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Research

Yanyao Jiang

Overview

Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno is organized into three interest groups according to research specialty:

Solid Mechanics and Materials

  • Dr. Emil Geiger
  • Dr. Faramarz Gordaninejad
  • Dr. Yanyao Jiang
  • Dr. Yiliang Liao
  • Dr. Shen-Yi Luo
  • Dr. Wanliang Shan

Thermal, Fluids, and Renewable Energy

  • Dr. Cahit A. Evrensel
  • Dr. Henry Fu
  • Dr. Emil Geiger
  • Dr. Miles Greiner
  • Dr. Chanwoo Park
  • Dr. Richard Wirtz

Systems and Dynamics

  • Dr. Matteo Aureli
  • Dr. Cahit A. Evrensel
  • Dr. Faramarz Gordaninejad
  • Dr. Kam K. Leang
  • Dr. Eric Wang

Our faculty members conduct research with graduate students and in collaboration with other faculty members in the Mechanical Engineering Department and other faculty members in the College of Engineering. Research funding is provided by a wide range of government and industry sources.

Graduate students are exposed to modern mechanical engineering research subjects including solid mechanics, engineering design, smart materials, heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, renewable energy, biomedical engineering, and dynamics and controls.

Research Labs

Biomechanics Lab

Primary Contact: Eric Wang
Major Focus: Emphasizes biomechanics, design of sports equipment and vehicle dynamics.

BioMedical Lab

Primary Contact: Cahit Evrensel
Major Focus: Emphasizes solid/liquid and solid/vapor interactions in bio-systems such as fluid mechanics issues in pulmonary airways.

Composite and Intelligent Materials Lab (CIML)

Primary Contact: Faramarz Gordaninejad
Major Focus: Basic and applied research in the areas of advanced materials, structures and systems.

Heat Transfer and Materials Lab

Primary Contact: Richard Wirtz
Major Focus: Research on novel heat transfer materials, equipment and thermal processes.

Mechanical Behavior Lab

Primary Contact: Yanyao Jiang
Major Focus: Dedicated to the experimental investigation of mechanical behavior of materials. Equipped with state-of-the-art servohydraulic material testing systems with computer controls and data acquisition, extensometry, metallurgical optical microscope and more.

Nuclear Materials Operational Safety Lab

Primary Contact: Miles Greiner
Major Focus: Development and experimental benchmark of computational tools to predict the thermal response of spent nuclear fuel transport and storage casks during normal and fire accident conditions.

Polymer MicroSystems Laboratory (Plµs)

Primary Contact: Emil Geiger
Major Focus: Polymer microsystems, microfluids, soft MEMS.

Re-formable Tooling System Lab(RTS)

Primary Contact: Shen-Yi Luo
Major Focus: Dedicated to developing and evaluating novel tooling systems for quick composite fabrication.

Sustainable Energy Laboratory (SEL)

Primary Contact: Chanwoo Park
Major Focus: Research on two-phase heat transfer (capillary-driven boiling and condensation), thermal processes and renewable energy systems.

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