ORD’s Thermal Sciences competency provides the scientific, engineering, and technology development community with innovative and efficient approaches to measure, harness, and convert thermal energy. Research includes sensors, advanced energy concepts, and thermodynamic optimization, specifically:
Sensors and Diagnostics
- Advanced sensor and diagnostic technology to develop and evaluate advanced methods for non-intrusive measurement and measurement in extreme environments.
Innovative Energy Concepts
- Advanced power generation and energy conversion technologies to develop and evaluate advanced concepts and control strategies for combustion-based and non-combustion energy conversion systems.
- Single-source and hybrid power systems employing fossil and non-fossil energy sources.
Aerothermo-Dynamics and Heat Transfer
- Aerothermodynamics and heat transfer principles to develop and evaluate advanced methods to minimize kinetic fluid losses and maximize thermal management performance and energy extraction capabilities.