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Mechanical Engineering Seminar: Marc Hodes

Friday, November 6, 2015
2:30pm – 3:20pm

Storrs Campus
UTEB 175

Marc Hodes, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

"Analysis of Convection in the Presence of Apparent Slip"

Abstract: A liquid flowing over a structured surface in the form of, e.g., ridges parallel to the flow, may be suspended in the unwetted (Cassie) state. I will introduce the physical principles and micro/nanotechnology that are exploited to trap a liquid in this state, where the no-slip boundary condition does not apply. I will present our conformal map and convolution theory-based analytical solution to an inner thermal problem that captures the effects of evaporation and condensation along menisci. Then, I will discuss our analytical results for the Nusselt number (Nu) governing an outer thermal problem where arbitrary and asymmetric hydrodynamic and thermal (apparent) slip are imposed on a thermally-developing Couette flow. Lastly, I will discuss our present work on the effects of thermocapillary stress and meniscus curvature on both types of apparent slip lengths.

Bio: Marc Hodes received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, where he performed research on dielectric liquid cooling of microelectronics. In 1998, he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research addressed salt deposition (fouling) in supercritical water oxidation reactors used for the destruction of hazardous organic wastes. After holding a succession of appointments from Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff to Manager over a 10 year period at Bell Labs, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tufts University in the Fall of 2008 as an Associate Professor. Professor Hodes' research interests are in heat and mass transfer and, over the course of his career, four thematic areas have been addressed, i.e., 1) the thermal management of electronics, 2) mass transfer in supercritical fluids, 3) analysis of thermoelectric modules and 4) analysis of convection in the presence of apparent slip. Since joining Tufts University in the fall of 2008 Professor Hodes' research has been supported by the Department of Energy, NSF, DARPA, Science Foundation Ireland, the Wittich Energy Sustainability Research Initiation Fund, Tufts University and domestic and foreign industrial partners.


Michael T. Pettes,, 860-486-2855

Institute of Material Science (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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