University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Kambiz Vafai

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Kambiz Vafai

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Kambiz Vafai

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, 1980

Bourns Hall A363
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2135
Facsimile: 951-827-2899
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Professor Kambiz Vafai received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1975. He received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977 and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering also from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. He comes to the University of California, Riverside from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Research Topics

Current research interests include transport through porous media, multiphase transport, natural convection in complex configurations, analysis of porous insulations, heat flux applications, free surface flows, unconventional heat pipes, and power electronics. Basic and applied research is conducted in several areas related to heat and mass transfer, such as Fundamental Aspects of Transport through Porous Media, Natural Convection in Open-Ended Configurations, Condensation and Phase Change, Multiphase Transport through Porous Media, Heat Pipe Analysis as Applied to Flat Shaped Heat Pipes, Flow and Heat Transfer in the Brake Housing of an Aircraft, Heat Transfer and Phase Change Effects on Insulation and in Partial Insulations, and Free Surface Analysis in regular and porous media.

Selected Publications

  • Vafai, K. and Dyko, M., 1998: Fundamental Issues and Recent Advancements in Analysis of Aircraft Brake Natural Convective Cooling. ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, 120, pp. 840-857.
  • Vafai, K. and Lee, D.Y., 1999: Comparative Analysis of Jet Impingement and Microchannel Cooling for High Heat Flux Applications. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 42, pp. 1555-1568.
  • Vafai, K. and Young, T., 1999: An Experimental Investigation of Forced Convective Characteristics of Arrays of Channel Mounted Obstacles. ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, 121, pp. 34-42.
  • Vafai, K., Dyko, M.P., and Mojtabi, A.K., 1999: Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Stability of Natural Convective Flows Within a Horizontal Annulus. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 381, pp. 27-61.
  • Vafai, K., Zhu, L., and Xu, L., 1999: Device Temperature and Heat Generation in Power Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors. AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, 13, pp. 185-194.
  • Vafai, K., and Giuliani, J., 1999: Particle Arrestance Modeling Within Fibrous Porous Media. ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, 121, pp. 155-162.
  • Vafai, K., and Zhu, L., 1999: Analysis of a Two-Layered Micro Channel Heat Sink Concept in Electronic Cooling. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 42, pp. 2287-2297.

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