IAC Center of Excellence: 2014

The Lehigh University Industrial Assessment Center (LE-IAC) provides free energy, productivity, and waste assessments to small and medium sized industrial facilities through funding provided by the US Department of Energy.

LE-IAC Activity Map
347 Assessments
2,984 Recommendations
5.90 Tbtu Energy Saving*
$60.63 million Cost Savings*
169 Students Trained
*Recommended Savings
Assessment - Case Studies

LE | Assessment: LE0235
Aluminum Company Implements Major Recommendations
Aluminum Company Implements Major Recommendations
Related Papers & Publications

2015
16 Papers / Publications
Alkhamis, N. Oztekin, D.E., Anqi, A.E., Alsaiari, A. and Oztekin A, " Numerical Study of Gas Separation using a Membrane,", Int J Heat and Mass Transfer,
Schleicher, W., Riglin, J and Oztekin, A, " Numerical Characterization of a Preliminary Portable Micro-hydrokinetic Turbine Rotor Design,", Renewable Energy, 76,
Schleicher, W.C. and Oztekin, A, " Hydraulic Design and Optimization of a Modular Pump-Turbine Runner,", Energy Conversion and Management, 93, 388-398,
Solomon, L., Elmozughi, AF., Oztekin, A. and Neti, S, " Effect of Internal Void Placement on Heat Transfer Performance – Encapsulated Phase Change material for Energy Storage,", Renewable Energy 78, 438-447,
Quoyang, W., Wei, W., Cheng, X., Zhang, X., Webb III, E.B. and Oztekin, A, " Flow-induced Conformational Change of von Willebrand Factor Multimer,", Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics,
Riglin, J., Schleicher, W.C. and Oztekin. A., " Numerical Analysis of a Shrouded Micr-hydrokinetic Turbine Unit,", Journal of Hydraulic Research,
Ma, H., Oztekin, D.E., Bayraktar, S., Yayla, S. and Oztekin, A, " Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Analysis for a Novel Heat Exchanger,", Journal of Heat Transfer 137(5),
Krisna, H.K., Neti, S., Oztekin, A and Mohapatra, S, " Modeling of Particle Agglomeration in Nanofluids,", Journal of Applied Physics 117 094304,
Anqi, A.E., Alkhamis, N. and Oztekin, A, " Numerical Simulation of Brackish Water Desalination by a Reverse Osmosis Membrane,", Desalination 369,
Alkhamis, N., Anqi, A.E., and Oztekin, A, " Computational Study of Gas Separation Using a Hollow Fiber Membrane,", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 89,
Riglin, J., Schleicher, W.C. and Oztekin. A, " Cavitation Phenomena and Performance Implications in Archimedes Flow Turbines,", Journal of Fluid Eng,
Goel, N., Webb III, E.B., Oztekin, A., Rickman, J.M., and Neti, S, " Kapitza Resistance at Segregated Boundaries in beta-SiC,", Journal of Applied Physics 118, 115101,
Riglin, J., Schleicher, W.C., Liu, I. and Oztekin. A, " Characterization of a Micro-hydrokinetic Turbine in Close Proximity to the Surface,", Ocean Engineering 110 (2015) 270-280,
Liu, I., Riglin, J., Schleicher and Oztekin. A, " Flow Past a Plate in the Vicinity of a Free Surface,", Ocean Engineering,
Anqi, A.E., Alkhamis, N., Alrehili, M.F. and Oztekin, A, " Numerical Study of Brackish Water Desalination Using Reverse Osmosis Membrane,", IDAWC15, San Diego,
Solomon, L., Öztekin, A, Neti, S. and Jain, H, " Determination of Metal Oxides Suitable for Use in Thermal Energy Storage,", Proceeding of Symposium T1S8 on Solar Thermal Conversion and Storage, CMCEE Conference,, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

2014
12 Papers / Publications
Schleicher, W., Ma, H., Riglin, J., Kraybil, Z., Wei, W., Klein, R. and Oztekin, A, " Characterization of a Micro Hydro Turbine,", Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy,
Bayraktar, S., Yayla, S., Oztekin, A. and Ma, H, " Wall Proximity Effects on Flow over Cylinders with Different Cross-Sections,", Canadian Journal of Physics, 92,
Elmozughi, A.F., Solomon, L., Neti, S., Öztekin, A, " Encapsulated Phase Change Material for High temperature Thermal Energy Storage – Heat Transfer Analysis,", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 78,
Zhao, C., Jinxin, F., Oztekin A. and Cheng, X, " Measuring Soret Coefficient of Nanoparticle in a Dilute Suspension,", Journal of Nanoparticle Research,
Ying, Z., Barton, J.L., Tuzla, K., Chen, J., Neti, S., Oztekin, A. and Misiolek, W, " Experimental and Computational Study of Thermal Energy Storage with Encapsulated NaNO3 for High Temperature Applications,", Solar Energy 115,
Almolawi, S., Oztekin, D.E. and Oztekin A, " Computational Study of Multi-phase Flows using Lattice Boltzmann Model,", Canadian Journal of Physics,
Alkhamis, N., Anqi, A., Oztekin, D.E., Alsaiari, A. and Oztekin, A, " Enhancing Gas Separation Across a Membrane with Pulsating Flow,", Proceeding of 10th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Orlando,
Oztekin, D.E., Almalowi, S.J. and Oztekin, A, " Computational Study of Droplets Rising Using lattice Boltzmann Model,", Proceeding of 10th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics HEFAT2014-, Orlando,
Schelicher, W.C., Riglin, J. and Oztekin, A, " Numerical Optimization and Design Improvements of a Portable Hydrokinetic Turbine,", Marine Energy Technology Symposium,
Riglin, J., Schelicher, W.C. and Oztekin, A, " Diffuser Optimization for a Micro Hydrokinetic Turbine,", Proceeding of ASME, Montreal,
Solomon, L., Elmozughi, A., Neti, S. and Öztekin, A, " High Temperature Thermal Energy Storage Using EPCM – The Effect of Void,", Proceeding of ASME, Montreal,
Alkhamis, N. Oztekin, D.E., Anqi, A.E., Alsaiari, A. and Oztekin A, " Computational Study of Gas Separation Using Membrane Supported by a Porous Medium,", Proceeding of ASME, Montreal,

2013
14 Papers / Publications
Zhao, W, Neti, S & Öztekin, " Heat Transfer Analysis of Encapsulated Phase Change Materials,", Applied Thermal Engineering, 50 issue 1, 143-151,
Blaney, J, Misiolek, W Z, Neti, S & Öztekin, " Stress Analysis of Encapsulated Phase Change Materials,", Applied Thermal Engineering, 50 issue 1, 555-561,
Coscia, K., Elliot, T., Mohapatra, S., Öztekin, A. and Neti, S, " Binary and Ternary Nitrate Solar Heat Transfer Fluids,", Journal of Solar Energy Engineering,
Zheng, Y., Zhao, W., Sabol, J.C., Tuzla, K., Neti, S., Öztekin, A. and Chen, J.C., " Encapsulated Phase Change Material for Energy Storage – Characterization by Calorimetry,", Solar Energy, 87, 117-126,
Zhao, W., Zheng, Y., Sabol, J.C., Tuzla, K., Neti, S., Öztekin, A. and Chen, J.C, " High Temperature Calorimetry and Use of Magnesium Chloride for Thermal Energy Storage,", Renewable Energy, 50, 998-993,
Zhao, W., Elmozughi, A.F., Neti, S., Öztekin, A, " Heat transfer Analysis of Encapsulated Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage,", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 63, 323-335,
Zhao, C., Öztekin, A. and Cheng, X, " Gravity Induced Swirl of Nanoparticles in Microfluidics,", Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 15 issue 5, 1-14,
Coscia, K., Nelle, S., Elliot, T., Mohapatra, S., Öztekin, A. and Neti, S., " Thermophysical Properties of LiNO3-NaNO3-KNO3 Mixtures for Use in Concentrated Solar Power,", Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 135(3),
Riglin, J., Schelicher, W.C., Kraybil, Z., Klein, R.C. and Oztekin, A, " Computational Fluid Dynamics and Structural Finite Element Analysis of a Micro Hydro Turbine,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE2013, San Diego,
Ma, H., and Oztekin, A, " Flow and Heat Transfer Characteristics of a Novel Heat Exchangers,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE2013, San Diego,
Alkhamis, N., Anqi, A., Oztekin, D.E., Alsaiari, A. and Oztekin, A, " Gas Separation using a Membrane,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE2013, San Diego,
Almalowi, S.J., Oztekin, D.E. and Oztekin, A, " Rayleigh-Taylor Instability Studied with Multi-relaxation Time Lattice Boltzmann Method,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE2013, San Diego,
Schelicher, W.C., Riglin, J., Kraybil, Z., Klein, R.C. and Oztekin, A, " Design, Simulations, Test and Cavitation Analysis of Micro Hydrokinetic Turbines / Arrays of Turbines,", Marine Energy Technology Symposium,
Bayraktar, S., Oztekin, A., Yayla, S. and Ma, H, " Computational Investigation of Unsteady Flow Past a Confined Cylinder of Various Cross-Sections,", Proceeding of ICFMHTT2013-Istanbul,, Turkey,

2012
10 Papers / Publications
Yang, Y, Mohapatra, S, Neti, S & Öztekin, A, " Particle agglomeration and properties of nanofluids,", Journal of NanoParticles Research 14(5),
Saeed, J.A. and Öztekin, A, " Flow Simulations using Thermal Lattice Boltzmann Method,", Journal of Applied Mathematics,
Sabol, J.C., Misiolek, W.Z., Öztekin, A. and Neti, S, " Characterization of Intermediate Phases Formed Between Solid Nickel and Liquid Zinc for Potential Use in Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems,", Metallography, Microstructure and Analysis, 1 number 5, 208-216,
Zhao, W., Zheng, Y., Sabol, J.C., Öztekin, A, Neti, Tuzla, K., Misiolek, W.Z. and Chen, J.C., " Thermal Energy Storage for Solar Systems using NaNO3 as Encapsulated Phase Change Materials,", Proceeding of Innostock 12-th Conference on Energy Storage, Spain,
Zhao, W., Zheng, Y., Sabol, J.C., Öztekin, A, Neti, Tuzla, K., Misiolek, W.Z. and Chen, J.C, " Heat Transfer Analysis for Thermal Energy Storage Using NaNO3 as Encapsulated Phase Change Material,", Proceeding of ASME-HT2012, Puerto Rico,
Coscia, K., Neti, S., Öztekin, A, Nelle, S., Mohapatra, S. and Elliot, T, " Ternary Molten Salt Heat Transfer Fluid for Energy Applications,", Proceeding of ASME-HT2012, Puerto Rico,
Elmozughi, A., Zhao, W., Neti, S. and Öztekin, A, " Thermal Modeling of High temperature Energy Storage using Encapsulated Phase Change Materials,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE2012, Houston,
Saeed, J.A. and Öztekin, A, " Multi-phase Flow Simulations using Lattice Boltzmann Method,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE2012, Houston,
Coscia, K., Elliot, T., Neti, S., Öztekin, A. and Mohapatra, S, " Analytical Modeling and Experimental Measurements of Ternary Molten Salt Heat Transfer Fluid for Energy Applications,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE2012, Houston,
Zhao, W., Elmozughi, A., Neti, S. and Öztekin, A, " Transient 2-D Heat Transfer Analysis of Encapsulated Phase Change Materials,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE2012, Houston,

2011
5 Papers / Publications
Yang, Y., Öztekin, A, Neti, S & Mohapatra, S, " Characterization and Convective Heat Transfer with Nanofluids,", Proceeding of AJTEC2011- ASME/JSME 8-th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference,
Zhao, W., Zheng, Y., Sabol, J.C., Öztekin, A, Neti, Tuzla, K., Misiolek, W.Z. and Chen, J.C, " Thermal Energy Storage using Zinc as Encapsulated Phase Change Material,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE 2011,
Zhao, Öztekin, A, Neti, Tuzla, K., Misiolek, W.Z. and Chen, J.C, " Thermal Analysis of Encapsulated Phase Change Material for Energy Storage,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE 2011,
Coscia, K., Neti, S., Öztekin, A, Nelle, S., Mohapatra, S. and Elliot, T, " The Thermophysical Properties of the NaK, LiNa and LiK Nitrate Salt Systems,", Proceeding of ASME-IMECE 2011,
Coscia, K., Elliot, T., Nelle, S., Mohapatra, S., Öztekin, A, and Neti, S, " The Heat Transfer Characteristics and Phase modeling of Molten Binary Nitrate Salt Systems,", Proceeding of Solar PACE 2011,

2010
3 Papers / Publications
Vempati, B, Panchagnula, M., Öztekin, A. & Neti, S, " Combined Buoyancy and Viscous Effects in Liquid-Liquid Flows in a Vertical Pipe,", Acta Mechanica (2010) DOI 10.1007/S00707-009-0191-2,
Öztekin, A, Neti, S & Ukaew, A, " Turbulence Manipulation by Nanoparticles in Pipe Flow,", Proceeding of HEFAT2010,
Öztekin, A, Neti, S & Ukaew, A, " The Effects of Nanoparticles and Polymer Additives in Turbulent Pipe Flow,", IMECE2010 - 40987,

2009
1 Papers / Publications
Vempati, B, Öztekin, A. & Neti, S, " Stability of Two Layered Fluid Flows in an Inclined Channel,", Acta Mechanica Volume 209 issue 3, 187-199,

2007
1 Papers / Publications
Vempati, B, M. Panchagnula, A. Öztekin & S. Neti, " Numerical Investigation of Liquid-Liquid Co-Axial Flows,", Journal of Fluid Engineering, 129, 713-719,

2006
1 Papers / Publications
Vempati, B, M. Panchagnula, A. Öztekin & S. Neti, " Flow Regimes of Newtonian Fluids in Vertical Co-axial Flows,", Proceeding of IMEC2006,

2005
1 Papers / Publications
J. Colistra, M. Panchagnula, A. Öztekin & S. Neti & A, " Interfacial Dynamics of Two Layer Couette Flow – Gravity Enhanced Kelvin Helmotz Instability,", Proceedings of ASME FED,
Noteworthy Feedback
"The owner of the company was extremely pleased with our recommendations and said she is likely to implement as many as are economically feasible. "
- Source: 10/30/2014
"Today we received the Energy Assessment prepared by the Lehigh University Industrial Assessment Center on August 20, 2015. It is quite comprehensive and informative. The amount of time and research that was used to generate the report must have been extensive. We certainly plant on implementing as many of the "Assessment Recommendations" presented therein, as possible. The recommendations presented in the report will save a great deal of energy as well as being a tremendous help in reducing our cost of manufacturing. Hopefully, in the six month time frame note in your letter, we will be able to report that many of the recommendations have been implemented. "
- Source: 10/23/2015
"I want to ask you to forward our thanks and appreciation to the assessment staff that was involved in this project, it was a pleasure working with such talented and motivated folks. Thank you for offering your continued assistance."
- Source: 10/30/2015
"The students' overall evaluation of our energy assessment was very beneficial. The students worked together to perform the best analysis of our facility. The students have a real passion for learning to help companies save on their energy needs. It was a joy to see these young talented students apply their skills."
- Source: 11/19/2015
"We had a team from LUIAC visit our site to assess our energy consumption, our operations and brainstorm solutions for us to reduce energy use. The team was very friendly, professional, enthusiastic, and a pleasure to work with. We look forward to continue to work with the team over the next year."
- Source: 11/05/2015
"Everyone was very interested and thorough when looking into our process. We discussed many options to pursue in improving our energy savings. I was very impressed with their professionalism. All members of the team were very well informed and capable of making conservation suggestions. Many opportunities were presented, some of which could be implemented immediately and at low cost. Others will be considered longer-term improvements which will have an extended ROI. I look forward to working with the team and receiving their feedback."
- Source: 12/09/2015
"Energy assessment was very good and detailed. Assessors were knowledgeable. I have high hopes that when the AR's are completed it will help our company to be greener as well as the environment. Students and staff were very professional and informative. Information exchange was very fluid and valuable. It was a pleasure meeting the team and I look forward to working with them to implement the changes we have suggested. Very thorough and comprehensive analyses."
- Source: 12/03/2015
"Group contributed great feedback and ideas during the meeting. The lighting and compressors should help save significant money."
- Source: 01/29/2016
"Great presentation, can't wait till we can see follow up report and implement it."
- Source: 02/02/2016
" Thank you again for the visit. It really opened up our eyes to the inefficiencies of our equipment and building. I just talked to the compressor maintenance company and we are moving along with a schedule for repairing the leaks. After implementation: We are very proud of the changes we made and happy with cost savings and thank you for help. It was great learning experience. "
- Source: 02/09/2016
"Lehigh University personnel completed a through assessment of the plant's need. We will continue to try to implement their recommendations. "
- Source: 10/31/2016
"We cannot thank the Lehigh team enough for their thorough and kind support. The assessment will not only reduce our environmental footprint but also help our company achieve sustainable growth through implementation of new technologies and cost saving practices such as these recommendations"
- Source: Rayn McCullough, Mechanical Engineer, Chelsea Building Products, 01/12/2017
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Center Director Dr. Alparslan Oztekin
Email inluiac@lehigh.edu
Phone # +1 610-758-5742
Fax # +1 610-758-6224
Mailing Address Lehigh University, 356 Packard Laboratory
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Assistant Director Dr. Sudhakar Neti
Staff JoAnn Casciano
Staff Abhinay Soanker
Staff Greg Scott
Staff Nasser Vahedi
Lehigh University has trained 169 students
The following students have participated in IAC assessments with Lehigh University since 2003, when student name tracking began.
The 72 students (in BOLD) have also been awarded IAC student certificates for exceptional participation.

Aaron Thurlow
Abdullah Alsaeeri
Abdulmohsen Alsaiari
Abhinay Soanker
Adesoji Dairo
Alaa Hakim
Albert Woody
Aldo Mazzaferrp
Alec Entress
Alexandra Gordon
Ali Anqi
Ali Elmozughi
Ali F El Mozughi
Alok Morarka
Ananchai U-Kaew
Andrew Bassler
Andrew Bowden
Angela Iraldi
Arjun Singh
Bashar Attiya
Ben Latson
Benjamin Rosenzweig
Benjamin Rosezweig
Bhagyavati
Bhaskar Vempati
Brendan McGann
Brendan Sullivan
Brett Barber
Brian Perry
Brian Reardon
Brian Tong
Burak Ayantas
Chad David Kettering
Chenglong Wang
Chirs Mandeen
Chris Eshleman
Chris McHugh
Christopher Sevilla
Christopher Shages
Cindy Miller
Cintia Kotsubo
Colin Chen
Conor Forrester
Dan Kim
Daniel Bouniaev
Daniel Shea
Danny Choo
Daryl Strom
David Huxley-Cohen
Diane Lewis
Emily Sechrist
Eric Baran
Eric Junga
Eric Mangone
Erony Whyte
Esteban Barrios
Fernando Fontes
Gregory Scott
Hang Chen
Haolin Ma
Harry Paul
Huseyin C. Yalcin
Jacob Riglin
James McDermott
Jason Jo
Jeffrey Kasle
Jerard Gordon
Jesal Parekh
Jie Sheng
Jill Lazar
John Becht
John Briscoe
John Curry
Joseph Vitella
Josh H. Colistra
Joshua Charles
Joshua Kezele
Joshua Stephenson
Ju Hyeon Cho
Juan Dougherty
Jun Chen
Junda Zheng
Ka Wai Kwok
Kai Jin
Kaiyuan Peng
Kevin Gygrynuk
Kevin Jacobs
Kwami Senam Sedzro
Laura Solomon
Lauren Strella
Leland Licciardi
Lisa Kobayashi
Man Gao
Marcus Khoury
Matt Devlin
Matt Lippincott
Matthew E. Bruestle
Maurizio Mercurio
Max Miller
Mengchen Liang
Michael Lucini
Michael Yang
Michael Yanosik
Mohammed Alrehili
Nam Do
Nasser Vahedi
Nathan Scott
Nawaf Alkhamis
Neeraj Khosla
Nicholas Nadeau
Nicholas Oblas
Nik Krainchich
Nipun Goel
Noah Ongoro
Paul Miyashita
Peter Creciun
Qi Li
Qiaoqiao Wang
R. Scott Tripp
Randall W. Skuba
Raphael Mills
Rashidat Oyegunle
Ray Reinard
Robbie Babb
Robert Harrison
Rohan Kaushik
Ruolei Han
Ryan Butler
Samarth Desai
Sarah Conde
Sarah Korykora
Scott Larson
Sean Parrott
Seung-won Lee
Sevan Kocabay
Shawn Gutman
Siddharth Deshpande
Steven Geuther
Taurin Spalding
Tim Guider
Tim Guile
Tim Huber
Timothy Schutter
Tong Zhu
Tushar Khanna
Ugochukwu Mbakwe
Valentina Baio
Vinicius Aguiar
Wayland Washington
Wei Wei
Weihuan Zhao
Wen Xiong
Wenli Ouyang
William Bridger
William O'Sullivan
William Purvis
William Schleicher
Xi Wang
Xiangxinggyu Lin
Xingxing Liu
Yijun Yang
Yousef Jalali
Yuan Zhang
Yue Xiao
Yun Cao
Yuvraj Singh
Zachary P. Fricker
Zhipeng Xu
Zuoteng Chen

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