Thermal and Flow Management of Multiscale Systems (TFM2S)

Director: Gerard F. ‘Jerry’ Jones, PhD, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research

Focus: The use of advanced numerical and analytical methods for solving complex, multiscale problems in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. This includes, but is not limited to, industrial and spacecraft fluid and heat transfer systems analysis and design, including heat exchanger design. 

Research Highlights:

  • Optimized cooling of high-power electronic equipment with compact heat exchangers developed from Constructal theory.
  • Heat transfer in a glass-forming process.
  • A lightweight, carbon fiber heat exchanger for high performance, weight-sensitive applications.
  • Management strategies for improved thermal performance of PEM fuel cells.

Facility Highlights:

  • High-performance workstations consisting of dual-quad-core processors for efficient parallel processing
  • Researchers in this lab have expertise in Fluent (CFD), ANSYS, EES, Matlab and Mathcad