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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Multiphase Microfluidics Laboratory

The Multiphase Microfluidics Laboratory group investigates multiphase heat and mass transport processes at the microscale. Water and energy are limited and interconnected resources. By enhancing and controlling multiphase processes such as boiling, condensation, and frost formation we can increase energy efficiency and lower water consumption in many processes. The ongoing research may significantly impact the efficiency of power plants and HVAC systems, improve water collection and purification, and prevent frost in freezers and on windows.

Areas of Research

Mitigation and control of frost formation
Microchannel heat sinks
Fouling
Enhanced boiling heat transfer

Industrial Applications

Food, Energy, Water
Increasing efficiency of power and refrigeration systems to reduce capital cost, condenser and boiler size, water usage and global warming potential.

Electronics Cooling
Increasing power density and overall system efficiency to reduce energy consumption.

Aircraft Safety and Reliability
Airports in the US spend over $500 million per year on de-icing.

Refrigeration and Heat Pumps
Preventing freezing significantly increases the efficiency and operation of heat pumps.

Contact Information

Amy Betz
Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator
785-532-2647
arbetz@k-state.edu