Summer Heat Transfer Conference

Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Bellevue, Washington

July 9 - 12, 2017

Kern Award Presentation


2016 Donald Q. Kern Award Presentation

Bengt Sundén

Professor Bengt Sundén
Heat Transfer, Department of Energy Sciences, Lund University
Lund, Sweden



This lecture presents a brief overview and state-of-the-art of computational methods in heat transfer equipment, i.e., mainly CFD (computational fluid dynamics) methods for thermal problems, and turbulence modeling for single phase applications in the design, research and development of heat exchangers. Typical examples of real heat exchangers are shown to demonstrate how CFD methods can be used as R & D tools. Specific issues for micro heat exchangers and phase change applications are considered. Nevertheless, limitations and shortcomings as well as need for further research are highlighted. In addition, specific methods like artificial neural networks (ANN) and genetic algorithms (GA) are described and examples how these can be applied in heat exchanger analysis are given.

Education, Position
Bengt Sundén received his M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering 1973, Ph. D. in Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1979, and became Docent in Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1980, all from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

He was appointed Professor of Heat Transfer at Lund University, Lund, Sweden in 1992 and has served as Department Head of Energy Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden for 21 years 1995-2016. Since 1st October 2016 he acts as Professor Emeritus and Senior Professor.

The research activities include compact heat exchangers, enhancement of heat transfer, gas turbine heat transfer, combustion-related heat transfer, evaporation and condensation on micro- and nano-structured surfaces, impinging jets, liquid crystal thermography, microscale and nanofluid heat transfer, thermal radiation, computational modeling and analysis of multiphysics and multiscale transport phenomena for fuel cells.

Track record
Dr. Sunden established and was first editor-in-chief of IJHEX — International Journal of Heat Exchangers (R.T. Edwards Inc., USA) 1999-2008, an associate editor of ASME J. Heat Transfer 2005-2008, editor-in-chief of a Book Series — Developments in Heat Transfer (WIT Press, UK) since 1995. He has published more than 700 papers in journals (> 300 in journals), books and proceedings. He has edited 30 books and authored three text books. He has supervised more than 180 M Sc theses, 47 Licentiate of Engineering theses, 46 PhD-theses and many post docs and visiting researchers. He is a Fellow of ASME, Honorary Professor of Xian Jiaotong Univ, China, Guest Professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China, a regional editor Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer since 2007, an associate editor of Heat Transfer Research since 2011, an associate editor ASME J. Thermal Science, Engineering and Applications 2010-2016. He was a recipient of the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award 2011. He received the ASME HTD 75th Anniversary Medal 2013. Fellow and Eminent Scientist of WIT, UK. He is the 2016 recipient of Donald Q. Kern Award. Since 1st May 2017 he serves as an associate editor of ASME journal Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage. The h-index is 34 and the number of citations is more than 4500.