Partnership with Chinese university furthers power generation research

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering hosted 11 members of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University  (SJTU) mechanical engineering faculty for a joint workshop on power generation research Oct. 10 and 11.

The purpose of the workshop was to share each university's current research in combustion and aero-thermal heat transfer processes related to advanced power generation systems to see where future collaborations might be beneficial.

"The partnership with SJTU will provide opportunities for Penn State faculty to collaborate with the best researchers at one of the top graduate research programs in mechanical engineering in China and will provide Penn State grad students with an opportunity to conduct part of their graduate research at SJTU, giving them a truly unique international experience," said Domenic Santavicca, professor of mechanical engineering and the workshop's coordinator.

To kick off the workshop, SJTU visitors toured many of the labs that make up the Center for Advanced Power Generation, including those directed by Santavicca; Richard Yetter, professor of mechanical engineering; and Robert Santoro, the George L. Guillet Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Propulsion Engineering Research Center. After lab tours were complete, both Penn State and SJTU faculty members delivered presentations on their current research.

On Dec. 12 and 13, four engineers from Shanghai Electric Power Generation Equipment Co. will visit Penn State to discuss possible research collaboration involving SJTU and Penn State. A second workshop will be held in May in Shanghai and will be devoted to developing specific plans for research collaboration in the areas of coal combustion and gas turbine combustion.

The October workshop was sponsored by the Office of Global Programs, the College of Engineering, the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and the Center for Advanced Power Generation.

The department forged an official partnership with SJTU in 2010, enhancing global activities for both universities to enrich educational and research programs. Such activities include faculty exchanges, undergraduate student exchanges, joint research projects and symposia, graduate student visitation and undergraduate global student engineering teams.

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Last Updated November 12, 2012