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Asfaw Beyene, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, California 92182

Office: EIS-218
Phone: (619)594-6207




Research Interest:


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.



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.



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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