The main research topics of the Thermal and Flow Engineering Laboratory concern engineering processes, where energy conversion and thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer and fluid mechanics play important roles.
The laboratory studies aspects related to iron and steel making based on mathematical modeling and data mining techniques. Special attention has been paid to the analysis and interpretation of signals from the ironmaking blast furnace.
In the field of multiphase flow, the laboratory develops models and numerical methods for describing complex flows, paying special attention to problems of practical importance in industry, e.g., in fluidized beds and handling of granular matter. The research includes both theoretical and experimental work.
Aspects concerning energy distribution and conservation are actively studied, including optimization on distributed energy and heat-exchanger networks and co-production and distribution of district heat and cooling. New energy systems studies concentrate on the use sustainable energy sources such as thermal infrared radiation (TIR), and other “zero-fuel” energy technologies.
Waste processing and recycling studies focus on the recovery of energy and materials from waste streams such as sewage sludge, PVC and other plastics and polymers, automotive shredder residue, oil/water mixtures, etc.
In the field of soft computing, the laboratory studies the use of neural networks and genetic algorithms in tackling complex modeling and optimization engineering problems.
Research in the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves developments of mineral carbonation methods for CO2 long-term storage using Finland’s vast resources of magnesium silicate mineral. The production of carbonates of industrial waste materials and by-products is also studied.
Professor Henrik Saxén, professor in heat engineering
Professor Ron Zevenhoven, professor in engineering thermodynamics and modeling
Senior Lecturer Frank Pettersson, docent in modeling, simulation and optimization of systems in process engineering
Laboratory Manager Alf Hermansson
Alice Bittante, Doctoral Student
Rickard Erlund, Doctoral Student
Carl Haikarainen, Doctoral Student: Energy Systems Optimization
Mikko Helle, Research Associate: Blast Furnace Modeling
Alia Joko, Doctoral Student
Evelina Koivisto, Doctoral Student
Daniel Legendre, Doctoral Student
Marketa Mikolajková, Sc.D.(Techn.)
Debanga Mondal, Doctoral Student: Circulating Fluidized Bed flow dynamics
Abhay Bulsari, docent in artificial intelligence in process engineering
Tom Fredman, docent i mathematical modeling of heat conduction with industrial applications
Tor-Martin Tveit, docent in technology of energy systems
Chuan Wang, docent in sustainable iron- and steelmaking