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ME Winter Seminar - 2/2614

You are cordially invited to the Mechanical Department Seminar Series

Speaker: Sathish Manickam
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Location: Bannan Hall 142 (Law Building)
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Mechanistic Modeling of Pool Boiling Heat Transfer

Experiments Heat Transfer to a Sliding Vapor Bubble


Sathish Manickam, PhD




Boiling is a complex and technologically relevant yet commonly observed natural process involving change of phase of matter from liquid to vapor by creation of vapor bubbles on heated surfaces. High rate of heat transfer observed during boiling makes it ideally suitable for applications ranging from power generation to electronics cooling. Much effort has been made to understand the process, and to develop correlations for use in design. However due to the complex nature of the process, many of them are empirical in nature, offering only limited insights into the nature and help in unknown design situations. Such observations have led studies in the past two decades to focus more on the mechanism of boiling and to develop correlations based on fundamental heat transfer mechanisms associated with the process. This talk presents a broad outline of such mechanistic models for boiling, and discusses in particular experiments related to heat transfer measurements on a sliding vapor bubble, a commonly encountered sub-process during boiling.



Sathish Manickam obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in boiling and two-phase flow heat transfer, under Prof. Vijay Dhir at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He has also done Post doctoral work at UCLA on film boiling and at the Stanford University School of Medicine on development of biomaterials and novel drug delivery systems. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, a premier graduate research institution in India, for about ten years on research areas including HVAC, Food Precooling and Alternate Energy Systems. Currently he is working on early stage development of a biomedical startup in the Bay Area. Beginning Spring 2014, he will also be an Adjunct Faculty at the Mechanical Engineering Department at SCU.