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2012 年 06 月 01 日
Seminar - Spectral Properties and Models for Thermal Radiation from High‐Temperature Gases and Plasmas by Prof. Michael F. Modest


01 June 2012 (Friday)


11:00pm – 12:00pm


EF305, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Predicting radiative transfer rates in high‐temperature reacting flows is an extremely difficult task, because the radiative transfer equation (RTE) is a five‐dimensional integro‐differential equation, and is exacerbated by the fact that radiative properties in reacting flows undergo extreme fluctuations across the electromagnetic spectrum. The problem encounters additional levels of difficulty in high‐temperature plasmas, as found in the hypersonic shock layer in front of spacecraft entering an atmosphere, leading to thermochemical nonequilibrium, and in the presence of turbulence, leading to highly‐nonlinear interaction terms. This talk will concentrate on spectral modeling of radiation from combustion gases and plasmas. The nature of radiative properties of high‐temperature gases and plasmas will be reviewed, followed by a discussion of traditional as well as modern spectral methods, with emphasis on recent work carried out by the speaker in the field of combustion and hypersonic plasmas. Finally, some application examples will be presented.

Michael F. Modest is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Merced. He received his Dipl.-Ing. degree from the Technical University of Munich in Germany, and his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, he served as faculty member in San Francisco State University, Rensselear Polytechnic University, University of Southern California and The Pennsylvania State University. He received the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award in 2005 and a Special issue on Radiative Heat Transfer, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer in honor of M. Modest's 65th Birthday. Professor Modest is the author of a graduate textbook, "Radiative Heat Transfer,” (Second Edition, Academic Press, 2003), which is widely used around the world. He is the Associate Technical Editor of Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, member of ASME Heat Transfer Division K6 Committee on Heat Transfer in Energy Systems, associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Thermophysics Committee and member of Laser Institute of America Committee on Materials Processing. His research interests cover Radiative heat transfer, Heat transfer in combustion and Heat transfer in hypersonic plasma.