Applied Thermofluids Laboratory

Applied Thermofluids Laboratory

ABOUT

Applied Thermofluids LaboratoryThe Applied Thermofluids Laboratory (ATFL) at Purdue conducts basic and applied research in the thermal-fluid sciences: thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. We study a wide range of research applications, from safety of lithium-ion batteries to dehydration of food products. Students working in this lab will benefit from a highly team-oriented approach to problem solving. Often times, students will work together on research projects in small, highly-functioning teams. Students frequently have the opportunity to present their work to the group for feedback and so that others can gain a sense of the challenges and problem solving methods being used within the lab. To solve the thermal-fluids challenges posed by industry and government sponsors, students will utilize a combination of experimental and computational research methods. Students will strengthen technical skills as well as skills in communication, writing, presenting, data analysis, and interpersonal relationships. Through this approach, students graduating from ATFL will enter their next career as a more well-rounded engineer and technologist.

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Research

Battery Safety

Li-ion batteries produce heat and gas under certain abuse conditions. We study phenomena such as the onset of thermal runaway, the subsequent venting process, and heat transfer from failing cells to their surroundings.

Stormwater Management

Many cities and municipalities in the US, especially in the midwest, use aging infrastructure to handle sewage and stormwater. We study the air and water flow in underground structures used for stormwater management.

Food Dehydration

Small farmers in developing countries often times will dry their crops in open air, on the roadside. This method of drying is unsanitary, inconvenient, and inefficient. We study air and moisture transport in compact, solar-assisted dehydrators for small farms to use in dehydration processes.

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ATFL News

Polytechnic professor aims to predict solar power availability using weather station data Posted on: June 10, 2019

Lisa Bosman wants use real-time and historical weather data to enable utility companies and solar energy system owners to predict when and where to expect sunshine and the resulting increase in solar energy generation.

Purdue partners with NSWC Crane to improve lithium-ion battery safety, performance Posted on: February 28, 2018

Jason Ostanek, assistant professor in Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Engineering Technology, and Partha P. Mukherjee, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will work with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to improve the safety and performance of lithium-ion batteries.

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MGL 1307B/C Jason Ostanek -