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The research area of the thermal engineering group covers broad range of topics regarding next generation energy conversion methods and their applications. 1) Development of high-efficiency/environmentally-friendly internal combustion engines, gas turbines, and hybrid systems, 2) experimental and numerical studies on combustion and chemical kinetics of alternative fuels, 3) development of environmentally-friendly heat pumps for both heating and cooling, and 4) life-cycle analyses of greenhouse gases from energy uses have been the primary research focuses of the group. In addition, interdisciplinary studies employing micro/nano and energy technologies and utilizing graphene and nano fluids are ongoing as well to acquire core technologies in the fields of nano-scale photon and molecular energy. These cutting-edge interdisciplinary studies will facilitate the developments of future solar cells and fuel cells that can compete with current high-energy density fossil fuel energy systems.

Fuel Cell System Laboratory l  Prof. Kim, Min Soo 

Fuel cell is a power generating system which produces electiricity through the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxigen. Our laboratory aims to improve the efficieny and performance of fuel cell by improving the system of polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEM). We conduct diversifed research on fuel cell system, such as fault diagnosis of fuel cell, fuel cell cooling using boiling cooling, and system improvement using metal form channel.

Refrigeration System & Control Laboratory l  Prof. Kim, Min Soo 

Research and development for the thermal energy system are inevitable for the modern society where energy depletion and environmental pollution problems are severe. Target of our laboratory is to improve the thermal energy system and enhance its efficiency including heat pump system, thermal management system for electric vehicle, and super-critical CO2 system.

Mechatronics Laboratory l Prof. Kauh, Sang Ken 

We are designing and developing brand-new precision measurement embedded systems working in harsh environments or limited space, which cannot be solved by traditional mechanical measurement systems, with mechatronics technique. We are interested in microcontrollers, analog/digital circuits, host control software, and signal processing to make a portable, stand-alone measurement and control combined device.

Computer Aided Thermal Design Laboratory l  Prof. Kim, Charn Jung 

The CATD laboratory conducts research related a variety of fuel cell and battery models such as the performance and life prediction of lithium ion battery (LIB) using the Multi-Scale Multi-Dimensional (MSMD) modeling technique and the micro / CFD analysis model for efficient calculation of solid oxide fuel cells.

SNU Automotive Laboratory l  Prof. Min, Kyoungdoug 

As the worldwide concerns on the environment have been increased, current automotive industries have paid attention to ultra-low emission and high-efficiency powertrain. In keeping with the environmental regulation which is progressively more stringent, the SNUAL exploits the next-generation technology for internal combustion engine through CFD simulation, engine experiment, and rig experiment, and focuses on the eco-friendly power source of fuelcell.

Advanced Energy System Laboratory l  Prof. Song, Han Ho 

Propose a advanced energy system concept through simulation based on thermodynamics and experimentally verify it. In particular, based on the internal combustion engine, a new combustion strategy and operation optimization method are studied to present a highly efficient and eco-friendly system.

Applied Nano and Thermal Science (ANTS) Lab l  Prof. Ko, Seung Hwan​ 

ANTS lab trys realize all the conventional rigid electronics into wearable electronics by developing flexible/stretchable electronics. Generally, we study (i) nanomaterial synthesis, (ii) laser based low temperature process, (iii) various application in electronics. The applications includes e-skin, soft robotics, AI based wearable sensors, transparent/stretchable electronics, VR/AR devices, energy storage, energy generation, air filters, etc.

Reacting Flow Laboratory l  Prof. Do, Hyungrok 

1) Developing & designing high-performance environmental-friendly combustors for propulsion and high-efficiency energy conversion systems driven by high-pressure & high-temperature fluids.
2) Investigating compressible and high-energy fast reacting flows to develop hypersonic air-breathing propulsion systems.
3) Developing novel laser diagnostics methods for measurements in fluids and on solid surfaces.

Multiphase Flow and Flow Visualization Laboratory l Prof. Park, Hyungmin 

Multiphase Flow & Flow Visualization Laboratory (MFFV) is mainly interested in studying and solving various multiphase flow phenomena in various energy, biological and environmental flow systems, based on the experimental and theoretical approaches. In particular, we focus on gas-liquid, solid-gas and oil-water two-phase flows and perform research projects on energy, nuclear, semiconductor processing, medical, marine spill control, and fine dust.

Multiscale Energy Systems Laboratory l  Prof. Choi, Man Soo 

Multiscale energy system laboratory centers on design of unique multiscale structures using various materials by means of ion-assisted aerosol lithography, multiplex lithography, and creep-assisted sequential imprinting method, etc. Based on these novel multi-scale architecturing technologies, we integrate the nano-, micro- and macro-scale processes to produce super-properties which energy materials or devices can possess. We are trying to achieve clean, high-efficient, and low-cost future energy systems especially for solar and fuel cells. We believe we can open new paradigms and technological breakthroughs in future energy systems.

Clean Energy & Nanoheat Laboratory (CLEAN Lab.) l  Prof. Park, Sangwook  

Thermal-, energy-, and nano-engineering will be employed to tackle energy and environmental challenges. 1) Green hydrogen mass production by water splitting 2) Greenhouse gas reduction & carbon utilization 3) Water & air purification 4) Intelligent future strategies for green hydrogen production will be studied.

Turbulence, Flow Control and CFD / Bio-Mimetic Eng. Lab. l  Prof. Choi, Haecheon 

We are interested in turbulence, flow control, CFD & bio-mimetic engineering. We study turbulence physics using numerical simulations (DNS and LES) and experiment. We also develop new flow control strategies, based on physical observation, mathematical theory and bio-mimetic approach. Development of fast & accurate numerical schemes for turbulent flow prediction is also one of our main subjects.

Renewable Energy Conversion Lab l  Prof. Cha, Suk Won 

Welcome to Renewable Energy Conversion Laboratory(RECL). RECL members carry out research in fuel cell and hybrid vehicle system. We are concentrating on the field of solid oxide fuel cells through the fabrication and performance analysis of thin film cells. We are also conducting research to improve vehicle performance through development of hybrid system control logic and simulation.

Energy & Environmental Flow Laboratory l  Prof. Hwang, Wontae 

We are conducting research on various heat & fluid phenomena related to energy and the environment. A broad range of basic and applied research topics are covered, from fundamental turbulent flows, to gas turbines & jet engines, and atmospheric flows with fine dust. Experimental methods such as optical diagnostics, 3D flow visualization using a medical MRI scanner, and IR thermography are being developed, and along with numerical analysis techniques, are being applied to thermal fluid phenomena.


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