Justin Poland, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering

The University of Maine
5711 Boardman Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5711
(207) 581-2130; poland@maine.edu

PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado, 1979

External Engagements:

  • Consultant, Maine Department of Transportation – design and construction of a solar preheated ventilation air system, 1981
  • Faculty Research Fellow, USAF Arnold Engineering Development Center, 1985

Teaching Areas: (More Information)

Solar-Thermal Engineering; Thermodynamics Design of Engines; Mechanical Laboratory I, II & III; Refrigeration and Air Conditioning System Design; Advanced Fluid Mechanics

Research Areas: (Expanded View)

  • Solar energy systems for thermal heating – building ventilation air, cooking food
  • Thermodynamics of re-vaporization of condensed moisture in two-dimensional, supersonic wind tunnel testing
  • Heat transfer in double-glazed windows with baffles between the glazings
  • Influence of phase-change material (PCM) wallboard on heat load to air conditioned spaces with insulated wood stud-wall and insulated wood joist ceiling construction

Principal Sponsors:

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • McNair Scholars Program of the University of Maine’s College of Education

Select Research / Collaboration Activities:

  • Influence of phase-change material embedded in gypsum wallboard on heat load on air-conditioned space through multilayered building envelopes. Undergraduate McNair Scholars – Maximo Torres summer 1993, and Leonel Arellano, summer 1994

Select Publications / Conference Presentations:

  • “A Microcomputer Enables Highly Automated Performance Testing and Data Processing of New Technology Household Refrigerators,” Proceedings of the Third National Conference on Microcomputer Applications in Energy, Tucson, AZ, November 1-3, 1988.
  • “Interaction between Radiation and Natural Convection Heat Transfer in Horizontally Baffled Enclosures,” Proceedings of the 1986 International Congress on Renewable Energy Sources, Madrid, Spain, May 18-23, 1986, pp. 1484-1497.
  • “The Influence of Condensed Water Re-vaporization on Wind Tunnel Test Results,” Final Report for USAF/UES 1985 Summer Faculty Research Program at Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tennessee.
  • “Solar Preheated Ventilation Air: A Retrofitted Active Passive System,” Solar Engineering 1983 Proceedings of ASME Solar Energy Division Fifth Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, April 18-21, 1983, pp. 128-136.
  • “Optical and Thermal Analysis for Double-Exposure Concentrating Collector Geometries” (with S. Large) Solar Engineering 1983 Proceedings of ASME Solar Energy Division Fifth Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, April 18-21, 1983, pp. 414-419.

Professional Activities / Memberships:

  • ASHRAE (Member)
  • ASME (Life Member)