Topic of the laboratory research is at the crossroads of several scientific disciplines: thermodynamics, mechanics, physics, colloid chemistry and applied mathematics. The overall objective of research is the scientific substantiation of methods aimed at increasing energy efficiency of technologies, including the enhancement of heat transfer (heat transfer coefficient up to 100 kW / m2K and more) and discharge of high and ultra-high heat flows (up to 1000 W / cm2 or more). The common ground of our research is the understanding of phenomena happening in multiphase energy-intensive systems (of millimetric, micrometric or nanometric scale) involved in heat transfer.

The laboratory carries out a wide range of experimental, theoretical and computational studies, including:

  •  processes in phase transitions (evaporation, boiling and condensation);
  •  processes in constrained conditions (microsystems and micro-channels);
  •  heat transfer processes on surfaces with micro- and nanocoatings;
  •  stability of two-phase flows in thin and ultra-thin liquid films;
  •  processes involved in transmission lines at the interface between liquid, gaz and solid walls;
  •  transfer processes on structured surfaces.
Results of these studies are essential to create new efficient heat transfer systems, including cooling systems of electronics operating at different gravity levels (transport, aviation, space-based), as well as energy-efficient technologies for energy production.
Objectives of the Laboratory are directly related to the development of critical technologies aimed at creating energy-saving systems for transport, distribution and use of energy, as well as creating transport, rocket and spacecraft equipment of new generation.

International partners of the laboratory: Institut Universitaire des Systèmes Thermiques Industriels (France), Université Aix-Marseille (France), CNRS (France), Euro Heat Pipes SA (Belgium).

Expert in this field: Doctor of Physico-Mathematical Sciences, Professor Oleg A. Kabov, kabov@itp.nsc.ru

Section of Physics of Nonequilibrium Processes, Department of Physics NSU
Kutateladze Institute of Thermophysics SB RAS