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Thermal Analysis Laboratory

Satish Kandlikar
James E. Gleason Professor

In the Thermal Analysis Lab students focus on exploring the fundamentals of the boiling process. The lab is equipped with instruments to conduct microscale experiments on understanding bubble dynamics and heat transfer during both pool and flow boiling. Currently the lab holds world record for the highest heat transfer coefficient achieved during both pool boiling and flow boiling processes. The research undertaken in the lab is supported by the PhD, MS, BS/MS, and co-op students. The work conducted in the lab is at the forefront of boiling research and is engaged in making the boiling process more efficient. The work is geared toward making heat transfer equipment used in various energy devices more efficient resulting in global savings in energy, as well as enabling some of the high heat flux dissipation possible in the advanced computer systems.

Major equipment: Photron high speed cameras, infrared cameras, DC power supplies, high resolution microscopes (Keyence), micropumps, extensive data acquisition and control hardware from National Instruments, and a Tormach CNC mill for prototype construction.

Recognitions: National Science Foundation, IBM, General Motors, US Army, Eastman Kodak, Bausch and Lomb.

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