Investigating the thermodynamic cycle and efficiency of thermal hydraulic engines will provide a more reliable and efficient use of waste heat.
Patrick “Pat” Phelan is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and assistant dean of graduate programs at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He researches and teaches in the area of sustainable energy, thermal transport, and energy policy.
Total projects: 9
Using the temperature gradient across a building to generate electricity through a Seebeck effect will decrease waste heat.
Using 3D printing to manufacture sorbents for direct air capture of CO2 will help achieve negative carbon emissions.
Exploring biomass pellets as an alternative to fossil fuel could lead to a higher density, sustainable fuel source.
Thermogalvanic bricks have high potential to cheaply reduce energy and carbon demands in buildings through passive waste heat harvesting.