Our approach at the TEST Lab is to address the interdisciplinary challenges of providing clean energy and water via a multiscale approach. Our research spans from improving our understanding of basic transport phenomena, developing novel heat and mass transfer components, all the way to analyzing full thermal system integration and operation. Specific examples include characterization of coupled heat and mass transfer in microscale multiphase systems, development of compact heat transfer equipment, improving utilization of environmentally friendly working fluids, and the design and analysis of novel systems for harvesting thermal energy from renewable and waste heat streams. The TEST Laboratory is equipped for conducting coupled analytical and experimental investigations, with an end goal of the development of high impact, economically feasible, energy systems.
Research at the TEST Lab has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, USAID, ASHRAE, NW Natural, and ONAMI.