Associate Professor Kamel Hooman

Associate Professor

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
k.hooman@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53677

Overview

Dr Hooman completed his PhD at UQ, for which he received a Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence and an Emerald Engineering Award (Outstanding Doctoral Research). He is a T&R academic staff within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. Dr Hooman's research interests are in Thermofluids and Energy.

He is the QGECE Director (Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence; http://www.geothermal.uq.edu.au/) and has a strong research record in the field of heat transfer and energy. He is recognised worldwide for his work on heat exchangers, which are essential technology for power generation and energy management.

He has pioneered the use of metal foams in fuel cells, supercritical heat exchangers for geo/solar thermal power plants and scaling of natural draft dry cooling towers.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering), The University of Queensland
  • Master of Science, Tehran University
  • Bachelor of Science, Mazandaran University

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Available Projects

  • Due to their relatively low efficiencies, a geothermal or medium-concentration solar thermal power plant generates almost twice as much waste heat per MW generated electricity compared to coal-fired power plants operating at higher temperatures. Based on a cycle efficiency of 15%, a 50-MWe power plant needs to have a 283-MWe heat sink. To dispose of this heat using a wet cooling tower consumes water at about a rate of 100 kg/s or 3.2 million tonnes per year. This brings about natural draft cooling towers, air-cooled heat exchangers with little or no parasitic losses compared to fan-cooled systems, to be the only available option for geothermal and solar power plants where the condensing fluid in most medium-temperature binary power plants is not steam but a hydrocarbon or a refrigerant.

    The principal objective of the proposed project is to carry out the enabling research towards a detailed proposal for design, construction and testing of a natural draft dry cooling tower optimally designed for geothermal and solar thermal power plants. It is proposed to undertake this study through construction of a scaled experimental rig and theoretical and experimental investigation of the effect of wind and terrain features, other cooing tower parameters, and novel heat exchanger alternatives.

    The student will be part of an international team working alongside experienced researchers on interesting questions of science which are of immediate industrial importance. Close collaboration with industrial partners is another benefit to the student.

    The project is funded by Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence.

  • Over the past years, we have been developing in-house models to design single-stage impulse and single-stage reaction turbines. The aim of this thesis is to investigate geometry-dependent loss mechanisms and improving the design to reduce the losses and enhance the efficiency of a supercritical compressor.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Pillai, Krishna M. and Hooman, Kamel (2013). An introduction to medeling flows in porous media. In Reza Masoodi and Krishna M. Pillai (Ed.), Wicking in porous materials: traditional and modern modeling approaches (pp. 55-96) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Pillai, Krishna M. and Hooman, Kamel (2013). An introduction to modeling flows in porous media. In Reza Masoodi and Krishna M. Pillai (Ed.), Wicking in porous materials: traditional and modern modeling approaches (pp. 55-96) Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b12972-5

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Kuruneru, Sahan T.W., Sauret, Emilie, Saha, Suvash C., Gu, YuanTong and Hooman, Kamel (2015). A novel experimental method to assess industrial aerosol deposition in idealised porous channels. In: Kamel Hooman, Hal Gurgenci, Zhiqiang Guan, Yuanshen Lu and Manuel Lucas, Proceedings of the 17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (553-562). 7-11 September 2015.

  • Fadhilah, S. A., Malayeri, M. R. and Hooman, K. (2015). A review of particulate fouling and challenges of metal foam heat exchangers. In: Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning - 2015. Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning XI - 2015, Dublin, Ireland, (166-174). 7-12 June 2015.

  • Lu, Yuanshen, Parulekar, Prashant, Guan, Zhiqiang and Hooman, Kamel (2015). A study on cooling performance of air-cooled heat exchangers for CSG production. In: Kamel Hooman, Hal Gurgenci, Zhiqiang Guan, Yuanshen Lu and Manuel Lucas, Proceedings of the 17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (413-430). 7-11 September 2015.

  • Odabaee, M., Shanechi, M. M., Guan, Zhiqiang and Hooman, K. (2015). Comparison of direct and indirect cooling in an sCO2 Brayton cycle for concentrated solar power plants. In: Kamel Hooman, Hal Gurgenci, Zhiqiang Guan, Yuanshen Lu and Manuel Lucas, Proceedings of the 17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (493-503). 7-11 September 2015.

  • Sadafi, M. H. and Hooman, K. (2015). Contact of droplets with heat exchanger surfaces in spray assisted dry cooling towers using saline water – a numerical study. In: Kamel Hooman, Hal Gurgenci, Zhiqiang Guan, Yuanshen Lu and Manuel Lucas, Proceedings of the 17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (543-552). 7-11 September 2015.

  • Russell, Hugh, Hooman, Kamel and Guan, Zhiqiang (2015). Design, construction and early testing of a 1-mw natural draft dry cooling tower. In: Kamel Hooman, Hal Gurgenci, Zhiqiang Guan, Yuanshen Lu and Manuel Lucas, Proceedings of the 17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (527-534). 7-11 September 2015.

  • Guan, Z., Yu, S., Hooman, K., Gurgenci, H. and Barry, J. (2015). Dust characterisation for solar collector deposition and cleaning in a concentrating solar thermal power plant. In: M. Reza Malayeri, Hans Müller-Steinhagen and A. Paul Watkinson, Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning - 2015. Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning, Dublin, Ireland, (301-307). 7-12 June 2015.

  • Odabaee, M., Shanechi, M. M., Guan, Zhiqiang and Hooman, K. (2015). Heat transfer augmentation and opimisation in a solar enhanced natural draft dry cooling tower. In: Kamel Hooman, Hal Gurgenci, Zhiqiang Guan, Yuanshen Lu and Manuel Lucas, Proceedings of the 17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (451-459). 7-11 September 2015.

  • Forooghi, Pourya, Hess, Jacob, Frohnapfel, Bettina and Hooman, Kamel (2015). Heat transfer of fluids with highly variable properties in plate-type heat exchangers. In: Kamel Hooman, Hal Gurgenci, Zhiqiang Guan, Yuanshen Lu and Manuel Lucas, Proceedings of the 17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (152-161). 7-11 September 2015.

  • Sadafi, M. H., González Ruiz, S., Vetrano, M. R., van Beeck, J., Jahn, I., Buchlin, J. M. and Hooman, K. (2015). On the Influence of Low-power Laser Source on the Evaporation of Single Droplets: Experimental and Numerical Approaches. In: Selected papers from the 7th International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium, IEEE7-2015. International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium, Valenciennes, France, (81-87). 27-30 April 2015.

  • Sadafi, Mohamadhosein, Sara, G. R., Maria Rosaria, V., Jeroen, V. B., Ingo Jahn, Jean-Marie, B. and Hooman, Kamel (2015). On the influence of low-power laser source on the evaporation of single droplets: experimental and numerical approaches. In: 7th International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium. International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium, Valenciennes, France, (). 27-30 April 2015.

  • Shanechi, Mohsen Modir, Odabaee, Mostafa and Hooman, Kamel (2015). Optimisation of a high pressure ratio radial-inflow turbine: coupled CFD-FE analysis. In: ASME Turbo Expo 2015: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition (GT2015). ASME Turbo Expo, Montreal, Canada, (). 15-19 June 2015. doi:10.1115/GT2015-42208

  • Ashtiani Abdi, Iman, Odabaee, Mostafa, Khashehchi, Morteza and Hooman, Kamel (2015). Pore size effect on the wake shear layer of a metal foam covered cylinder at relatively high Reynolds number. In: International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena (TSFP-9), Melbourne, Australia, (). 30 June - 3 July 2015.

  • Sakhaei, Mehryar, Ashtiani Abdi, Iman and Hooman, Kamel (2015). Transient investigation of hydrodynamics of flow in inclined tube bundles. In: Kamel Hooman, Hal Gurgenci, Zhiqiang Guan, Yuanshen Lu and Manuel Lucas, Proceedings of the 17th IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat Exchanger. IAHR International Conference on Cooling Tower and Heat, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (583-591). 7-11 September 2015.

  • Ashtiani Abdi, I., Khashehchi, M., Modirshanechi, M. and Hooman, K. (2014). A comparative analysis on the velocity profile and vortex shedding of heated foamed cylinders. In: Harun Chowdhury and Firoz Alam, Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (151.1-151.4). 8-11 December 2014.

  • Sadafi, M. H., Jahn, I., Stilgoe, A. B. and Hooman, K. (2014). An investigation of evaporation from single saline water droplets: experimental and theoretical approaches. In: Harun Chowdhury and Firoz Alam, Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (216.1-216.4). 8-11 December 2014.

  • Odabaee, M., Shanechi, Mohsen Modir and Hooman, K. (2014). CFD simulation and FE analysis of a high pressure ratio radial inflow turbine. In: Harun Chowdhury and Firoz Alam, The Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 19AFMC: 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (1-4). 8-11 December, 2014.

  • Sauret, Emilie, Hooman, Kamel and Saha, Suvash C. (2014). CFD simulations of flow and heat transfer through the porous interface of a metal foam heat exchanger. In: ASME 2014 Power Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, (1-6). 28-31 July, 2014. doi:10.1115/POWER2014-32157

  • Odabaee, Mostafa, Sauret, Emilie and Hooman, Kamel (2014). Computational fluid dynamics simulation and turbomachinery code validation of a high pressure ratio radial-inflow turbine. In: HEFAT 2014: 10th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Orlando, FL, USA, (1-7). 14-16 July, 2014.

  • He, Suoying, Guan, Zhiqiang, Gurgenci, Hal, Hooman, Kamel and Alkhedhair, Abdullah M. (2014). Experimental study of heat transfer coefficient and pressure drop of cellulose corrugated media. In: Harun Chowdhury and Firoz Alam, Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (176.1-176.4). 8-11 December 2014.

  • Sauret, E., Abdi, I. and Hooman, K. (2014). Fouling of waste heat recovery: numerical and experimental results. In: Harun Chowdhury and Firoz Alam, Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (38.1-38.4). 8-11 December 2014.

  • Iman, Ashtiani Abdi, Khashehchi, Morteza and Hooman, Kamel (2014). Investigation of large-scale structures behind a single tube (finned and foamed tube) using two-point correlations. In: Proceedings of the ASME 2014 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting FEDSM2014. 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, Chicago Il, United States, (1-7). 3-7 August 2014. doi:10.1115/FEDSM2014-21236

  • Modir-Shanechi, M., Odabaee, M., Bua, I. and Hooman, K. (2014). Numerical study of turbulent convective cooling of vertical heat-generating rods using supercritical water. In: Harun Chowdhury and Firoz Alam, Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (56.1-56.4). 8-11 December 2014.

  • Modirshanechi, Mohsen, Hooman, Kamel, Abdi, Ashtiani and Forooghi, Pourya (2014). Numerical study of turbulent convective in upward flows of supercritical water in the triangular lattice fuel rod bundle. In: Proceedings of the ASME 2014 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting FEDSM2014. 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, Chicago Il, United States, (1-9). 3-7 August 2014. doi:10.1115/FEDSM2014-21300

  • Hooman, Kamel (2014). Thermohydraulics of porous heat exchangers: full or partial blockage?. In: Kambiz Vafai, Adrian Bejan, Akira Nakayama and Oronzio Manca, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Porous Media and its Application in Science and Engineering. 5th International Conference on Porous Media and its Application in Science and Engineering, Kona, Hawaii, (). 22-27 June, 2014.

  • Abdi, Iman Ashtiani, Khashehchi, Morteza and Hooman, Kamel (2013). A comparison between the separated flow structures near the wake of a bare and a foam-covered circular cylinder. In: ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2013. ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2013, Incline Village, NV, United States, (). 7-11 July 2013. doi:10.1115/FEDSM2013-16507

  • Hooman, K. and Guan, Z. (2013). Advances in air-cooled heat exchangers. In: Proceedings of the 16th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference. 16th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference (IAHR 16), Minsk, Belarus, (1-11). 30 September-2 October 2013.

  • Saulov, D. N., Veeraragavan, A., Hooman, K., Torero, J. L. and Klimenko, A. Y. (2013). Review of combustion issues in underground fires. In: Mingming Zhu, Yu Ma, Yun Yu, Hari Vuthaluru, Zhezi Zhang and Dongke Zhang, Australian Combustion Symposium 2013: Proceedings. ACS2013: Australian Combustion Symposium 2013, Crawley, WA, Australia, (120-123). 6-8 November, 2013.

  • Khashehchi, Morteza and Hooman, Kamel (2013). The analysis of the wake behind a foamed and a finned cylinder. In: S. Kaitwanidvilai, Power and Energy Systems (AsiaPES): Proceedings of the 6th IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems. 6th IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems, Phuket, Thailand, (339-346). 10-12 April 2013. doi:10.2316/P.2013.800-094

  • Guan, Z, Gurgenci, H, Hooman, K, He, S and Alkhedhair, A (2013). Wind tunnel studies on inlet air pre-cooling for concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. In: Proceedings of the 16th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference. 16th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference (IAHR 16), Minsk, Belarus, (1-11). 30 September-2 October 2013.

  • Khashehchi, M., Hooman, K., Roesgen, T. and Ooi, A. (2012). A comparison between the wake behind finned and foamed circular cylinders in cross-flow. In: 15th International Symposium on Flow Visualization. 15th International Symposium on Flow Visualization, Minsk, Belarus, (). 25-28 June 2012.

  • Odabaee, M. and Hooman, K. (2012). Metal foam heat exchangers for thermal management of fuel cell systems. In: Kambiz Vafai, Porous Media And Its Applications In Science, Engineering, And Industry: Fourth International Conference. 4th Porous Media and Its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry, Potsdam, Germany, (237-241). 17-22 June 2012. doi:10.1063/1.4711182

  • Tamayol, A., Yeom, J., Hooman, Kamel and Akbari, M. (2012). Moderate Reynolds number flow through microchannels filled with arrays of micro-cylinders. In: Kambiz Vafai, Porous Media And Its Applications In Science, Engineering, And Industry: Fourth International Conference. 4th Porous Media and Its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry, Potsdam, Germany, (83-88). 17-22 June 2012. doi:10.1063/1.4711157

  • Forooghi, P., Xu, R., Jiang, P. X. and Hooman, K. (2012). Numerical simulation of convective heat transfer for supercritical CO2 in vertical pipes using V2F turbulence model. In: P. A. Brandner and B. W. Pearce, Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC), Launceston, Australia, (). 3-7 December 2012.

  • Ashtiani Abdi, I., Khashehchi, M. and Hooman, K. (2012). PIV analysis of the wake behind a single tube and a one-row tube bundle: foamed and finned tubes. In: P. A. Brandner and B. W. Pearce, Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Launceston, Australia, (). 3-7 December 2012.

  • Chumpia, A. and Hooman, K. (2012). Quantification of contact resistance of metal foam heat exchangers for improved, air-cooled condensers in geothermal power application. In: P. A. Brandner and B. W. Pearce, Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Launceston, Australia, (). 3-7 December 2012.

  • Khashehchi, M., Hooman, K., Ooi, A. and Roesgen, T. (2012). The proper orthogonal decomposition in the analysis of the wake behind a foamed and a finned circular cylinder. In: P. A. Brandner and B. W. Pearce, Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference. 18th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Launceston, Australia, (). 3-7 December 2012.

  • Khashehchi, Morteza, Elsinga, Gerrit E., Hooman, Kamel, Ooi, Andrew, Soria, Julio and Marusic, Ivan (2012). Tomographic PIV assessment of turbulence characteristics in the developing region of a turbulent round jet. In: 16th International Symposia on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics, Lisbon, Portugal, (1-13). 9-12 July 2012.

  • Odabaee, M. and Hooman, K. (2011). Finned tubes versus metal foams as air-cooled heat exchangers. In: Zhao Shun'an and Li Wuquan, The 15th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger conference & 2011 Annual Symposium of Industrial Cooling Tower Study Committee of CSEE Thermal Power Chapter Proceedings. 15th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference & 2011 Annual Symposium of Industrial Cooling Tower Study Committee of CSEE Thermal Power Chapter, Beijing, People's Republic of China, (335-339). 23-26 October 2011.

  • Sakhaei, Mehryar and Hooman, Kamel (2011). Inclined arrangements of heat exchanger bundles for natural draft dry cooling towers. In: Zhao Shun'an and Li Wuquan, Proceedings: The 15th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger Conference & 2011 Annual Symposium of Industrial Cooling Tower Study Committee of CSEE Thermal Power Chapter. 15th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger Conference, Beijing, People's Republic of China, (373-378). 23-26 October 2011.

  • Odabaee, Mostafa, Chumpia, Ampon and Hooman, Kamel (2011). Numerical investigation of fouling on metal foam heat exchanger as air-cooled condenser for geothermal power plants. In: EuroTherm 2011 Bi-annual Series - Conference of Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning, Crete, Greece, (). 5-10 June 2011.

  • Hooman, Kamel, Odabaee, Mostafa and Tamayol, Ali (2011). Particle deposition effects on heat transfer from a porous heat sink. In: Li, X., Massarotti, N. and Nithiarasu, P., Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computational Methods for Thermal Problems. Computational Methods for Thermal Problems, Dalian, China, (263-266). 5-7 September 2011.

  • Hooman, Kamel (2011). QGECE research on dry cooling for geothermal power plants. In: Zhao Shun'an and Li Wuquan, 15th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference & 2011 Annual Symposium of Industrial Cooling Tower Study Committee of CSEE Thermal Power Chapter. 15th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference & 2011 Annual Symposium of Industrial Cooling Tower Study Committee of CSEE Thermal Power Chapter, Beijing, People's Republic of China, (340-346). October 23-26 2011.

  • Hooman, K. and Guan, Z. (2011). QGECE research on heat exchangers. In: Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Geothermal Energy Conference. Australian Geothermal Energy Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (103-108). 16-18 November 2011.

  • Mostafa Odabaee, Hooman, Kamel and Gurgenci, Halim (2010). Entropy-energy analysis of metal foam heat exchangers as air-cooled heat exchangers. In: 3rd International Conference on Porous Media and its Applications in Science and Engineering ICPM, Montecatini, Italy, (). 20-25 June 2010.

  • Hooman, Kamel (2010). Improving the performance of natural draft dry cooling towers for application in geothermal power plants. In: 17th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (). 5-9 December 2010.

  • Hooman, K. (2010). QGECE research on heat exchangers and air-cooled condensers. In: Australian Geothermal Energy Conference, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (). 16-19 November 2010.

  • Tanimizu Katsuyoshi and Hooman, Kamel (2010). Scaling laws for a natural draft cooling tower: Porous medium modelling of the heat exchangers. In: 3rd International Conference on Porous Media and its Applications in Science and Engineering ICPM, Montecatini, Italy, (). 20-25 June 2010.

  • Odabaee, Mostafa, Hooman, Kamel and Gurgenci, Hal (2009). Comparing the Tube Fin Heat Exchangers to Metal Foam Heat Exchangers for Geothermal Applications. In: A. Budd, The 2nd Annual Australian Geothermal Energy Conference, Brisbane Australia, (). 11-13 November 2009.

  • Aminossadati, Saiied M. and Hooman, Kamel (2008). Numerical simulation of ventilation air flow in underground mine workings. In: K. G. Wallace, 12th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium 2008. 12th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium 2008, Reno, Nevada, USA, (253-259). 9-11 June, 2008.

  • Hooman, K., Gurgenci, Halim and Dincer, Ibrahim (2007). Heatline and 'energy flux vector' visualization of natural convection in a porous cavity occupied by a fluid with temperature-dependent viscosity. In: K. Vafai, Second International Conference on Porous Media and its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry, Kauai, Hawaii, US, (). 17-21 June 2007.

  • Mohebpour, SR, Malekzadeh, P and Hooman, K (2005). The dynamic response of the asymmetric composite laminated beam carrying moving masses. In: Computational Methods and Experiments in Materials Characterisation II. 2nd International Conference on Computation Methods and Experiments in Material Characterisation, Portland Me, (23-32). Nov 02-04, 2005.

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Due to their relatively low efficiencies, a geothermal or medium-concentration solar thermal power plant generates almost twice as much waste heat per MW generated electricity compared to coal-fired power plants operating at higher temperatures. Based on a cycle efficiency of 15%, a 50-MWe power plant needs to have a 283-MWe heat sink. To dispose of this heat using a wet cooling tower consumes water at about a rate of 100 kg/s or 3.2 million tonnes per year. This brings about natural draft cooling towers, air-cooled heat exchangers with little or no parasitic losses compared to fan-cooled systems, to be the only available option for geothermal and solar power plants where the condensing fluid in most medium-temperature binary power plants is not steam but a hydrocarbon or a refrigerant.

    The principal objective of the proposed project is to carry out the enabling research towards a detailed proposal for design, construction and testing of a natural draft dry cooling tower optimally designed for geothermal and solar thermal power plants. It is proposed to undertake this study through construction of a scaled experimental rig and theoretical and experimental investigation of the effect of wind and terrain features, other cooing tower parameters, and novel heat exchanger alternatives.

    The student will be part of an international team working alongside experienced researchers on interesting questions of science which are of immediate industrial importance. Close collaboration with industrial partners is another benefit to the student.

    The project is funded by Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence.

  • Over the past years, we have been developing in-house models to design single-stage impulse and single-stage reaction turbines. The aim of this thesis is to investigate geometry-dependent loss mechanisms and improving the design to reduce the losses and enhance the efficiency of a supercritical compressor.