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Department of Mechanical Engineering 
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Research

5-kWh Thermal Energy Storage tank, collaboration with UCLA Energy Innovation Laboratory

Computational Fluid Dynamics of Supercritical Thermal Energy Storage System

Corona discharge in longitudinal channels for heat transfer enhancement

CFD analysis of secondary flows induced by corona discharge in rectangular mini channels

Design of a 5kWh Lab-scale Thermal Energy Storage Tank using elemental fluids

In this effort, a decentralized grid-independent, zero-carbon-footprint water treatment system is developed. The system utilizes a micro-filtration pre-treatment, a two-stage reverse osmosis, and an ultraviolet disinfection post-treatment. The system is solely powered by solar-photovoltaic panels through a battery bank. The developed system is capable of desalinating and disinfecting a permeate flow rate of 1.2-1.8 gpm with a recovery rate of 60-80%.  A minimum salt rejection rate of 97.5% is achieved at 140 psi of feed water pressure. For more information, please visit our website at www.drowt.org  

Low-cost Thermal Energy Storage

In this research,  different thermal energy storage systems are investigated. Using a variety of experimental and computational methods, the effectiveness of heat transfer process during different charge and discharge situations is studied and characterized.

Sponsor: UCLA/Department of Energy

Collaborators: Dr. Richard Wirz, Mechanical Engineering, UCLA

Thermal testing of single element Thermal Energy Storage using elemental sulfur as storage medium

Electrohydrodynamics (EHD) and Ion-driven Flows

In this project, the effect of corona discharge and ion-drag flows on enhancement of convective heat transfer and pumping efficiency is investigated computationally and experimentally.