Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Directional thermal emission"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Description:
The goal of our research is to design a realistic way to efficiently capture waste heat that is thermally emitted toward a distant receiver. The basic concept will be to design an asymmetric thermal emitter structure varying across its surface, with the majority of emission targeted at the receiver.
Expected Student Contributions:
The DURI intern will first calculate the emissivity function using RCWA or FDTD methods. Then the intern will use these results to calculate the effective view factor. The algorithm will then be tested with different realistic cases to see in which specific structures we can obtain a good view factor. The benefit of this design is to improve the view factor, without restricting the separation or the area ratio between the emitter and the receiver. This should increase the capture of thermal radiation at a receiver, while maintaining a greater thermal difference between source and receiver. The net benefit of this approach for overall system efficiency will also be quantified.
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Desired Qualifications:
GPA 3.1 or higher Prior coursework: PHYS 272, ECE 201, 255, 264, 301
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Bermel, Peter
electrical and computer eng

Student Supervisor

Enas Sakr
Graduate Research Assistant

Cooperating Faculty

Tim Fisher
Mechanical Engineering