Surface-thermal-fluid Interaction REsearch Laboratory SIRE Lab @ NMSU

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sire (verb): ‘to create’

SIRE Lab engages in Scholarly Inquiry, Research, and Education (SIRE) for gaining a fundamental understanding of the interactions between tailored surfaces and fluids to realize energy-efficient thermal-fluid transport at all length scales.

Thermal and fluid transport are inherent to many processes and realizing dramatic energy-efficiencies in convective transport impacts critical issues of national and international interests in energy, water, security, and health. Our research interests are in:

1. Thermal management of electronic and photonic systems: Directed energy weapons, cloud data centers, portable devices, batteries, automobiles, air/spacecraft, buildings
2. Energy systems: Energy-efficiency, thermodynamic cycles, portable/distributed power, thermal energy storage, waste heat recovery, heat exchangers
3. Space transportation: Cryocoolers, heat exchangers, propellant management
4. Scalable micro-/nano-manufacturing: Wet etching, micro-milling, nano-scale surface modification, rapid prototyping, diffusion bonding

Some of the tailored surfaces that we designed, created, and/or analyzed for enhancing single-phase and two-phase convective transport include:

Our publications discuss interesting details concerning the fundamental study of the interaction of single-phase and two-phase thermal-fluid transport phenomena with these engineered surfaces. Please refer to our peer-reviewed journal and conference publications for more information.

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News

——–September 2017——–

Research paper based on forced convective transport on CO-LUB surfaces is accepted for publication in the International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer.

SIRE Lab’s boiling heat transfer experiment was flown to 80,000 ft in a high-altitude balloon. Read the full story here.

——–August 2017——–

Nick obtained an internship position with NASA. Congratulations, Nick!

NMSU has selected to file a non-provisional patent based on SIRE Lab’s paper towel metallic surface preparation technology.

Dr. Kota is invited to deliver a plenary lecture at an international electronics cooling workshop to be conducted at Bangalore, India in December 2017.

——–July 2017——–

Research paper on recovering waste heat from automobile exhaust using a novel thermodynamic cycle is accepted for publication in the journal Applied Thermal Engineering.

Research paper on using renewable energy to power an airport is accepted for publication in the International Journal of Renewable Energy Research.

——–June 2017——-

We are excited to move back to our renovated lab located in JH 244.

Research paper on enhanced boiling heat transfer on binary surfaces is accepted for publication in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.

——–May 2017——–

Video of boiling of a dielectric liquid on a binary surface (BiS) is now available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHd8xhPQlOg

SIRE Lab researchers prepared a paper towel aluminum surface. Watch the video of extreme spreading and wetting of water on this surface here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPRncF_2uoM

——–April 2017——–

Kartik successfully defended his M.S. thesis on 04/06/2017. Congratulations, Kartik!

Ryan successfully defended his M.S. thesis on 04/07/2017. Congratulations, Ryan!

SIRE Lab’s research paper on enhanced boiling heat transfer on binary surfaces is submitted to the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.

——–March 2017——–

SIRE Lab’s research paper discussing the single bulk micro-manufacturing approach to generate both superhydrophobic (highly non-wetting) and paper towel (highly wetting) copper surfaces is accepted for publication in the ASME Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing.

——–February 2017——–

Ryan obtained a position as a Research Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory in NM. Congratulations, Ryan! He will graduate in May 2017.

——–January 2017——–

A research paper based on the collaboration work between guest researcher Ali Kavoosi and SIRE Lab on recovering waste heat from automobile exhaust using a novel thermodynamic cycle is submitted to the journal Applied Thermal Engineering.

——–November 2016——–

Dr. Kota presented the superhydrophobic and paper towel copper technologies at the Arrowhead Innovation Fund event at NMSU attended by Chancellor Carruthers, Provost Howard, and the Board of Regents.

——–October 2016——–

Ryan presented the superhydrophobic and paper towel copper technologies at the Innovate New Mexico Technology Showcase in Albuquerque, NM. The event received local press coverage. Read the full story here: http://www.lcsun-news.com/…

——–September 2016——–

Jessica landed a job with Ford Motor Company. Congratulations, Jessica!

——–August 2016——–

Lazar Cvijovic joined SIRE Lab as a new Ph.D. student. Welcome, Lazar!

——–July 2016——–

NMSU applied for a provisional patent application for the SIRE Lab’s procedure to create hydrophobic and paper towel metallic surfaces.

——–May 2016——–

Jessica successfully defended her M.S. thesis on numerical simulation of forced convection on apparent slip surfaces in minichannels. Congratulations, Jessica!

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