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PhD Defense | Dynamic modeling and control of distributed heat transfer mechanisms: Application to a membrane distillation plant

Start Date: November 12, 2015
End Date: November 12, 2015

By Fadi Eleiwi, PhD Candidate of Professor Taous-Meriem Laleg-Kirati (KAUST)

The continuous increase in the world's populations requires huge demand on clean water for domestic, agriculture and industrial uses. In this regard, water desalination seems to be the solution for the water shortage problem in the world. However, desalination plants are mostly fossil fuel driven and need intensive amount of energy for operation beside their adverse impacts on the environment in term of gas emissions. Sustainable desalination such as membrane distillation (MD) plants appear to be the smart solution for producing fresh water and preserve the environment and energy by using sustainable renewable energy sources. Different control applications and supervision techniques would improve the performance and the efficiency of the MD process, however controlling the MD process requires comprehensive mathematical model for the distributed heat transfer mechanisms inside the process. In this dissertation, the distributed heat transfer mechanisms inside the MD process are addressed for dynamic mathematical modeling, and the production of the MD process is subject for different control strategies to manage the production level. Moreover, the trade-off of MD process production and energy consumption is considered for optimization. 

Biography: Fadi Eleiwi - received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Jordan and obtained his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from KAUST. Fadi pursued his PhD in Electrical Engineering, and his research interests include mathematical modeling, analysis of distributed heat transfer mechanisms and control of PDEs. Throughout his PhD, Fadi has co-invented two filed patents, published several quality articles and has participated in several international conferences. 

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Date: Thursday 12th November 2015
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Building 4 Level 5 Room 5209