Thermo-Fluid Research at MEE

Research Faculty

Kuruvilla John
Kuruvilla John
Vish Prasad
Vish Prasad
Weihuan Zhao
Weihuan Zhao

Laboratories

  • Department Teaching Laboratory

    The Lab F158 is an undergraduate teaching lab for MEEN 3240 Lab I and MEEN 3242 Lab II courses. The Lab is equipped with the following apparatus to offer MEE undergraduate students with hands-on experiments covering a broad spectrum of topics of in instrument and measurements, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

    Subsonic wind tunnel with completed modules (manometer, pitot tube, pressure cylinder, lift and drag balance, aerofoil, pressure wing, pressure cylinder and boundary layer plates). Computer controlled heat transfer teaching equipment (linear heat conduction, combined convection and radiation, extended surface heat transfer, unsteady state heat transfer, free & forced convection). Viscometer, cup viscometers, air viscosity measurement equipment, thermocouples, thermistor, RTD and data acquisition system.

    Lab location: F158
    Faculty/Staff: Xiaohua Li
  • Small Scale Instrumentation Laboratory

    The Laboratory of Small Scale Instrumentation (LSI) has been served for several research projects including thermal characterization of one dimensional, two dimensional and three-dimensional materials. One dimensional materials are carbon nanotubes, boron nitride nanotubes, and silicon carbide nanowires. Their thermal conductivities were characterized by using either 3-omega or thermal conductance method. Recent advances in micropipette-based thermal sensors have been used to measure thermal conductivities of 2D materials such as graphene and carbon nanotube thin film. We are extending this technology to characterize fluid thermal properties and furthermore cellular level thermal conductivities (3D). In the LSI we are also conducting research related with 3D manufacturing as a recently awarded NSF-funded project. In addition, one PhD student is working on simulation of membrane mass transfer that may provide important data to develop a membrane heat pump system.

    Lab location: F102E
    Faculty/Staff: Tae-Youl Choi
  • Thermal Fluid Computational Laboratory

    The MEEN Thermo/Fluid Computational Lab (TFCL) provides researchers with top-of-the-line computational software and hardware. The student and faculty researchers are developing improved computational modeling techniques and design tools open to collaborators in both industry and academia. Tools developed here in the TFCL or our various commercial programs (MATLAB, ANSYS, SINDA/Fluint, and more) have resulted in publications in prestigious journals and have been used in classroom teaching. Between Dr. Sadat and Dr. R. Zhang, they share thousands-CPU dedicated cores to ensure express development of simulations. Funding has been supported by Office of Naval Research.

    Lab location: D206B
  • Thermal Laboratory

    Research in the thermal laboratory focuses on projects such as the latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) system using phase change materials (PCMs) for large-scale electricity generation in concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. Research is also being done into high-temperature PCMs (melting points above 700 °C) combined with graphite foam to significantly increase the effective thermal conductivity, and therefore, enhance the heat transfer performance in the LHTES system. Researchers are also investigating on dispersing nanoparticles in the PCMs to improve the latent heat of fusion. Another area being researched is the efficient thermal control technologies for the power electronics heat removal in hybrid electric or all-electric vehicles, i.e., use of vapor chamber combined with high thermal conductivity graphite foam to enhance the heat spreading, studying on a novel jet impingement configuration to enhance the heat removal capacity.

    Lab location: F102C
    Faculty/Staff: Weihuan Zhao

News and Publications

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    Prasad named to ASTFE Board of Directors
    May 2018 - Vish Prasad, professor of mechanical and energy engineering, was recently named to the board of directors of the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE). ASTFE’s Board of...
  • Dr. Zhao
    Zhao zeros in on research
    December 2017 - Assistant Professor, Dr. Weihuan Zhao is one of many new faces in the ever-growing Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering. As one of only two primary researchers at the Zero Energy Lab...
  • Faculty awarded Grant
    UNT awarded almost $2 million in NSF funding to study the rules of physics
    November 2017 - Can engineering change the basic laws of physics? That is one of the questions three professors and a former student at the University of North Texas are attempting to answer. Arup Neogi, a professor...