Mechanical and Materials EngineeringWestern Engineering


Thermofluids research utilizes theoretical, numerical and experimental techniques to explore both fundamental and applied problems. Theoretical and numerical research broadly focuses on hydrodynamic stability, flow control, free surface flows, complex fluids, porous materials, two-phase flows, combustion, algorithm development, and convective heat transfer. The experimental research covers broader areas of interfacial fluid mechanics and heat transfer, turbulence, alternative energy systems, biological and environmental flows, and micro-systems.


The following faculty members are involved in this area:

J. M. Floryan, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Virginia Tech. USA), Professor

Research interests include flow Control; flow manipulation; hydrodynamic stability; boundary layers; laminar-turbulent transition; interfacial fluid mechanics; thermocapillary flows; convection; rupture problems; moving boundary problems; spectral methods; direct solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations.

R. E. Khayat, Ph.D. (McGill, Canada), Professor

Research interests include polymer processing; linear and nonlinear hydrodynamic stability; free surface and interfacial flows; modeling and simulation of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics.

E. Savory, C.Eng., Ph.D., P.Eng. (Surrey, UK), Associate Professor

Research interests include industrial and environmental aerodynamics; wind effects on buildings and structures; cavity flows; jets and plumes; hemodynamics.

K. Siddiqui, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Toronto, Canada), Associate Professor

Research interests include interfacial fluid dynamics and heat transfer; alternative and sustainable energy systems (solar, wind and thermo-acoustics); environmental flows; measurement techniques.

A. G. Straatman, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Waterloo, Canada), Associate Professor

Research interests include non-stationary turbulent flows; pulsatile flows and hemo-dynamics; convective heat transfer; enhancement of convective heat transfer using porous metals; high-performance parallel computing; material property prediction in metal die-casting; application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

J. Yang, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Alberta, Canada), Assistant Professor

Research interests include biofluidics/microfluidics/nanofluidics; lab-on-a-chip/biochip; nanotechnology, MEMS; biosensor; cell adhesion and signaling; single molecule kinetics; molecular self-assembly; colloid and surface science; smart materials and composites; biomechanics.

C. Zhang, Ph.D., P.Eng. (New Brunswick, Canada), Professor

Research interests include numerical simulations of gas-solid two-phase flows in fluidized beds and powder coating systems; vapor-liquid two-phase flows in power plant condensers; reactive turbulent flows in industrial furnaces and automobile engines.