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Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and
Department of Mechanical Engineering
My strategic research work is targeted at two interlinked areas: 1) energy efficiency and 2) renewable energy.
1) The efficiency domain of my research focusses on improving system or component performance through such approaches as low grade thermal energy conversion and combined heat and power, - especially from resources with low temperature. The idea of low grade heat recovery broadly covers such areas as industrial thermal energy recovery or solar thermal energy conversion using organic refrigerants for Rankine or other cycles.
See for example our ASME Best Paper Award winner, "Application of an Advanced Simulation Model to a Micro-CHP ORC-Based System for Ultra-Low Grade Heat Recovery, Proc. of IMECE 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, November 9-15, 2012, Houston, Texas".
2) The renewable energy side of my research employs computational fluid dynamics to improve energy recovery from wind and wave. This area of research covers such topics as adaptive motion, morphing blades, and wave and wind resource analyses.
See for example "MacPhee D., Beyene A., Fluid-Structure of a Morphing Symmetrical Wind Turbine Blade Subjected to Variable Load, Int. J. of Energy Research, Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 69–79, January 2013."
Another area of my side interest includes thermodynamics of climate change, - see for example International Journal of Global Warming, 5 (1) 18‐29.
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