Applied Thermofluids Laboratory

Applied Thermofluids Laboratory


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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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.



We are grateful to acknowledge our sponsors and partners for their support.



October 13, 2020: Computed tomography scans of li-ion battery vent caps are now publicly available for download.  Two battery caps are available: MTI 18650 and LG MJ1.


October 8, 2020: Dr. Ostanek is helping to organize a Fall 2020 all-virtual, student mini-talk event to be hosted by the Purdue Polytechnic - Realizing the Digital Enterprise (RDE) Research Group.  Click here to apply to showcase your research and for a chance to win a cash prize!


September 24, 2020: Dr. Ostanek and Luis visited the DigIndy tunnel for a photo shoot with our sponsors at Citizens Energy Group. 


September 12, 2020: Weisi's paper was accepted for publication "Comparison of Current Interrupt Device and Vent Design for 18650 Format Lithium-ion Battery Caps", Journal of Energy Storage.  Congrats, Weisi!


August 31, 2020: Dr. Mohammad Parhizi joins ATFL as a post-doctoral researcher, focusing on li-ion battery safety.  Welcome, Dr. Parhizi!

ATFL in the News

Engineering Technology researchers creating digital model of DigIndy sewage tunnels to “clear the air” Posted on: December 13, 2019

Jason Ostanek, assistant professor of engineering technology and director of Purdue’s Applied Thermofluids Laboratory, and graduate students Luis Maldonado and Jhon Quiñones are working with Citizens Energy Group to study air flow in the DigIndy Tunnel System, a 28-mile network of 18-foot diameter sewage storage tunnels being built 250 feet below Indianapolis.

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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