Seminar: Ted Bergman of University of Kansas

Event Date: March 23, 2017
Event Time: 3:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Event held in MEC 341
Refreshments at 3:30, presentation at 4:00

Large-scale solar-thermal electric power generation requires development of novel energy storage schemes in order to deliver clean power in a cost-effective manner. Similarly, electric power generation using either conventional or non-conventional heat sources consumes huge quantities of water, and new approaches are needed to develop cost-effective air cooling strategies.

This presentation will describe recent fundamental and applied research that could lead to significant reduction of thermal resistances that plague both (i) thermal energy storage using phase change materials in conjunction with solar-thermal power generation, and (ii) air cooling of large Rankine cycle plants. Specifically, the challenges and opportunities associated with usage of heat pipes, which are passive devices that pose ultra-low resistances to heat transfer, are presented and discussed.

Theodore L. Bergman

Dr. Bergman received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Purdue, and his B.S. from the University of Kansas (KU). He returned to KU as Chairman of Mechanical Engineering in 2012. He was previously a faculty member at the University of Connecticut (1996 – 2012) and The University of Texas at Austin (1985 –1996). From 1998 to 2004 he was Head of the ME Department at UConn and served as Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Outreach in 2004 and 2005, also at UConn. He directed the Thermal Transport Processes Program at the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. Early in his career, Bergman worked at Black & Veatch, designing the cooling systems for large electric power generation stations.

Dr. Bergman is a co-author of several widely-used heat transfer texts, has served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and Frontiers in Heat Transfer, and has received a number of awards including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the ASME Heat Transfer Division Best Paper Award, and the ASME Melville Medal. A Fellow of ASME since 1995, he has published over 130 refereed articles.