Renewable Energy in Mechanical Engineering with Emphasis on Wind Energy

Mihir Sen

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

University of Notre Dame

Energy is an important area of study and research in many disciplines. The three main aspects of this subject of interest for mechanical engineers are sources, storage, and usage of energy. Conventional energy will be briefly mentioned, but most of the discussion will be on renewable energy for mechanical engineers. Mention will be made of sources such as solar thermal, compressed air, and hydrokinetic. Mechanical storage can be in flywheels and potential energy devices. The operation of wind energy, including horizontal and vertical axes turbines, will be discussed in some detail. Research at Notre Dame in renewable energy will be described.


Mihir Sen completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India in 1968. He started his graduate studies with experiments in turbulence in the Department of Mechanics at the Johns Hopkins University working under the supervision of Professor L.S.G. Kovasnay. He finished it in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with research on the generation of surface waves by wind with Professor E. Mollo-Christensen. He obtained the degree of Doctor of Science in 1975. He worked for the next ten years in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (U.N.A.M.) in Mexico City. He was one year as Visiting Professor in Cornell University before joining the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Notre Dame in 1986. His research is in heat transfer and fluid mechanics. He has worked in several areas including reacting flows, natural and forced convection, flow in porous media, falling films, boiling, MEMS applications, and heat exchangers. His current interest is in thermal control and applications of intelligent systems. He is a Fellow of the ASME.

Organized by: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Chile
When: Wednesday, October 23th, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Where: Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Av. Beauchef 850, Santiago. Room G-108, Geology Building