Department of Mechanical Engineering

Center for Energy Research

 

 


Jianhu Nie
Research Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 454027
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4027


jianhu@nscee.edu

(702) 895-0423 Office
(702) 895-4922 Fax

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Research Interests:
- Hydrogen production using bipolar plate proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis cell

- Development of object-oriented multi-physics package with adaptive mesh refinement (AMR)

- Shock wave dynamics and high speed material impact using a two-stage light gas gun

- Aerodynamic models for flapping wing micro air vehicle (FWMAV)
- Heat transfer enhancement

 

 


Seminar(s):

1.      “Development of advanced proton exchange electrolysis cell and optimized bipolar plates for hydrogen production,” University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, October 29, 2007.

2.      Introduction to Numerical Turbulent Flow and Heat Transfer,” University of Nevada, Las Vegas, February 22, 2007.

 

 


 

 

 

Teaching:

MEG795-001: Numerical Turbulent Flow and Heat Transfer

 

 


 

 

 

Conferences:

Symposium on Transport Phenomena in Energy Conversion from Clean and Sustainable Resources, ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference, August 10-14, 2008, Jacksonville, FL. USA. (Call-for-papers, PDF file)

 

 


 

 

 

Selected Publications:

 

Journals (recent three years):

1.      J. H. Nie, Y. T. Chen, R. F. Boehm and S. P. Katukota, "A photo-electrochemical model of proton exchange water electrolysis for hydrogen production," ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, 2007 (in press)  (PDF file)

2.      Y. T. Chen, J. H. Nie, B. F. Armaly, H. T. Hsieh and R. F. Boehm, "Developing turbulent forced convection in two-dimensional duct," ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 129, No. 9, pp. 1295-1299, 2007. (PDF file)

3.      Y. T. Chen, J. H. Nie, H. T. Hsieh and L. J. Sun, "Three-dimensional convection flow adjacent to inclined backward-facing step," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 49, No. 25-26, pp. 4795-4803, 2006. (PDF file)

4.      Y. T. Chen, J. H. Nie, B. F. Armaly and H. T. Hsieh, "Turbulent separated convection flow adjacent to backward-facing step - effects of step height," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 49, No. 19-20, pp. 3670-3680, 2006. (PDF file)

5.      M. Thiruvengadam, J. H. Nie and B. F. Armaly, "Bifurcated three-dimensional forced convection in plane symmetric sudden expansion," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 48, No. 15, pp. 3128-3139, 2005. (PDF file)

6.      J. H. Nie and B. F. Armaly, "Reverse flow regions in three-dimensional backward-facing step flow," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 47, No. 22, pp. 4713-4720, 2004. (PDF file)

7.      J. H. Nie and B. F. Armaly, "Three-dimensional forced convection in plane symmetric sudden expansion," ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 126, No. 5, pp. 836-839, 2004. (PDF file)

8.      J. H. Nie, B. F. Armaly, W. Q. Tao and Q. W. Wang, "Measurements of three-dimensional turbulent air flow in the exit head section of a heat exchanger," ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 126, No. 1, pp. 72-80, 2004. (PDF file)

 

Referred Presentations and Proceedings (recent two years):

1.      J. H. Nie, Y. T. Chen, S. Cohen, B. Carter, and R. F. Boehm, “Velocity and temperature distributions in bipolar plate of PEM electrolysis cell,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2007), IMECE2007-42622, Seattle, WA, November 13, 2007.

2.      J. F. Wu, J. H. Nie and Y. T. Chen, “Three-dimensional fluid flow and coupled heat transfer in simplified bipolar plates,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2007), IMECE2007-42360, Seattle, WA, November 14, 2007.

3.      J. F. Wu, J. H. Nie and Y. T. Chen, “3D fluid flow and coupled heat transfer in PEM bipolar plate electrolyzer cell”, 2007 Inaugural Energy Symposium, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV, August 15-16, 2007.

4.      J. H. Nie, Y. T. Chen, S. Cohen, B. Carter, and R. F. Boehm, “Three-dimensional CFD modeling of bipolar plate PEM electrolysis cell for hydrogen production,” Fifth International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering & Technology Conference, FuelCell2007-25308, New York, NY, June 18-20, 2007.

5.      J. H. Nie, D. A. Hopkins, Y. T. Chen and H. T. Hsieh, “Development of an object-oriented program with adaptive mesh refinement for heat transfer simulations,” ASME-JSME Thermal Engineering Conference and Summer Heat Transfer Conference, HT2007-32897, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 8-12, 2007.

6.      J. H. Nie, Y. T. Chen, S. Cohen, B. Carter, and R. F. Boehm, “Non-uniform velocity distributions in bipolar plate PEM electrolysis cell,” 5th Joint ASME/JSME Fluids Engineering Conference, FEDSM2007-37299, San Diego, CA, July 30-August 2, 2007.

7.      J. H. Nie, Y. T. Chen and H. T. Hsieh, “Parametric study of turbulent separated convection flow over a backward-facing step,” 3rd Symposium on the Measurement and Modeling of Large-Scale Turbulent Structures, 5th Joint ASME/JSME Fluids Engineering Conference, FEDSM2007-37315, San Diego, CA, July 30-August 2, 2007.

8.      J. F. Wu, J. H. Nie and Y. T. Chen, “Numerical simulations of three-dimensional fluid flow and coupled heat transfer in bipolar plates,” 5th Joint ASME/JSME Fluids Engineering Conference, FEDSM2007-37712, San Diego, CA, July 30-August 2, 2007.

9.      S. P. Katukota, J. H. Nie, Y. T. Chen, R. F. Boehm and H. T. Hsieh, “Numerical modeling of electrochemical process for hydrogen production from PEM electrolyzer cell,” Energy Sustainability 2007, ES2007-36108, Long Beach, CA, June 27-30, 2007.

10.  J. H. Nie, S. P. Katukota, Y. T. Chen, R. F. Boehm and H. T. Hsieh, “A photo-electrochemical model of solid polymer water electrolysis for hydrogen production from sunlight,” 1st Energy Nanotechnology International Conference, ENIC2006-19039, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, June 26-28, 2006.

11.  S. P. Katukota, J. H. Nie, Y. T. Chen and R. F. Boehm, “Numerical investigation for hydrogen production using proton exchange water electrolysis cell,” COMSOL Multiphysics Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 26-27, 2006.

12.  J. H. Nie, Y. T. Chen, D. A. Hopkins, L. J. Sun and H. T. Hsieh, “Convergence acceleration for heat transfer and structural simulations using adaptive mesh refinement,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2006), IMECE2006-15132, Chicago, IL, November 5-10, 2006.

13.  J. H. Nie, Y. T. Chen, L. J. Sun and H. T. Hsieh, “Heat transfer enhancement of separated convection flow adjacent to backward-facing step with baffle,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2006), IMECE2006-15112, Chicago, IL, November 5-10, 2006.

14.  J. H. Nie, H. T. Hsieh, Y. T. Chen, L. J. Sun, D. A. Hopkins and R. Clarksean, “Object-oriented finite element programming using F2003,” 21st  International Conference on Computers and Their Applications, Seattle, WA, March 23-25, 2006.

15.  Y. T. Chen, J. H. Nie, H. T. Hsieh, B. F. Armaly and L. J. Sun, “Turbulent separated convection flow over a backward-facing step,” Whither Turbulence Prediction and Control (WTPC), Seoul, Korea, March 26-29, 2006.

 

 

 

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