Laboratory of Applied
Research at the LAMTE
The Laboratory of Applied Multiphase Thermal Engineering (LAMTE) was founded in 2007
by Dr. Dominic Groulx soon after his appointment in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering at Dalhousie University. The LAMTE greatly expending in 2010 after Dr. Groulx
was awarded a Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) - Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF)
Award, with additional support from the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust
(NSRIT) and the Faculty of Engineering at Dalhousie University.
The LAMTE team conducts research on fundamental and applied heat transfer, often with a
focus on multiphase processes, notably solid-liquid phase change. This research work
focuses on studying the phase change heat transfer behaviour of phase change materials
(PCMs) and the usage of those materials in thermal storage applications and thermal
managements, leading to design and development of storage systems for solar thermal
applications or office building temperature control, and management of electronics
temperature for example. Applied research on more traditional heat transfer and thermal
energy problems is also conducted such as the study of thermal interface materials, thermal
energy flow modeling of industrial plants, thermoelectric systems and advanced electronics
cooling. Research related to the overall thermal behaviour of batteries is also conducted in
collaboration with colleagues from the Renewable Energy Storage Lab (RESL).
Dr. Groulx and the LAMTE are also part of the DREAMS - Dalhousie Research in
Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability - program; a $1.65 million NSERC
Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program, aimed primarily at
supporting a cohort of research trainees who will address important aspects of energy
production/storage and sustainability. Those researchers will play a pivotal role in the
future of renewable energy production and storage as well as the sustainable production of
environmentally acceptable or reusable materials. More details about DREAMS can be
found at dreams.irm.dal.ca.
The principal objective of the reserach team is the development of knowledge, practices,
methodologies and solutions (designs, sytems, models) to thermal engineering problems.
The LAMTE team is composed of undergraduate and post-graduate students with varied
backgrounds: mechanical, chemical, nuclear engineering as well as physics and chemistry.
Each team member has independent projects and is providing unique perspectives and
results. In addition, a number of research assistants, visitors, and associates are often
involved in projects. The LAMTE is managed by Dr. Dominic Groulx, PEng, ing., a
thermal/fluid/energy engineer, with a background in physics and mechanical engineering,
with 15 years experience.
Our research presents a good mix of fundamental study and applied engineering which is
greatly driven by industry concerns and requirements. We collaborate with numerous
industrial partners, both locally in Nova Scotia and at the national/international level.
These professional relationships are greatly enjoyed and we look forward to making new
ones and collaborate on interesting and challenging projects.
If you have an interest in thermal energy/storage and applied heat transfer, then the LAMTE
might be the place for you. Currently there are openings in the laboratory with interesting
projects and experimental/numerical equipment.
We invite you to explore the LAMTE website using the navigation sub-header on top. It
gives details of our research, people, facilities, publications, partners and opportunities.
Dominic presented two papers at the 4th
International Forum on Heat Transfer in
November 1-4, 2016
The papers presented were: "Melting of Phase
Change Materials in a Cylindrical Enclosure:
Parameters Influencing Natural Convection
Onset" and "Numerical Study of Temperature
Control in Tablet Computers using Phase
Tousif successfully defended his MASc
August 16, 2016
Tousif's thesis is titled "Development of a
Novel Thermal Management Technology of
Tablet Computers using Phase Change
Materials" and was defended with success.
Tousif is now off to do his PhD at the
University of Delaware!
Ali's excellent review on server cooling
technolofy is now published
July 25, 2016
The paper is published in Applied Thermal
Engineering and is titled "Cooling of Server
Electronics: A Design Review of Existing
Louis defended his PhD work with
July 18, 2016
Now Dr. Desgrosseilliers defended his thesis
titled "Design and Evaluation of a Modular,
Supercooling Phase Change Heat Storage
Device for Indoor Heating" to his examination
committee, including Dr. Ziskind who came all
the way from Israel for the occasion.
Tousif, Ali and Dominic participated in
the ASME Summer Heat Transfer
Conference held in DC
July 10-13, 2016
Tousif presented his work titled: "Experimental
Investigation of Thermal Management of
Tablet Computers using Phase Change
Materials (PCMs)"; Ali "A Comparison of
Numerical Strategies for Optimal Liquid Cooled
Heat Sink Design" and Dominic "Numerical
Modelling of Natural Convection Driven
Melting for an Inclined/Finned Rectangular