ETID's Alvarado receives project from Department of Defense

Photo of Dr. Jorge AlvaradoDr. Jorge Alvarado, associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, recently received a project from the Department of Defense (DoD) to develop and deploy a new generation of heat transfer fluids (HTF) in key military installations.

As part of the two-year project, Alvarado is responsible for running on-site demonstrations that will include web-based monitoring of the thermal performance of the new HTF in designated military facilities.

The new HTF consist of microcapsules containing phase change material capable of increasing heat capacity by at least 40 percent. The HTF will be tested in cooling loops in two military installations to demonstrate their full potential as part of an Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) project.

The two-year project, which will receive a total of $952,000 in funding from the DoD, includes $387,716 for Texas A&M.

Alvarado, who joined Texas A&M in 2004, has a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and his master’s and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.