Dr. Biao Zhou, PhD PEng Professor, Director of Clean Powertrain Lab
Research Areas: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, Battery Management System, Motor Control, 3D Printing, Fuel Cell, Nano-Material, Clean Combustion (Diesel Engine, Jet Engine, Coal), Computational Fluid Dynamics and Combustion.
Research at The Clean Powertrain Lab
Computational and experimental fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, multi-phase flow, combustion, and electrochemistry; nano-materials; system control and monitoring technology; 3D printing technology; fuel cell hybrid powertrain; fuel cell science and technologies; clean combustion technologies; unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Current Research Topics
， Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
， Fuel cell power systems for UAV applications
， 3D Printing
， Flight dynamics and control
， Fuel cell design and modeling
， Fuel cell testing techniques (system control and monitoring technology)
， Fuel cell and hybrid powertrain technologies
， Advanced Membrane-Electrode-Assembly
， Nano-materials for fuel cell applications
， Clean combustion technologies (Internal combustion engine modeling for different fuels (gasoline, bio-diesel, diesel) with detailed chemistry; gas turbine, burner design, CFD modeling, diesel combustion, coal combustion)
， Grid generation, CFD solver and visualization techniques
， Development of GUI (Graphical User Interface) for CFD code
， Turbulence-spray interaction
， Large Eddy Simulation (LES)
， Dynamics and combustion of droplets and sprays
， Dynamics of flame and vortex
， Computational Fluid Dynamics Code Development Platforms: KIVA, ANSYS FLUENT, OPENFOAM, in-house codes for two-phase flow and combustion.
， Advanced Fuel Cell Test Stand: automatic data acquisition system for temperature, pressure, pressure drop, humidity, flowrate, etc.
， Nano-Materials Lab: electro-spinning setup, furnaces, coating equipment, mixer, etc.
， Fuel Cell - Battery Hybrid Vehicle Test Bench: automatic data acquisition system for current, voltage, power, speed, motor and battery monitoring, etc.
， Battery Management System Test Bench: automatic data acquisition system for current, voltage, power, charging/discharging battery, etc.
， Access to Industry and Government Labs: automotive industry (diesel engine research), fuel cell industry (PEM fuel cell research), and National Research Council Canada (fuel cell, gas turbine research).