Research in ERI includes data driven approaches to fault prognosis and interfacing these approaches with physics-based models relevant to energy systems and smart grid, use of high fidelity computational fluid dynamics to understand how the difference in fuel properties affects the fuel atomization process and modeling of heat transfer and fluid flow in energy systems.
Dr. Ryan Anderson is an assistant professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department and manages a low temperature PEM fuel cell lab. The focus is on the transport phenomena occurring within the cell, and how that relates to overall performance. Dr. Anderson can be reached at 406-994-5701 or email@example.com. Website: http://www.chbe.montana.edu/staff/anderson.html
Dr. Mark Owkes, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, develops computational fluid dynamic (CFD) methods and applies to many gas-liquid multiphase flows including PEM fuel cells and the atomization of bio-fuels. The high fidelity CFD simulations are run on thousands of compute cores and provide a large amount of data. This data can provide insight into the phenomenological processes of the flow and lead to discoveries that improve the efficiency of engineering devices. Dr. Owkes can be reached at 406-994-6300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.montana.edu/mowkes/