Justin Poland: Research Activities and Profile Summaries

Research Interests:

Energy conservation in buildings, Collection and use of solar energy, HVAC and refrigeration systems.

Dr. Poland teaches junior/senior level required courses in mechanical laboratory experimentation, design projects and technical elective courses in thermodynamics and heat transfer applied to heating and cooling of buildings, solar energy systems and combustion engines. He also teaches graduate level courses in viscous fluid mechanics and advanced thermodynamics (applied to combustion). The technical courses he offers includes:

  • Refrigeration and Air-conditioning System Design
  • Solar-Thermal Engineering
  • Thermodynamic Design of Engines

His research interests are in numerically modeling energy saving techniques for buildings, appliances, and machines. Recent work has focused on performance of phase-change-material wallboard and performance of thin ice banks as refrigerant condenser or evaporator.