pilani has three campuses in India (Pilani, Goa & Hyderabad) and one international campus in Dubai (U.A.E). All four campuses offers degree programmes (B.E, M.E & Ph.D) in Engineering, Science and Technology. During its five decades of existence as a University, BITS Pilani has established strong linkages with industries, R&D organizations and financial institutions through its university-industry linkage programmes, such as Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) and Practice School (PS-I & PS-II).

BITS Pilani-Dubai Campus, the international campus of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani is one of the largest and the only institution exclusively dedicated to Engineering and Technology education in Dubai. It attracts a large number of students from UAE, other GCC countries, Asia, Africa and Far East, From Dubai Campus, BITS Pilani offers B.E.(Hons.), M.E., M.B.A. and Ph.D. programmes in various engineering and allied disciplines and more than 1700 students are admitted at the campus from over 20 countries world-wide. The vibrant campus has state-of- the art infrastructure and provides an opportunity to acquire best quality education in an international environment from well-experienced, highly qualified and dedicated faculty and research facilities.

About Mechanical Engineering Department

The Mechanical Engineering Department at BITS Pilani Dubai campus is one of the major departments in terms of faculty, students, and activities. It continues to lead and expand its activities in various directions. The Department has well-qualified faculties from prestigious institutions who are experts in various domains of mechanical engineering. The Department offers academic programmes leading to B.E. Mechanical Engineering, M.E. Design Engineering and Ph.D. degrees.



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About Dubai

Dubai, widely acclaimed as the City of Gold, is sure to steal your hearts with its varied topography, breathtaking architecture, deep-routed culture, glamour and glitz. From its business districts that never sleeps to being an epicenter of luxury shopping at its numerous exciting malls, and ultra-modern engineering to a very lively nightlife, Dubai is an overwhelming phenomenon. 

While in Dubai, don't forget to marvel at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the World, which shines bright as a jewel in Dubai's skyline. Take a walking tour of the souks (traditional Arabian markets), where you will find everything from lavish gold jewellery, hand-woven fabrics, best of spices, local oud fragrances to cheap knickknacks. Experience a desert safari through a camel back ride into the golden sand dunes, or through an adventurous and fun-filled dune bashing. Embark on a dhow cruise in a traditional Arabic wooden boat that sails into sunset, and end the day enjoying city's vibrant nightlife at some its famous clubs which regularly hosts world-renowned DJs and artists from around the globe. 

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