Milad Shakeri a PhD student at the Mechanical Engineering Department or York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering, completed a sophisticated experiment on the topic of drop-wise condensation onboard the European Space Agency’s special Airbus. An aircraft that is designed to create temporary weightlessness for the training and scientific experimentation.
The experiments were done in collaborations with researchers from Belgium (ULB) and China (CAS and Jiangsu Univ. of Technology) and took place late in 2020. During the height of the pandemic. The experiments were conducted over Germany with the approval of the ESA.
In his thesis, Milad is examining how to improve the efficiency of two-phase heat exchangers. These Devices are seen in many systems, from water purification, to car batteries, to life support systems for space missions. This means that any improvements that could be made would be an enormous boon for all areas of society from medicine, to space exploration, to day to day civilian transit.
In a series of experiments Milad had investigated how a shearing airflow can facilitate condensation of water from moist air and if this could be adapted into two-phase heat exchangers. His thesis is supervised by Professors. Amirfazli and Kempers.
Attached below are a series of videos performed on the experiment which Milad graciously shared with us.