fbpx Research | University of Kentucky College of Engineering


General Overview

IR4TD believes in sustainable research that is motivated by the desire to improve conditions for humanity and to increase the fundamental understanding of the physical world in which we live. These motivations can lead to great accomplishments via basic and applied research, where IR4TD strives to promote win-win relationships with industrial partners, university and sponsored project collaborators. The win-win approach is built on mutual respect and the desire to improve both individual and society's conditions.

Under this umbrella, IR4TD is specialized in three main areas of research:

  • Efficient utilization of energy and resources toward economic and social prosperity
  • Live fuel fire behavior and wildland fires modeling research
  • Atomization, droplets on demand, and coatings research

In the past, the Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD) had worked on many projects of different caliber, topics, and durations. These projects were either internally, or externally funded from various industries and governmental agencies to conduct multidisciplinary research projects. These included coatings research, renewable energy systems sizing-optimizations, power plants energy boosting, and wildfire modelling. Since these topics are inherently interdisciplinary; IR4TD research involved active collaboration with researchers from various departments, such as mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and agriculture and forestry. At IR4TD, we are heavily involved in both experimental and simulation work, for instance, the energy research projects are largely dependent on theoretical analysis and simulations with machine learning tools. On the other hand, the coatings and wildfire projects involved intensive experimentation using schlieren and infrared imaging, as well as droplets size analysis using laser diffraction techniques. The results of our research are usually disseminated through the scientific community as journal articles and conference papers or presentations.

Please contact us for comments and more information