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Heat Transfer

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Hands-on experiments performed in our Heat Transfer Lab analyze heat flow through numerous materials. Students apply various modes of heat transfer, such as conduction, convection and radiation, to measure heat losses. Lab instrumentation offers cutting-edge technologies important for designing heat dissipation techniques for protecting computer chips from damage and creating corrugated pipe configurations for improving heating and cooling efficiencies. Other applications include building radiation shields and compact heat exchangers. 

Key Features

  • Student research projects include building hot air balloons, basing designs on practical lab experience. Other areas of research involve learning to identify cancer-causing radiation by determining which rays skin absorb and repulse. Students also analyze heat treatment of metals.
  •  Lab curriculum allows students to design and built various heat transfer testing equipment. Examples of these projects include:
    • Turbulent Flow Heat Exchanger
    • Free and Forced Convection Heat Transfer Unit from Aluminum Fins
    • Open Air Flow Device to study natural convection heat transfer
    • A Corrugated Pipe Apparatus to study forced heat convection transferred in corrugated pipes
  • Dr. Perwez Kalim is the Director of the Heat Transfer Lab. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1982 and 1985, respectively. His expertise is in Thermal Science, Aerodynamics, Finite Element Method (FEM), Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems, and Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) Assessment Process. He is currently partnering with ARDEC (Armament Research Development & Engineering Center) Picatinny, NJ, on developing next generation hybrid projectiles and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). He joined Wilkes in 1988, and was promoted to Professor in 2008.


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