Heat Transfer Laboratory
The heat transfer laboratory undertakes basic and applied research on variety problems in convective heat transfer, two-phase flow, and compressible flow. The specific research interests are placed on the following areas:
- Single-phase enhanced heat transfer such as liquid jet impingement cooling.
- Two-phase flow: Topics such as enhanced heat transfer by spray cooling mechanism, liquid-solid particulate transport, and boiling heat transfer.
- Mist cooling of a heated surface is investigated in terms of the liquid droplet deposition characteristics from a turbulent two-phase flow.
- Optical measurement of the particle trajectory and its size using a Laser Doppler Velocimetry.
- Testing and computational analysis of a micro-scale heat flux gage.
- Modeling and computational analysis of a high altitude diffuser which simulates the SSME( Space Shuttle Main Engine) performance.
For more information contact Dr. Christopher Cho at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 276-3422.
- 60 KVA DC power supply for high power heating
- Heat transfer test loop for the jet impingement cooling and spray cooling experiments.
- Metrabyte data acquisition systems.
- 15 mW Helium-Neon laser and LDV system.
- Electronic circuits developed for the droplet size measurement using a Laser.
- Haake constant temperature liquid bath.
- Other electronic equipment such as counter, function generator, HP oscilloscopes, DC power supplies, and plotter.
- Computers routed to the CAE center that give an access to the computational software packages.
- Adjacent thermodynamics laboratory provides wet steam from a 60 kW steam boiler and a heat exchanger.