Peter Vadasz, DSc
Education Accordion Closed
- Doctor of Science, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1988
- Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1983
- Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1979
About Accordion Closed
Dr. Peter Vadasz’s professional topics of interest are: Energy Conversion and Storage, Transport Phenomena in Porous Media, Heat and Mass Transfer and Fluid Dynamics, Investigation of Non- Linear Effects, Stability, Bifurcation and Routes to Chaos, Bio-Engineering, Engineering Economics, Cost Analysis and Optimization. A member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, and the journal Computational Thermal Sciences, a Past Associate Editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), he was also a Fellow of The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering, and Fellow Member of the Southern African Institute of Energy. He is also a member of the Royal Society of London (Proceedings A) editorial board since 2013, and was awarded Honorary Professor at Shandong Academy of Sciences, Jinan, Shandong, China, 2015-2020. Dr. Vadasz teaches all levels of courses in Thermodynamics, Advanced Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Thermal Analysis, and Engineering Modeling of Nonlinear Systems.
Publications and Research
Publications Accordion Closed
In August 2000 he received the National Research Foundation (NRF) “A” rating evaluation, a privilege bestowed only with scientists that are established “world leaders, for the quality and impact of their recent research outputs”. This was the first ever and the only NRF (previously FRD) “A” rated scientist at University of Durban-Westville. There were 48 “A” rated scientists in South Africa at that time. In February 2001 the Royal Society of London published a paper by Straughan, B. ( Proc. Royal Society A, Vol.457, pp.87-93, 2001 ) that names a new dimensionless group, the Vadasz number (Va). The scientific significance and impact of this dimensionless group in oscillatory convection in porous media was first introduced by Prof. Vadasz in his paper: Vadasz, P., J. Fluid Mechanics 376, pp.351-375,1998, and subsequently in: Vadasz, P., Transport in Porous Media 41(2), pp.211-239,2000. Subsequently the Vadasz number (Va) was adopted by S. Lombardo & G. Mulone in Continuum Mech. Thermodyn. (14, 527-540, 2002), S. Govender in Transport in Porous Media (51, 315-326, 2003), B. Straughan in Proc. Royal Society of London A (460, 2913-2927, 2004), Mulone and Straughan in ZAMM (86, 507-520, 2006), S. Govender in Transport in Porous Media (63, 489-502, 2006) and in J. Porous Media (9 (6), 523-539, 2006), L.J. Sheu in Chaos, Solitons & Fractals (30 (3), 672-689, 2006), B.S. Bhadauria in Transport in Porous Media, (70 (2), 191-211, 2007), Vanishree & Siddheshwar in Transport in Porous Media (81, 73-87, 2010), Straughan, B.: “Convection with Local Thermal non- Equilibrium and Microfluidic Effects” (in Adv. in Mech. and Math. 32, Springer, 2015), and many others. (See also Wikipedia: “list of dimensionless quantities” for a long list of dimensionless numbers, including Vadasz number, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dimensionless_quantities . ) Also the following additional references to Dr. Vadasz’s work are Vadasz Coefficient – introduced by B. Straughan in the book: “Brian Straughan, Stability and Wave Motion in Porous Media, (Applied Mathematical Sciences Series), ISBN: 0387765417, Springer, 2008”. Taylor-Vadasz Number (VaD ) – introduced by Vanishree & Siddheshwar in Transport in Porous Media (81, 73-87, 2010). “Vadasz-Darcy Theory” named in a section of the 2015 book Straughan, B: “Convection with Local Thermal non-Equilibrium and Microfluidic Effects”, (Adv. in Mech. and Math. 32, Springer, 2015). “Vadasz-Brinkman Theory” named in a section of the 2015 book (Straughan, B: “Convection with Local Thermal non-Equilibrium and Microfluidic Effects”, (Adv. in Mech. and Math. 32, Springer, 2015). “Vadasz Inertia Term” named by Capone and De Luca in Transport in Porous Media (“Porous MHD Convection: Effect of Vadasz Inertia Term”, 118, 519-536, 2017).
Research Accordion Closed
Dr. Vadasz is actively engaged in the following research projects:
- “Thermal Radiation from Quantum Convection and Deterministic Quantum Mechanics”.
- “Periodic Freezing of Water and Melting of Ice in Asphalt as a Porous Medium subject to Diurnal Temperature Oscillations”.
- “Ocean Modeling with application to the Environmental Impact on Climate Change due to Global Warming”.