Thermal Transport Processes
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant amount: Up to US $330,000
Applicant type: Indigenous Group For-Profit Business Government Entity College / University Nonprofit
Funding uses: Research
Location of project: Anywhere in the world
Location of residency: United StatesView website Save Need help writing this grant?
The Thermal Transport Processes program is part of the Transport Phenomena cluster, which includes also
- Combustion and Fire Systems;
- Fluid Dynamics; and
- Particulate and Multiphase Processes.
The Thermal Transport Processes (TTP) program supports engineering research projects that lay the foundation for new discoveries in thermal transport phenomena. These projects should either develop new fundamental knowledge or combine existing knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer to probe new areas of innovation. The program seeks transformative projects with the potential for improving our basic understanding, predictability and application of thermal transport processes. Projects should articulate the contribution(s) to the fundamental knowledge supporting thermal transport processes and state clearly the potential application(s) impact when appropriate. Projects that combine analytical, experimental and numerical efforts, geared toward understanding, modeling and predicting thermal phenomena, are of great interest. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals for which the main contribution is in thermal transport processes fundamentals are also encouraged.
Emphasis is placed on research that demonstrates how thermal transport phenomena affect the existence, behavior and dynamics of components and systems.
Some specific areas of interest include:
- Convection/Diffusion/Radiation: heat and mass transport in geometrically complex surfaces and structures; development of form-function relationships in thermal processes; constructal thermal design; radiation amplification, controlling, and extinction; interfacial gas-solid and liquid-solid thermal and species driven phenomena.Thermodynamics: thermal-electric energy conversion; battery related thermal issues; power generation and propulsion (proposals including chemical kinetics should be submitted to the Combustion and Fire Systems program, CBET 1407); phase-change and supercritical energy cycles; non-equilibrium thermal processes.
- Bio- Heat and Mass Transport: biomimicry; intra- and extra-cellular thermal transport; freeze resistance mechanisms; thermotherapy and thermoregulation; organ conservation (freezing and thawing).
- Nano-, Micro- and Meso-thermics: scaling up nano heat or coupled nano heat-mass transport processes; utilization of new multi-functional, meta- and graded-materials in thermal transport; nano-texturing and phase-change; multi-scale thermal transport in a process.
- Priority is given to insightful investigations of fundamental problems with clearly defined economic, environmental and societal impacts.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
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