Amir Ali

Contact


505 277-2209
Fax: 505 277-5433

Physical Address

Room 408
Mechanical Engineering

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Research Assistant Professor

Personal Website

Education

Ph.D. Mechanical Eng., University of New Mexico, USA, 201

M.S. Mechanical Eng., Benha University, Egypt, 2005

B.S. Mechanical Eng., Benha University, Egypt, 1996

Biography

Dr. Ali joined the University of New Mexico as a postdoctoral fellow after his graduation in November 2013 and was promoted to a research assistant professor in February 2015. He is a team member of the thermal hydraulic and reactor safety lab.  Dr. Ali currently supervise and support the activities on multiple projects including generic safety issue (GSI-191) for multiple  nuclear power plants, and collaborative work with Idaho National Lab for the ongoing efforts to re-initiate the Transient Reactor Testing Facility (TREAT). Activities are going to support the Accident Tolerance Fuel (ATF) Campaign in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). Most recent, he is working with a large team of different universities and Sandia National Lab (SNL) on the Fluoride Salt Cooled High Temperature Reactors (FHR).

Dr. Ali also has extensive experience in boiling heat transfer on microstructured surfaces using highly wetting liquids for different applications including immersion cooling of high power electronics. He also has hands-on experience as a Mechanical consultant for building systems such as fire protection, HVAC, and plumbing system including system design, installation and testing. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), and American Nuclear Society (ANS) and reviewer for a several mechanical and nuclear engineering journals.

Research Interests

Boiling heat transfer and two-phase flow
Nano-materials fabrication for energy applications
Advanced cooling of electronics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Thermal-Hydraulics in support of the Nuclear Reactor Safety (including GSI-191)
Fluoride salt-cooled High-temperature Reactors (FHRs)

Professional Experience

2015 – Current         Research Assistant Professor, NE, University of New Mexico
2014 – 2015             Postdoctoral Fellow, NE, University of New Mexico

Teaching Interests

Thermodynamics I,II, Fluid Mechanics
Introduction to heat and mass transfer
Thermal and Fluid Machines and turbomachinery
System Energy Components
Introduction to HVAC Processes
Thermal management of high power electronics

Current Funding Awards

The thermal hydraulic lab through collaboration with other universities and national research labs has received a series of awards for the last two years. The following list summarize these awards that Dr. Ali is listed as Co-investigator.

  • DOE-NEUP-IRP (2016-2020 , $ 0.4 M for 4 years, Collaborator under USU, CO-PI) “Transient Reactor (TREAT) Experiments to Validate MBM Fuel Performance Simulations”
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2016 , $67 K for 6 months, Co-PI) “Experimental Study of Critical Heat Flux in ORNL Thermosyphon Test Loop to Support RELAP-7 Modeling and Simulation”
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2015 , $30 K for 3 months, Co-PI) “Survey of Thermal-Fluids Evaluation and Confirmatory Experimental Validation Requirements of Accident Tolerant Cladding (ATF) Concepts”
  • DOE-NEUP (2015-2018, $ 0.64 M for 3 years, Co-PI) “Experimental Validation of a Compact Double-walled Twisted-Tube Heat   Exchanger Concept”

Selected Publications

  • To view a complete list of Professor Ali's publications • https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=HSpjyqsAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra
  • Sterling Olson, Amir Ali, Daniel LaBrier, Edward D Blandford, Kerry Howe, 2015, “CORROSION AND SOLUBILITY IN A TSP-BUFFERED CHEMICAL ENVIRONMENT FOLLOWING A LOSS OF COOLANT ACCIDENT: PART 3 – Calcium” submitted to the Nuclear Engineering and design Journal
  • Amir Ali, and Edward Blandford, 2015, “An Experimental Study on Head Loss of Prototypical Fibrous Debris Beds During Loss of Coolant Accident Conditions” ASME Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science (Paper accepted).
  • Amir Ali, and Edward Blandford, 2015, “Conventional and Chemical Head Loss Modeling of Multi-Constituent Debris Beds in Resolution of GSI-191” The 16th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-16), Chicago, IL.
  • MS El-Genk, AF Ali, 2015, ”Saturation Boiling Critical Heat Flux of PF-5060 Dielectric Liquid on Microporous Copper Surfaces,” Journal of Heat Transfer 137 (4), 041501.
  • Sterling Olson, Amir Ali, Daniel LaBrier, Edward D Blandford, Kerry Howe, 2015, “CORROSION AND SOLUBILITY IN A TSP-BUFFERED CHEMICAL ENVIRONMENT FOLLOWING A LOSS OF COOLANT ACCIDENT: PART 3 – Calcium” submitted to the Nuclear Engineering and design Journal
  • Ali, A. F., 2014, “Enhancement of Saturation Boiling of PF-5060 Dielectric Liquid on Microporous Surfaces,” Ph.D. dissertation, Mechanical Engineering Dept., University of New Mexico, NM, USA.
  • Ali, A. F., and El-Genk, M. S., 2013, “An Investigation of the Effect of Inclination on Critical Heat Flux of PF-5060 Dielectric Liquid on Microporous Copper Surfaces,” ASME IMECE2013, San Diego, California, paper#IMECE2013-65503
  • Ali, A. F., and El-Genk, M. S., 2012a, “Effect of inclination on saturation boiling of PF-5060 dielectric liquid on 80 and 137 μm thick copper micro-porous surfaces,” International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 53, 42-48.
  • Ali, A. F., and El-Genk, M. S., 2012b, “Spreaders for immersion nucleate boiling of a computer chip with a central hot spot,” Journal of Energy Conversion and Management, 53(1), 259- 267.
  • Ali, A. F., and El-Genk, M. S., 2012c, “Numerical Analysis of Spreaders with an Enhancing Nucleate Boiling Surface for Immersion Cooling of Chips with Central Hot Spots,” Proceedings 13th Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermo-mechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems (ITherm 2012), California, USA, 1106-1113.
  • El-Genk, M. S., and Ali, A. F., 2010a, “Enhanced nucleate boiling on copper micro-porous surfaces,” International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Vol. 36, Issue 10, 780-792.
  • El-Genk, M. S., and Ali, A. F., 2010b, “Saturation and subcooled boiling on copper Nano-Dendrites surfaces,” 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, Washington DC, USA, IHTC14-22108.