• Summary

    This research proposes manufacturing and using an engineered two-phase flow containing micro 
    capsules filled with phase change materials (PCM). The exhaust heat is invested to boost an 
    application to maximize the economical merit of the cooling system.
    The proposed research project seeks to integrate several ongoing cooperations between the PI and 
    the CoPIs and the industrial partner to implement their diverse expertise to achieve a common goal. 
    The planned activities (detailed in a Gantt chart and work packages) will build on these ongoing 
    activities. The proposed plan of work is divided into 4 work packages. Each work package has a lead 
    investigator responsible with the help of the rest of the consortium based on their background and 
    percentage of time allocated to the project. The research assistants are recruited for each work 
    package with specific assignments based on their discipline. All packages have milestones for each 
    reporting period and are divided into phases with measurable performance indices. The work 
    packages are summarized in the following paragraphs.
    The first work package targets numerical simulations and lab-scale experiments. This work package 
    builds on previous numerical simulations performed in cooperation between Dr. Mina and Prof. 
    Mikhail and Prof. AbdelMessih to use microencapsulated PCM in cooling photovoltaic panels [1].
    The target of this work package is to reach validated optimum design for the cooling system.
    The second work package builds on cooperation between Dr. Mina and Prof. ElSabbagh in 
    characterization and modelling of the transient response of PCM used in building applications [ 2,3], 
    on one hand. and the cooperation between Dr. Mina and Dr. Saleh to manufacture several forms of 
    micro- and nano-materials in her laboratory at the Faculty of Education at Ain Shams University
    [4,5]. One of these forms is microencapsulated PCM as a slurry in water as base fluid. The target of 
    this work package is to manufacture and characterize slurries containing microencapsulated PCM.
    The third work package combines the interest of several Co-PIs in using waste heat in useful 
    applications. At Arizona State ASU-US, Prof. Phelan has worked on energy-efficient drying 
    technologies [6,7], while Prof. Mikhail (with Dr. Cedik) worked in monitoring and controlling the 
    thermal performance using IOT [8], as well as molasses processing in Aswan University. Finally, 
    Prof. AbdelMessih and Dr. Mina implemented this waste heat to assist thermal desalination in the 
    Ain Shams engineering campus [9,10]. The ultimate goal of this work package is to design systems 
    for implementing waste heat for different applications (depending on the temperature level).

  • Achievements

  • List of Publications from the Project

  • Partners

    • Prof. Patrick Phelan
  • Project Members

  • Project Leaders

  • Project PI

    Ehab Mouris Mina

  • Faculty

    Faculty of Engineering

  • Research Group

  • Funding Agency

    United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Funding Program

    Development Innovation Ventures

  • Start Date


  • End Date


  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Project website