Thermodynamics research in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science department focuses on the following areas:
- Convection in porous media
- Magnetic bearings
- Melting and solidification
- Natural convection
- Second law analysis
- Thermal design by entropy generation minimization
- Energy harvesting
- Two-phase heat transfer
Example research projects include design with constructal theory; optimal distribution of cooling during gas compression; networks of channels for self-healing composite materials; magnetic suspension to the control of vibrations in rotating machinery; nonlinear behavior of a magnetic bearing system; propulsion and power generation at the micro scale; impurity diffusion mechanisms and point defects in silicon and III-V compounds; line defects; precipitation and gettering; kinetic processes of defect evolution; x-ray scattering and electron microscopy; and crystal growth in nano-scale.
Opportunities for Graduate Study
The department offers an M.S./Ph.D. study track in mechanical engineering with a core in thermal fluids with a focus on thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and transport phenomena.
The department also offers a program of study towards the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) in Mechanical Engineering. This 30-credit degree program includes course work towards departmental requirements, an area of specialization, business and management fundamentals, and an internship or applied research experience. Students have the flexibility to focus on topics of thernodynamics, heat transfer, and thermal and fluid systems relevant to preparation for an industrial career.