Thermal Energy Conversion


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Thermal Energy Conversion


We study on the heat and mass transfer mechanism of fluid in heat and power conversion systems and thermal energy utilization systems for advanced energy conversion technologies. There are following research groups in the lab. The super critical pressurized fluid group aims to clarifiy the heat transfer mechanism of the fluid at super critical pressuer for a development of new generation advanced nuclear reactor. The advanced heat exchanger group forcusing on the heat exchanger for heat pump and heat & power systems aims to clarify the boiling and condensation mechanisms of fluid, and the properties in a capillary tube as an element of heat exchanger. The hydrogen absorption and energy storage system group focuses on the advanced hydrogen storage and heat pump system using metal hydride packed beds. The thermal fluid flowing in micro scale porous material group aims to clarify the heat and mass transfer mechanism of two phase flow in micro scale porous medium such as a gas diffusion layer in a fuel cell sysytem. The adsorption group focuses on the development of the advanced thermal energy convertion technologies with vapor adsorption process driven by low grade thermal energy from waste heat, solar and renewable energy.


Professor Hideo Mori
Associate Professor Yoshinori Hamamoto
Assistant Professor Kazushi Miyata

The Main Research Topics

  • Heat transfer mechanism of the super critical pressurized fluid and the development of heat transfer correlations for new generation advanced nuclear reactor
  • Characteristics of the critical heat flux at near the critical pressure
  • Boiling and condensing flow mechanism in a mini channel for the advanced heat exchanger development
  • Heat and mass transfer mechanism in a metal hydride packed bed for hydrogen storage and heat pump technologies
  • Heat and mass transfer in an adsorbent material controlled pore size for thermal energy utilization technologies
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