Advanced Heat Exchangers and Process Intensification (AHXPI)

Overview

Advanced Heat Exchangers and Process Intensification (AHXPI) (formerly Advanced Heat Exchanger and Electronics Cooling), and their Smart and Small Thermal Systems Laboratory, is involved in cutting-edge basic and applied research in Thermal/Fluid sciences, with a particular emphasis in developing systems that are compact in size/volume, and that benefit from smart features such as active (on-line/on-demand) control.

AHXPI major focus areas:

One of the core research areas in our laboratory is the electrohydrodynamics (EHD) technique. The EHD technique has demonstrated remarkable potential for development of small and smart thermo fluidic systems, and in certain applications appears to be ready for transfer to commercial products.

Mission

Small Heat Exchanger The objective of the Advanced Heat Exchangers and Process Intensification consortia is to identify at early stages promising emerging technologies in heat and mass transfer enhancement with applications to development of miniaturized and smart heat exchangers and thermal management systems. Through combined analytical and experimental studies we will address the feasibility, manufacturing, and operational issues, and to evaluate the potential for near term implementation in the next generation of advanced, high performance energy conversion systems.


Goals

To Identify

  • Promising emerging technologies that can be applied to the development of miniaturized and smart heat exchangers and thermal management systems

To Address

  • The manufacturing, cost, and reliability of new technologies
  • The potential for near term implementation commercialization in the next generation of Thermal management systems