The Sustainable Thermal Systems Laboratory

   The research conducted at the Sustainable Thermal Systems Laboratory at Georgia Tech, directed by Dr. Srinivas Garimella, explores the underlying physical phenomena in heat and mass transfer processes at the microscales and exploits this understanding to design innovative, high-heat-flux components and systems ranging in capacity from a few Watts to 100s of Megawatts. Among the prominent applications being served by this research are waste heat recovery, space-conditioning, water heating and refrigeration, automotive thermal systems, carbon sequestration and chemical processing, with the overarching goal of achieving sustainable energy utilization and reduced carbon footprints. The STSL has a comprehensive suite of research facilities for phase-change and single-phase fluid flow and heat transfer experiments in single- and multi- component fluids, dry and moist-air heat transfer, and investigation of thermal systems under controlled ambient conditions.


February 2014
STSL research on thermally driven absorption heat pumps for civilian and military applications was featured at the 2014 ARPA-E Innovation Summit.