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Capillary Pumped Heat Transfer Devices

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Thursday, April 13, 2017, 4 pm

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

proudly presents:

Dr. David Pratt
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Abstract: Devices capable of dissipating high intensity heat energy which can meet vehicle requirements are required for numerous terrestrial and space applications. Of the heat transport devices under consideration in the regime of interest, most utilize the latent heat of vaporization via liquid-vapor phase change. Relevant to the research presented are passive capillary driven phase change devices or capillary driven heat transport devices (CPHTD). CPHTD is a family of device to include heat pipes, thermosyphons, capillary pumped loops and looped heat pipes. The presentation will focus on the history of their discovery and then primarily on the work performed within the Aerospace Vehicles Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Bio: Dr David M Pratt has spent the last five years as a Principle Aerospace Engineer in the Air Force Research Labor. For thirteen year prior, he was the Senior Technical Advisor for the Structures Division of the Air Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory. He was primary responsibility and technical authority for all research and development efforts in structures, system-level thermal management, and multidisciplinary design methods for the Air Force Research Laboratory. In addition, David has made substantial contributions in the area of energy and mass transport, integrated vehicle health management, energy based design, among numerous other areas. Dr Pratt is a Fellow of both American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautics Society. He is the recipient of t General Benjamin Foulois Award for Excellence in Research, the highest award presented by United States Air Force, Air Vehicles Directorate. Dr Pratt has publish over 100 publications in total with 2 handbook chapters, 28 refereed journal articles, 37 refereed conference papers, 21 invited papers or presentations, 4 invited lectures and numerous other presentations.

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