Jaswant Jayacumaar


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    M13 9PY Manchester

    United Kingdom

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The University of Manchester

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Year 1 Physics Laboratory (PHYS10180)

Sep 2021 - Present


Vellore Institute of Technology

Teaching Assistant, Engineering Thermodynamics (MEE1003)

Sep 2019 - Nov 2019


Jaswant Jayacumaar is a postgraduate researcher at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (Pulsars & Time Domain Astrophysics Research Group). He is pursuing a Master of Science by Research (MScR) in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. His thesis is concentrated on deriving coherent timing solutions for the regularly observed pulsars in the MeerTime Thousand Pulsar Array (TPA). He is also working on gravitational waves as a researcher at Bose.X Center for Astrophysical Research, India. Jaswant holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, India.

Research interests

MScR Dissertation (Pulsar Timing)

Title: Timing Pulsars with the Thousand Pulsar Array on MeerKAT

Abstract: Pulsars are rotating neutron stars with rotational periods ranging from 1ms – 15s. As the pulsar rotates, it emits beams of electromagnetic radiation along the two magnetic poles. These emissions sweep across the Earth as they rotate and are observed as pulses that has precise time interval between them. The objective of this dissertation is to learn the principles of pulsar timing and derive coherent timing solutions using the tempo2 package for the regularly observed pulsars in the MeerTime Thousand-Pulsar-Array. Also, the newly derived timing models will be compared with previously published values to investigate the long-term evolution of the pulsars.

Keywords: Pulsar Timing, MeerTime, Thousand-Pulsar-Array (TPA)


Gravitational Waves*

Title: Use of Deep Learning to Classify Lensed and Unlensed Gravitational Waves

Abstract: Gravitational waves (GWs) are ripples in the curvature of space-time, produced by energetic processes such as the collision of two compact objects orbiting each other and core-collapse supernovae. These GWs are lensed i.e., bent near massive astrophysical objects, similar to electromagnetic waves. Lensing of GWs produces multiple images at different times and it is hard to classify a lensed GW from an unlensed one. Hence, we have decided to use convolutional neural networks (CNN) to extract the complicated features of lensed GWs and use these features to classify lensed GWs from unlensed ones. Furthermore, these features are vital to study merger events as they possess physical significance.

Keywords: Gravitational Waves, Gravitational Lensing, Deep Learning, Convolutional Neural Networks

*This project is being conducted in collaboration with Bose.X Center for Astrophysical Research - A Division of Bose.X

Other research

Bachelor's Thesis (Renewable Energy)

Title: Parametric Study of Solar Pond and its Prediction of Performance Parameters Using Artificial Neural Networks

Abstract: There is a growing need to identify the adjustments required to enhance the functioning of a solar pond, especially when there are certain technical or geographical constraints. Some proven performance-enhancing techniques such as incorporating Low-Temperature Energy Storage (LTES) system in the Lower Convective Zone (LCZ) and by placing twisted tape inserts in the flow passage of the heat exchanger were incorporated. The readings were taken for both laminar & turbulent conditions. Developed an artificial neural network (ANN) model with a 5-15-3 neuron configuration to predict the performance parameters such as outlet water temperature, the efficiency of the solar pond, and the effectiveness of the heat exchanger. The data collected during experimentation is used as the training set, and random experimental data was used to validate the model. The geometry of a 5-pass heat exchanger and a twisted tape were developed using ANSYS Design Modeler 19.0 and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analyses were carried to investigate the effect of twisted tape inserts in the heat exchanger. It is inferred from the experimentation that providing twisted tape inserts improves the thermal performance of the heat exchanger and LTES increases the period of operation by increasing the thermal energy storage capacity of the solar pond. By using the ANN model, the degree of accuracy for the prediction of outlet water temperature is 98.63%, 97.58% for the efficiency of the solar pond, and 97.05% for the effectiveness of the heat exchanger. The correlation coefficients (R2) are 0.9735, 0.9941, and 0.9341, respectively. The error values of the prediction model are well within the desired tolerance. Thus, ANN can be used to obtain the performance parameters for different conditions of SGSP. From the CFD results, it is conclusive that the twisted tape inserts have a significant effect in laminar flow than turbulent flow.

Keywords: Solar Pond, Twisted Tape Inserts, Nanoparticles, Artificial Neural Networks, CFD Simulation

Citation: Jayacumaar, J., Dominic, J., Karunamurthy, K., (2021) Performance Analysis of Solar Pond and its Prediction. Journal of Thermal Engineering (Manuscript ID: JTEN-2021-445, Minor revision)


Materials Science

Title: Development of Natural Fiber-Based Aluminum Composites for Electromagnetic Interference Shielding Applications

Abstract: Natural fiber mats, aluminum foil sheets, and epoxy resin have been compressed using a hydraulic compression molding press to fabricate hybrid composites. These hybrid composites consist of natural fiber-based shells and ultra-thin aluminum sheet core. Jute, Flax, and Kenaf have been the natural fibers used in fabricating these hybrid composites. Through natural fiber-based composites and aluminum sheets, the fabricated hybrid composites can show excellent mechanical properties and an exceptional electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding action. The natural fiber mat (shell material) shields the aluminum sheet, which avoids corrosion and contact with the atmosphere. The exceptional EMI shielding performance and excellent mechanical properties allow the newly fabricated hybrid composites to be used in the EMI protection fields and electric devices. In this study, the EMI shielding effectiveness, the tensile property, and the flexural property of the hybrid composites have been examined.

Keywords: Aluminum, Electromagnetic Interference Shielding, Elevated Temperature, Hybrid Composites, Natural Fiber

Citation: Kshirsagar, A., Jayacumaar, J., Rohith, S. V., Subramanian, J. (2019) Development of Natural Fiber-Based Aluminum Composites for Electromagnetic Interference Shielding Applications. International Review of Mechanical Engineering, 13(6): 367-373 10.15866/ireme.v13i6.17465

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Technology (not to be confused with BTEC), Vellore Institute of Technology

11 Jul 201630 Jun 2020

Award Date: 11 Sep 2020

External positions

Internship, Indian Institute of Astrophysics

Jul 2020Dec 2020

Researcher, Bose.X Center for Astrophysical Research

Feb 2020 → …

Teaching Assistant, Vellore Institute of Technology

Jul 2019Nov 2019

Research Internship, Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited

May 2019Jun 2019

Summer Internship, SCHWING Stetter India Private Limited

Jun 2018Jul 2018

Areas of expertise

  • QB Astronomy
  • Pulsar Timing
  • MeerTime
  • Thousand-Pulsar-Array (TPA)


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