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Fluid Dynamics/Thermal Science Lab

The Micro Scale Heat Transfer Laboratory (MSHTL) develops state of the art experimentation in processes such as micro-boiling, spray cooling, and Laser Induced Fluorescence Thermometry. Today trends indicate that these processes are finding interesting applications on drop-on-demand delivery systems, ink-jet technology and fast transient systems (such as combustion or microseconds scale boiling.)

SCU Research Team:
Dr. Jorge E. Gonzalez
Dr. Drazen Fabris
Sergio Escobar, MSME

HP-Aguadilla, PR Research Team:
Lester Ortiz
Julio Cartagena

HP-Palo Alto, CA Collaborators:
Mr. Cullen Bash
Dr. Ratnesh Sharma

Micro-Boiling Experimentation
Homogeneous boiling, heterogeneous boiling, bubble growth rate and other parameters are investigated on micro-heaters under the effect of applied energy pulses with duration of microseconds.

Research in collaboration with Hewlett Packard-Palo Alto, CA.
Supported by Hewlett Packard and by the National Science Foundation, grant CTS-0131994.

Temperature Characterization in Micro-channels
Instantaneous temperature variations in space and time are investigated through experimental measurements in micro-channels, also the effect of the temperature history term in boiling processes inside micro-channels.

Research in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, PR, and with Hewlett Packard-Agüadilla, PR.
Supported by Hewlett Packard and by the National Science Foundation.

Thermal Ink Jet Research
Characterization of the thermal ink jet process through modeling and experimentation. Thermo and hydrodynamics variables are investigated in the ink jet process.

Research in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, PR, and with Hewlett Packard-Agüadilla, PR.
Supported by Hewlett Packard and by the National Science Foundation.

Fluid Delivery Modeling
Characterization of pressure behavior and fluid flow in small fluid reservoirs.

Research in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, PR, and with Hewlett Packard-Agüadilla, PR.
Supported by Hewlett Packard and by the National Science Foundation.

Laboratory Facilities and Equipment
A list of the experimental capabilities and of the equipment available at the laboratory is found on this link.