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Energies Webinar | Advanced Research in Two-Phase Heat Transfer

16 Sep 2021, 14:00 (CEST)

Heat Transfer, Thermal Management, Energy Systems, Heating and Cooling, Numerical Simulations, Multiphase Flows
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4th Energies Webinar

Advanced Research in Two-Phase Heat Transfer

The cooling of electronic components is of upmost importance for the thermal management of data centres, fuel cells, insulated-gate bipolar transistors and lithium-ion batteries, as well as a variety of other technological applications. Two-phase heat transfer is a great solution for most cases, due to the ability to cope with high heat fluxes and decrease the size of the systems. However, there is still a lack of deep understanding of the complex flow and transport processes, and a corresponding lack of reliable and easy-to-use thermal design tools for small-scale components. This webinar intends to show some of the advancement in flow boiling, pool boiling and the recent results for both experimental and numerical research.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Marco Marengo

Date: 16 September 2021

Time: 2:00 pm CEST | 8:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 884 9116 7075

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School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Brighton, UK

Prof. Marco Marengo is Director of the Advanced Engineering Centre, Professor of Thermal Engineering, and Chair of the Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at the University of Brighton, UK. In 1991, Prof. Marengo completed his master’s degree in Physics cum laude at the University of Turin on Dynamical Systems, and in 1996, he received a PhD in Energetics from the Polytechnic of Milan. From 1998 to 2002, he was an Assistant Professor of Thermal Physics and then, until 2016, an Associate Professor of Thermal Physics at the University of Bergamo, Italy. In 2014, he was appointed as Full Professor of Thermal Engineering at the University of Brighton. Since 2019, he has been an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Multiphase Flows, and since 2018, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Section ‘Thermal Management” of the MDPI journal Energies. Since 2021, he has been the Associate Editor of MDPI Energies. From 2009 to 2018, he was European Editor of the International Journal "Atomization & Sprays", Begell House. He is the UK representative on the board of the International Heat Pipe Conference. Prof. Marengo is Adjunct Professor at York University, Toronto, Canada and Senior Research Fellow‬at the National Science Foundation of Portugal, Centre for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research - IN+, Lisbon, Portugal. From 2005 to 2018, Marengo was a Visiting Professor at the University of Mons-Hainaut. He has founded three spin-off companies. He is a member of the scientific committees of various international conferences and the editorial board member of various scientific journals. Since 2015, he has been the co-director of the successful course series LIDESP on “Advanced Course in Liquid Interfaces, Drops and Sprays”, and since 2018, he has been the chair of the International Workshop SWEP on “Surface Wettability Effect on Phase Change Phenomena”. He is leading the ESA Pulsating Heat Pipe scientific team and is active in many ESA parabolic campaigns. He has published more than 340 scientific papers, among which more than 80 are in peer-reviewed inte

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Sandip Dutta

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, USA

Dr. Dutta obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and is an ASME Fellow. He worked at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and then switched his career to industry from academia. Lately, he has re-entered academia, and is currently working as a lecturer at Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. Dr. Dutta has contributed to many different topics, mainly related to Computational Sciences, Thermal Sciences and Fluid Mechanics, Software and Hardware Release Management, and Machine Vision.

Dr. Ana Sofia Moita

CINAMIL – Portuguese Military Academy, Portugal; IN+Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Ana Moita is currently a post-doc researcher at IN+/IST and an Assistant Professor at the Military Academy. She completed her Engineering Diploma in 2001, her MSc in 2004 and her PhD in 2009, all in Mechanical Engineering from IST. During the last decade, she has developed her background in interfacial transport phenomena, both at the macro and microscale, with applications to cooling systems, and more recently, to lab-on-chips. She has participated in 12 national and international projects (half of them as a PI-coPI), co-authored 47 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 7 book chapters and 90 papers in international conferences (H=14, with aprox. 841 citations in ISI, H=17, with 1311 citations in Google Academic).

Dr. Mirco Magnini

Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK

Dr Magnini is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham, UK, Subject Editor for Elsevier’s Chemical Engineering Research and Design, and invited member of European Space Agency’s Physical Sciences Working Group. He received a PhD in Energy Engineering at the University of Bologna in 2012, where he worked on numerical methods tailored to the simulation of boiling flows in confined geometries; he was a post-doc researcher at EPFL, Switzerland, from 2013 to 2017, working on simulations and experiments of flow boiling in multi-microchannels and micro-pin fins evaporators, and research associate at Imperial College London in 2018–2019, where he worked on the modelling of wax deposition in crude oil transportation pipelines. At Nottingham, his research lines include analyses of the fundamentals of boiling applied to thermal management in a collaborative project with Brunel University and Imperial College, evaporative cooling of fuel cells in collaboration with EPFL, and thin film and bubbly flows in confined channels in different collaborations with Princeton University and Tel Aviv University.


The webinar will start at 2:00 pm (CEST) 16 September 2021 and will last maximum 2 hours and a half.



Prof. Dr. Marco Marengo


8:00 pm (CST Asia) | 2:00 pm (CEST)

Prof. Dr. Sandip Dutta

"Machine Learning in Two-Phase Heat Transfer"

8:05 pm (CST Asia) | 2:05 pm (CEST)

Dr. Ana Sofia Moita

"Energy Conversion Cooling/Heating (Micro)Systems for Civil and Military Applications"

8:35 pm (CST Asia) | 2:35 pm (CEST)

Dr. Mirco Magnini

"Direct Numerical Simulations of Flow Boiling in Microchannels"

9:05 pm (CST Asia) | 3:05 pm (CEST)


9:35 pm (CST Asia) | 3:35 pm (CEST)

Webinar Content

On Thursday, 16 September 2021, MDPI and the Journal Energies organized the 4th webinar on Energies, entitled " Advanced Research in Two-Phase Heat Transfer". Chaired by Prof. Dr. Marco Marengo from the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics of the University of Brighton, the webinar discussed some of the current challenges in the cooling of electronic components by two-phase heat transfer.

Cooling of electronic components is of upmost importance for the Thermal Management of Data Centres (DCs), Fuel Cells (FCs), Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs), Lithium-Ion Batteries (LIBs) as well as a variety of other technological applications. Two-phase Heat Transfer has been proven as one of the most efficient cooling strategies for such High-Power Density conditions. However, such two-phase solutions rely on the phase-change of a working fluid that is pumped through single or multiple parallel mini-channels, and after 40 years, there is still a lack of deep understanding of the complex flow and transport processes. The webinar treated the most relevant issues from three points of view: Prof. Dr. Sandip Dutta showed the data analysis through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Dr. Ana Sofia Moita treated the experimental analysis and, finally, Dr. Mirco Magnini presented a robust numerical approach, able to approach in a robust way the design of the new thermal solutions in phase change conditions. Q&A sessions were conducted after each speaker to answer any questions submitted by live online audience.

The webinar was offered via Zoom, and registration was required for attendance. The full recording can be found below. To stay updated on upcoming Energies webinars organized by MDPI, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.

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