NOV 5 – Azadeh Ghadimi – MECH Research Seminar Series

Dr. Azadeh Ghadimi has received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University Malaya, Malaysia in 2013. Her research mainly focuses on Nanofluid fundamentals and applications. She worked essentially on stability and heat transfer enhancement of different types of nanofluids and is an expert on renewable energy applications of nanofluid including electric car battery and solar panels. She served as an assistant professor at Taylor’s University in Malaysia for 5 years. During this period, she published several review and technical articles which were cited more than 700 times by global researchers. She is currently Refrigeration Chair in ASHRAE Toronto Chapter.

Re-Imaging Energy by Nanofluid

Engineering in the 21st century is global. What engineering needs to deliver to all people on the planet in the 21st century was summarised by National Academy of Engineers (NAE) in 2008 in just 15 words. Continuation of life on the planet, making our world more sustainable, secure, healthy, and joyful. To fulfill this worldwide vision, it is required to implement leading-edge techniques and materials to have secure, renewable and sustainable products. Therefore, a new engineering medium, called nanofluid attracted the attention of a wide range of researchers on many engineering applications including healthcare, transportation, space, and food. Nanofluid is prepared by dispersion of nanoparticles or nanotubes in a host fluid. The stability of nanofluid is a real challenge to further scale up from lab to industrial applications. Different factors identify the stability of the suspension essentially by the method of preparation, concentration of nanoparticles, and temperature. Studies showed that heat transfer enhancement of nanofluid could reach up to 100% in comparison with the base fluid. Improving heat transfer medium which is a critical subject for energy conservation systems directly affects economic efficiency and supports a wide range of renewable energy applications.