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Darren Crowdy

Professor Darren Crowdy

Research Fellow


Imperial College London

Research summary

Heat transfer limitations are key roadblocks to Google, Amazon and other tech leaders using huge databanks. Increasing miniaturization of microcircuitry implies increasing heat generation in smaller spaces pushing to its limits our current knowledge of effective cooling strategies. The technology sector is in urgent need of an injection of new ideas. One strategy enhances cooling by passing fluids over the circuitry to remove heat. Superhydrophobic surfaces are crucial for this process in reducing otherwise prohibitive friction factors. Optimizing surface design so friction is maximally reduced while heat transfer maximally enhanced is a scientific challenge that can be tackled using novel mathematics based in the use of applied and computational complex analysis. The coupling between the fluid mechanics and heat transfer in complicated geometrical settings makes the problems very challenging.

Grants awarded

Multiply connected conformal geometry in MOF fabrication

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Jan 2013 - Dec 2017

Value: £75,000

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