With an eye toward some of the greatest challenges facing the global community today, Stevens has identified sustainability of energy and infrastructure as one of its major research focuses. The Energy/Thermal/Fluids Systems Group seeks to develop solutions to energy challenges that promote economic and environmental sustainability through interdisciplinary collaborative research, education, and outreach programs. Group members research advanced and sustainable energy systems combined with fundamental and applied research in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics.
Research activities include:
Advanced and sustainable energy systems: Hybrid solar PV/thermal, Wind energy, Geothermal, and Nuclear systems; Energy conversion and storage; Energy Efficiency; Energy harvesting/scavenging technologies
Microscale heat transfer and Microfluidics: including multiscale fluid physics and heat transfer on nanostructured surfaces, microfluidic self-assembly of nanomaterials, and microelectronics cooling techniques
Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (CFD/CHT): Computational modeling and simulation of high speed flows; LES and DNS of complex flows; Turbulence modeling for heat and mass transfer applications; Modeling and analysis of flows in turbomachinery; Multiphase Gas-Solid and Granular Flows; Thermal Convection and Fluid Dynamics in Porous Media; Experimental investigation of bluff body flows