Dr Charitha de Silva

Dr Charitha de Silva

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr Charitha de Silva is a lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of New South Wales. His particular areas of research expertise are in wall-bounded flows, turbulent structure,  microfluidics/biofluids and advanced flow diagnostics (particle image velocimetry).  He is a member of the  Flow Noise Group and the Vision Fluid Dynamics Research groups in the School.

Research Interests

  • Turbulent flows: understanding the physics of fluid flow 
  • Advanced  flow diagnostics
  • Flow control
  • Microfluidics / Lab-on-chip devices / Biofluids

Research Appointments

  • The University of New South Wales, Lecturer, 2019-current
  • The University of Melbourne, Research Fellow, 2015-2018


  • Doctor of Philosophy (2014): The University of Melbourne. 
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (2009): The University of Melbourne. First-class honours

Research Collaboration

Dr de Silva collaborates with a number of active researchers from the University of Melbourne (Melbourne Fluids Group), University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and RMIT. Internationally he has joint research projects and/or publications with leading world-class experts in fluid dynamics and multiple institutions from Germany, Netherlands, USA, Norway, and England.

Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunities 

Research positions are available with Dr de Silva for Masters and PhD students in the areas of turbulent flow measurements, advanced flow diagnostics, and microfluidics.  Click here for further details. UNSW Sydney offers a number of prestigious scholarship schemes to international and domestic research candidates.  Please complete this self-assessment tool and if you are assessed as "likely to be competitive for a scholarship" please send Dr de Silva the results of the self-assessment tool along with your CV, a copy of your academic transcripts and results of an English language test if required.



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Ainsworth Building J17 Level 3, Room 311H UNSW, Kensington Campus Sydney NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Yue Y; Wang S; Bahl P; de Silva C; Shen Y, 2021, 'Experimental investigation of spout incoherence in a spouted bed', Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 418, pp. 129320 - 129320, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2021.129320
    Journal articles | 2020
    Bahl P; de Silva CM; Chughtai AA; MacIntyre CR; Doolan C, 2020, 'An experimental framework to capture the flow dynamics of droplets expelled by a sneeze', Experiments in Fluids, vol. 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00348-020-03008-3
    Journal articles | 2020
    Yue Y; Wang S; Bahl P; De Silva C; Shen Y, 2020, 'Experimental Investigation of Spout Deflection in a Rectangular Spouted Bed by the PIV Method', Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, vol. 59, pp. 13810 - 13819, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.0c02060
  • Conference Papers | 2018
    de Silva CM; Chandran D; Baidya R; Hutchins N; Marusic I, 2018, 'Periodicity of large-scale coherence in turbulent boundary layers', in 21st Aust. Fluid Mech. Conf.

My Teaching

MECH 3610 - Advanced Thermofluids