The mission of the Thermal Science Research Center (TSRC) is to conduct both basic and applied research, development, and design in the broad engineering area of Thermal Science. This includes emphasis in:
- physical model development,
- mutual verification;
- data reduction;
- correlational development; and
- advancements in product, component or process development.
The Institute for High Heat Flux Removal (IHHFR) in the TSRC is developing a new facility to investigate mechanisms and quantitative factors controlling high heat flux removal in engineering components. Unified aspects of results will be applicable also to electronic component cooling and other high heat flux applications including reactor technology, long-range air transport, and advanced material processing. Current research includes areas such as: conjugate heat transfer, and nucleate flow boiling; subcooled flow boiling; and local heat transfer. Additional capability exists in the following areas: natural convection in enclosures; and mixed convection internal and external geometries. Other capabilities of this center include: providing correlational assessment of subcooled flow boiling, thermal management systems for space applications, flow boiling for fusion applications, and high heat flux testing and modeling. The current work is proceeding with international alliances on fusion high heat flux component development which involve collaborating with investigators (faculty, and national laboratory personnel, and corporation and industrial personnel) from the United States, the European Community, Japan, and the former Soviet Union.
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