University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Yitung Chen of UNLV is working on developing numerical models that can be used to bridge between experimental design and results to better understanding of physical behavior, particularly related to fluid flow and heat transfer effects in solar receivers and various types of heat exchangers.
Dr. Chen’s work will concentrate on three areas: 1) Modeling of fluid flow and heat transfer phenomena over high performance surfaces to be used in dry cooling heat exchangers. 2) Predicting the flow and heat transfer in high temperature solar receiver designs. 3) Development of a model of supercritical CO2 power systems will be developed for analysis of the impact of key parameters.
Chen is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UNLV. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah in 1991. He is a Fellow of ASME. He has received Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award, Alex G. and Faye Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award, Distinguished Researcher Award, Outstanding Teacher Awards, and Eminent Engineer and Distinguished Professor of the Year 2012” of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Engineering Society during his tenure at UNLV. He is an internationally recognized researcher in the experimental and computational of thermal/fluid and energy conservation. He is author / co-author of one book “Computational Partial Differential Equations using MATLAB,” and approximately 80 technical journals and 260 peer-review conference proceedings.