Center for Applied Thermodynamic Studies (CATS)


MISSION

The mission of the Center for Applied Thermodynamic Studies is to provide the scientific and engineering communities with the highest quality information concerning the thermophysical properties of fluids and fluid mixtures.

FACULTY

  • Dr. Steve Penoncello, Director, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • Dr. Jacob Leachman, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University
  • Dr. Richard Jacobsen, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • Dr. Reid Miller, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, Washington State University

CURRENT STUDENTS

  • Jennifer Hasenoehrl - Exergy Analysis of an On-Board Power Plant and Propulsion System for a Robotic Planetary Exploration Platform  (Ph.D. in progress - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello).  Richard B. Stewart Scholar.

    RECENT STUDENTS

    • Cory Griffard - Thermophysical Property needs in the Nuclear Industry (M.S. 2012 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello).  Currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee.
    • Jacob Schroeder - The Development of a Reference Quality Fundamental Equation for the Thermodynamic Properties of Ethanol (M.S. 2012 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello).  Richard B. Stewart Scholar.  Currently an engineer at Cascade Energy.
    • Achala Akeuritya - Redesign of a Static Ebulliometer for the Measurement of  Vapor Pressure Data (M.S. 2011 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello).  Currently an engineer at Samsung Industries.
    • Jessica Rodriguez - Design of a Comparative Ebulliometer for the Accurate Measurement of Low Pressure Vapor Pressures of Pure Fluids (M.S. 2011 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello).
    • Jennifer Hasenoehrl - Measurement and Correlation of  Vapor Pressure Data for Normal Perfluorohexane (M.S. 2009 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello).  Richard B. Stewart Scholar.  Currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Idaho.
    • Lane Kleppen- Calibration of an Oscillating Quartz Pressure Transducer using a Dead Weight Tester (Undergraduate Research Assistant - B.S.M.E 2008)
    • David Rowe - Exergy Analysis of Commercial Buildings (M.S. 2007 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello).  Currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota.
    • Jacob Leachman - New Fundamental Equations of State Hydrogen (M.S. 2007 - Major Professor:  Richard Jacobsen).  Richard B. Stewart Scholar, Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, 2010.  Currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Washington State University.
    • Veronica Miller - The Design of an Ebulliometer for Measurement of Vapor Pressures up to 3 MPa (M.S. 2006 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello).  Richard B. Stewart Scholar.  Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, 2010.
    • Mark Paulus - The Thermodynamic Properites of the Water-Carbon Dioxide System based on the Lemmon-Jacobsen Mixture Model (M.S. 2004 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello. Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, 2011.  
    • Yanlin (Elaine) Zeng - A Fundamental Equation for the Thermodynamic Properties of Methanol (M.S. 2004 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello.
    • Heather Dillon - A Fundamental Equation for the Thermodynamic Properties of Ethanol (M.S. 2002 - Major Professor:  Steve Penoncello).  Ph.D. from the University of Washington,2010.  Currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Portland State University.