Thermal and Flow Management of Multiscale Systems

Dr. Jerry Jones

As a heat transfer and fluid mechanics generalist, Dr. G. F. Jones (known to his friends as Jerry) has successfully solved a broad range of problems, a few of which are listed below. His background as a project engineer at a major oil company, a technical staff member and productive researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and a vital faculty member at Villanova University, as well as an adjunct member of the University of New Mexico while at LANL, have provided him with a breadth and depth of experience that is nearly unequaled by faculty in mechanical engineering programs. Motivated by industrial applications, and consistently focused on fundamentals and approximate analytical solutions for insight, he and his students have solved problems on the following:


  • Heat exchangers, including cryogenic and high-performance composite-matrix types
  • Application of Bejan’s Constructal theory to optimize compact heat exchangers and heat sinks for electronics cooling 

  • Laminar and turbulent natural convection in open and partially divided enclosures

  • Transient natural convection in large and small enclosures with an application to passive solar heating

  • Heat transfer and fluid flow for cooling of electronic equipment including optimization of composite heat spreaders and cold plates

  • Heat transfer in processing of advanced composite materials

  • Transport and chemical reaction in liquid metal and biological systems

  • Flow and heat transfer in porous media including High-Gradient Magnetic Separation filtration, and regenerative active magnetic refrigeration

  • Rapid transient conduction and interfacial thermal resistances in melt-spinning and glass solidification

  • High-speed liquid flow in blast shields for personnel protection

  • Non-continuum heat conduction in a packed bed with volumetric energy generation

  • Anisotropic heat conduction in a reinforced-concrete wall with a central insulation layer

  • Flat plate solar collector system analysis and design for residential and commercial buildings

  • Double-diffusive convection in salt-gradient solar ponds for thermal and electrical power production

  • Analysis and modeling of thermal yields from hot dry rock geothermal reservoirs

  • Thermal management of TEM fuel cells using distributed TE coolers

As an ensemble, these topics include domains that span from the sub-micron (non-continuum heat conduction and thermal processing of advanced composite materials) to large-scale (laminar and turbulent natural convection in full-size buildings) through the small-scale (double-diffusive convection in salt-gradient solar ponds and interfacial thermal resistances in glass solidification). Attention is always given to include the physics appropriate to the scale of the problem at hand.

Most recently, we at the TFM2S Lab are pleased to support the ongoing work in the NSF I/UCRC sponsored Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems (ES2).

Dr. Jones currently teaches or has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in thermodynamics, heat conduction, convection, thermal radiation, fluid mechanics, computational fluid mechanics, solar thermal analysis, fundamentals of analysis and design, numerical methods, and numerous laboratory courses for more than 30 years. His textbook, Gravity-Driven Water Flow in Networks: Theory and Design, (John Wiley & Sons, 2010) is an outgrowth of work with service-learning teams of students over the past years in their efforts to design and build water networks for people in need in Central America and elsewhere.

He and his students are capable with Fluent (CFD), ANSYS, EES, Matlab, and Mathcad. Dr. Jones has used Fluent in his graduate courses in CFD, convection, and fluid mechanics.

Dr. Jones and his students are eager to tackle a variety of academic and industrial-based heat transfer and fluid-flow problems.