Patrick F. Mensah
Formosa Endowed Professor, Associate Dean For Research, Southern University, Baton Rouge.
Experimental and computational fluid and heat transfer.
Modeling, processing, and thermo-mechanical property characterization of composite materials, high temperature superalloys and ceramic thermal barrier coatings.
Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Louisiana State University (1998).
Ongoing researchin our group, supported by CIMM, focuses on developing computational
heat transfer models for analysisof multi-phase heat transfer in micro-scale heat
sinks manufactured bymetal forming. Numerical modeling and simulation approaches for
analyzing additive manufacturing (AM) processes of metal powders involving laseras input
heat sources is also under development. AM produce parts through the layer-by-layer
addition of molten material that generates large temperature gradientsthat cause plastic
deformation. Thermo-mechanical models predict the
thermal history, mechanical distortion due interfacial thermal stresses. This enables the process to be studied and for distortion mitigation techniques to be developed. Such investigations requiredmodels that accurately capturethe physics of the deposition process.