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TieJun (TJ) Zhang

TieJun (TJ) Zhang

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Phone number: +971 2 810 9424

Dr. TieJun (TJ) Zhang has been an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology since 2011. He was also a visiting faculty member at the Device Research Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during 2011-2012.
Prior to joining the Masdar Institute, Dr. Zhang was a postdoctoral research associate at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he served as a principal researcher for the US Office of Naval Research MURI project “System-Level Approach for Multi-Phase Nanotechnology-Enhanced Cooling of High-Power Microelectronic Systems”. He received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering (Systems & Control) from the City University of Hong Kong (2008), and his MSc and BEng degrees in Thermal Energy & Power Engineering from the Southeast University, China (2004 & 2001).
Dr. Zhang has over 60 peer-reviewed publications on multiphase flow and heat transfer, concentrating solar power generation, environmentally-friendly refrigeration cooling, energy process control and optimization. He is a Technical Committee (K-18) Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Division. As an active member of ASME and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, he has organized and chaired many conference sessions. He is an invited reviewer for over 20 international journals.


Courses/teaching interests:

  • MEG507 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MEG611 Multiphase Thermal Fluids in Power and Energy Technologies
  • MEG614 Advanced Process Dynamics and Control


Advisor to current Masdar Institute Students:

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Research interests:

  • Nano and Micro-scale Phase-Change Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow  
  • Concentrating Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic Power Generation
  • Environment-Friendly Refrigeration Cooling and Electronics Cooling
  • Seawater Thermal Desalination and Geothermal Energy Harvesting
  • Advanced Energy System Control, Optimization and Fault Diagnosis

 

Projects

  • High-Performance Compact Solar Thermal Power and Cooling Systems
    Principal Investigator, MI-MIT Flagship Research Project, with Professors Evelyn Wang, Gang Chen, Nicholas Fang at MIT, http://web.mit.edu/mit-mi-cp/research/projects/flagship05.html )
  • High-Concentration Solar Electric / Thermal Cogeneration System: Optimal Design, Transient Analysis, and Prototype Unit Development
    Principal Investigator, MI-MIT Collaborative Research Project, with Professor Evelyn Wang at MIT

Selected Publications

  • Catano, J., Zhang, T.J., Jensen, M.K., et al., “Vapor Compression Refrigeration Cycle for Electronics Cooling–Part I: Dynamic Modeling and Experimental Validation; Part II: Gain-Scheduling Control for Critical Heat Flux Avoidance,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 66, pp. 911-929, November, 2013.
  • Zhang, T.J., Wen, J.T., Julius, A., et al., “Stability Analysis and Maldistribution Control of Two-Phase Flow in Parallel Evaporating Channels,” International Journal of Heat and Mass transfer, vol.54, pp. 5298-5305, December, 2011.
  • Zhang, T.J., Peles, Y., Wen, J.T., et al., “Analysis and Active Control of Pressure-Drop Flow Instabilities in Boiling Microchannel Systems,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol.53, pp.2347-2360, May, 2010.
  • Zhang, T.J., Tong, T., Chang, J.Y., et al., “Ledinegg Instability in Microchannels,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 52, pp. 5661-5674, December, 2009.