Chenn Q. Zhou

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Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Director of Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS)

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies

Courtesy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University West Lafayette


Purdue University Calumet

Department of Engineering

Powers 121

2200 169th Street Hammond, IN 46323-2094

Phone: 219-989-2665

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  • BS, Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautical & Astronautics, 1982
  • MS, Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautical & Astronautics, 1984
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1991

Areas of Instruction

  • Air Pollution Control
  • Combustion
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Heat Transfer

Research Interests

  • Numerical Simulation of Multiphase Reacting Flows
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Sprays
  • Combustion
  • Heat Transfer
  • Formation and Control of NOx, SOx, and other Air Pollutants

Major Professional Activities

  • AIST Foundation Trustee (2011 – present)
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Thermal Engineering and Science, 2009-2012
  • Technical Program Chair for the Heat Transfer Division participation in the 2012 ASME Joint Heat Transfer, Fluids and Nano, Micro and Minichannels Conference (HTFNMM 2012), June 2012
  • Member of International Scientific Committee, The 2nd Asian-US-European Thermophysics Conference – Thermal Science for Sustainable World, Hong Kong, China, January 3-6, 2012
  • Member of Organizing Committee and Track Chair, 2011 WINVR (World Innovation of Virtual Realty Conference), Italy, June 2011
  • Member of U.S. Scientific Committee, 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, August, 2010
  • Member of International Scientific Committee, the 6th International Symposium on Multiphase Flow, Heat Mass Transfer, and Energy Conversion, Xian, China, July 2009
  • Member of International Scientific Committee, 2009 Renewable Energy and Thermal Physics Conference, Beijing, China, May 2009
  • Founding member of Council on Manufacturing & Engineering Competitiveness, Northwest Indiana, 2008-present
  • Chair (2007-2010) and Vice Chair (2004-2007)of Fire and Combustion (K-11) Committee, Heat Transfer Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
  • Panel Review member for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2008, 2009
  • President (2007-2008) and Vice President (2006-2007), Chinese in America Thermal Engineering Association
  • Member of Mechanical Engineering Department Head Executive Committee, 2007-2010
  • Member of Engineering Research Council, American Society for Engineering Education, 2005-present
  • Member of Iron Producing Operating Committee, Association of Iron and Steel Technology, 2004-present
  • Member of Board of Director of Indiana Economic Development Council, 2004-2006
  • Guest Professor, Central South University, China, 2002-present
  • Chair of the Technical Program for Energex 2000, a conference held by IEF in July 2000
  • Organizer of sessions, topics, and tracks in various technical conferences

Selected Funded Research Projects

  • NiSource Bailey Station Flow Modeling, (Sponsor: Nisource)
  • Evaluation of OCC Cooling Tower 7 & * Pumps Suction for Vortex Formation (Sponsor: BP)
  • 12PS Overhead System CFD Modeling (Sponsor: BP)
  • CFD Studies of Refinery Processes (Sponsor: BP)
  • CFD Simulations of Solid Liquid Mixing in a Stirred Tank (Sponsor: ArcelorMittal Steel)
  • Thermal Stress Analysis of Manifolds (Sponsor: Hadady Corp.)
  • CFD Modeling for High Rate Pulverized Coal Injection (PCI) to Blast Furnaces (Sponsor: American Iron and Steel Association/Department of Energy & Indiana 21st Century Research and Technology Fund
  • CFD Simulations of Study for Reheating Furnaces (Sponsor: ArcelorMittal Steel)
  • Evaluation of Erosion Patterns in a Blast Furnace Hearth Using a CFD Model (Sponsor: Indiana 21st Century Research and Technology Fund)
  • RF-Bio Non-thermal Effects (Sponsor: Air Force)
  • Gas Turbine Combustion Simulation (Sponsor: DOE)
  • Numerical Simulation of Multiphase Reacting Flows in Petroleum FCC Riser Reactors (Sponsor: Argonne National Lab)
  • Glass Furnace Modeling (Sponsor: Argonne National Lab)
  • Aluminum Furnace Modeling (Sponsor: Argonne National Lab)
  • Group Modeling of Turbulent Sprays (Sponsor: NSF)

Selected Refereed Journal and Conference Papers

(More than 170 papers in total since 1987)

  • Li, Baokuan, Hongbin Yin) Chenn Q. Zhou) and Fumitaka Tsukihashi, “Modeling of Three-phase Flows and Behavior of Slag/Steel Interface in an Argon Gas Stirred Ladle”, ISIJ International, Vol. 48 (2008), No. 12, pp. 1704—1711
  • Fu, DONG; Wu, B.; Chen G.; Moreland, J.; and Zhou, C.; “CFD Simulations And Vr Visualization for Process Design and Optimization”, Proceedings of the US-EU-China Thermophysics Conference, UECTC-RE T5-S6-0298, 7 Pages
  • Zhang, Y.; Deshpande, R.; Huang, D., Chaubal; D.; Zhou, C.Q.; “Numerical analysis of blast furnace hearth inner profile by using CFD and heat transfer model for different time periods”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, v 51, n 1-2, January, 2008, p 186-197
  • Wu B.; Roesel, T.; Arnold, A.M.; Xu, Z.; Arnold, E.; Downey, G.; Zhou, C.Q.; “CFD analysis of batch-type reheating furnace with regenerative burners”, Proceedings of 2008 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, HT2008-56366, 9 pages
  • Roldan, D.; Zhang, Y.; Deshpande, R.; Huang, D.; Chaubal, P.; Zhou, C.Q.; “3-D CFD analysis for blast furnace hearth wear”, Iron and Steel technology, Vol.4. 2, No.3, March, 2007, pp. 43-50
  • Zhou, Chenn (Lead Author); Cutler J. Cleveland (Topic Editor). 2006. “Combustion.” In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland Washington, D.C
  • Chang, S.L.; Zhou, C.Q.; Golchert, B.; “Eulerian approach for multiphase flow simulation in a glass melter”, Applied Thermal Engineering, v 25, n 17-18, 2005, p 3083-3103
  • Zhou, C.Q., “Combustion”, Dictionary of Energy, Elsevier, 2005
  • Yan, F.; Zhou, C.Q.; Huang, D.; Chaubal, P.; “Three-dimensional computational modeling of a blast furnace hearth”, Iron and Steel Technology, v 2, n 1, 2005, p 48-58
  • Chang, S.L. and C.Q. Zhou, “Combustion and Thermodynamics”, Article Number NRGY 00087 in Encyclopedia of Energy, Elsevier, Volume 1, 2004