Research Overview

The activities of our group are in the broad area of heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. Our focus is on technologies for desalination of seawater and brackish water, remediation of various waste waters, and recycling of water, with increased energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact as core objectives. This work includes thermodynamic cycle analysis, transport processes in components, solar-energy driven systems, and both thermal and membrane separations.

Past activities in our lab have included thermal management of electronics, high heat flux engineering, thermal stress and deformation, thermal manufacturing processes, liquid jet impingement cooling, instrumentation, thermally stratified turbulent flow, and thermally driven instabilities. Descriptions of some of these projects and publications are given in the links on the right.

Selected Publications

2015 Journal Papers

D.M. Warsinger, K.H. Mistry, K.G. Nayar, H.W. Chung, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Entropy Generation of Desalination Powered by Variable Temperature Waste Heat,” Entropy, 17:7530-7566, 30 Oct. 2015. (doi link) (pdf)

H.W. Chung, J. Swaminathan, D.E.M. Warsinger, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Multistage vacuum membrane distillation (MSVMD) systems at high salinity,” J. Membrane Sci., online 15 Sept. 2015, 497:128–141, 1 Jan. 2016. (free download) (doi link)

Y. Roy, M.H. Sharqawy, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Modeling of Flat-Sheet and Spiral-Wound Nanofiltration Configurations and Its Application in Seawater Nanofiltration,” J. Membrane Sci., online 24 June 2015, 493:630-642, 1 Nov. 2015. (doi link)

A.M. Weiner, R.K. McGovern, and J.H. Lienhard V, “A new reverse electrodialysis design strategy which significantly reduces the levelized cost of electricity,” J. Membrane Sci., online 6 June 2015, 493:605–614, 1 Nov. 2015. (doi link)

D.E.M. Warsinger, J. Swaminathan, L. Maswadeh, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Superhydrophobic Condenser Surfaces for Air Gap Membrane Distillation,” J. Membrane Sci., online 10 June 2015, 492:578–587, 15 Oct. 2015. (doi link)

M.I. Hassan, A.T. Brimmo, J. Swaminathan, J.H. Lienhard V, H.A. Arafat, “A New Vacuum Membrane Distillation System Using an Aspirator: Concept Modeling and Optimization,” Desalination and Water Treatment, online 18 June 2015. (doi link)

A.M. Weiner, R.K. McGovern, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Increasing the power density and reducing the levelized cost of electricity of a reverse electrodialysis stack through blending,” J. Membrane Sci., online 16 May 2015, 369:140-148, 3 August 2015. (doi link)

K.M. Chehayeb, G.P. Narayan, S.M. Zubair, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Thermodynamic balancing of a fixed-size two-stage humidification dehumidification desalination system,” Desalination, 369:125-139, 3 August 2015; online 16 May 2015. (doi link)

G.P. Thiel, E.W. Tow, L.D. Banchik, H.W. Chung, J.H. Lienhard V, “Energy consumption in desalinating produced water from shale oil and gas extraction,” Desalination, 366:94-112, 15 June 2015; online 15 January 2015. (doi link)

E.W. Tow, R.K. McGovern, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Raising forward osmosis brine concentration efficiency through flow rate optimization,” Desalination, 366:71-79, 15 June 2015; online 13 November 2014. (doi link)

G.P. Thiel, S.M. Zubair, and J.H. Lienhard V, “An analysis of likely scalants in the treatment of produced water from Nova Scotia,” Heat Transfer Engineering, 36(7-8):652-662, 2015. (doi link)

M. Sievers and J.H. Lienhard V, “Design of Plate-Fin Tube Dehumidifiers for Humidification-Dehumidification Desalination Systems,” Heat Transfer Engineering, 36(3):223-243, 11 February 2015. (doi link)

D.E.M. Warsinger, J. Swaminathan, E. Guillen, H.A. Arafat, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Scaling and Fouling In Membrane Distillation for Desalination Applications: A Review,” Desalination, 356:294-313, 15 January 2015. (doi link)

Selected Earlier Publications
For complete publications list, 2010-present, click here.

E.W. Tow and J.H. Lienhard V, “Heat transfer to a horizontal cylinder in a shallow bubble column,” Intl. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 79:353-361, Dec. 2014. (doi link)

K.G. Nayar, D. Panchanathan, G.H. McKinley, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Surface tension of seawater,” J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data, 43(4):43103, Nov. 2014. (doi link)

R.K. McGovern and J.H. Lienhard V, “On the potential of forward osmosis to energetically outperform reverse osmosis desalination,” J. Membrane Sci., 469:245-250, 1 Nov. 2014. (doi link)

L.D. Banchik, M.H. Sharqawy, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Limits of Power Production Due to Finite Membrane Area in Pressure Retarded Osmosis,” J. Membrane Sci., 468:81-89, 15 October 2014. (doi link)

R.K. McGovern, S.M. Zubair, and J.H. Lienhard, “The cost effectiveness of electrodialysis for diverse salinity applications,” Desalination, 348:57-65, Sept. 2014. (doi link)

E.W. Tow and J.H. Lienhard V, “Experiments and Modeling of Bubble Column Dehumidifier Performance,” Intl. J. Thermal Sciences, 80:65-75, June 2014. (doi link)

L.D. Banchik, M.H. Sharqawy, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Effectiveness-Mass Transfer Units (ε–MTU) Model of an Ideal Reverse Osmosis Membrane Mass Exchanger,” J. Membrane Science, 458:189-198, 15 May 2014. (doi link)

D. Cohen-Tanugi, R.K. McGovern, S. Dave, J.H. Lienhard V, and J.C. Grossman, “Quantifying the Potential of Ultra-permeable Desalination Membranes,” Energy Environ. Sci., 7(3):1134-1141, Feb. 2014. (doi link)

M.H. Sharqawy, L.D. Banchik, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Effectiveness-Mass Transfer Units (ε–MTU) Model of an Ideal Pressure Retarded Osmosis Membrane Mass Exchanger,” Journal of Membrane Science, 445:211-219, 15 October 2013. (doi link)

K. Mistry, H.A. Hunter, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Effect of composition and nonideal solution behavior on desalination calculations for mixed electrolyte solutions with comparison to seawater,” Desalination, 318:34-47, June 2013. (doi link)

K. Mistry and J.H. Lienhard V, “Generalized least energy of separation for desalination and other chemical separation processes,” Entropy, 15(6):2046-2080, May 2013. (pdf) (doi link)

G.P. Narayan, M.H. Sharqawy, S. Lam, S.K. Das, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Bubble Columns for Condensation at High Concentrations of Non-condensable Gas: Heat Transfer Model and Experiments,” AIChE Journal, 59(5):1780–1790, May 2013. (doi link)

G.P. Narayan, M.S. St. John, S.M. Zubair, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Thermal design of the humidification dehumidification desalination system: an experimental investigation,” Intl. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 58:740-748, March 2013. (doi link)

G.P. Narayan, K.M. Chehayeb, R.K. McGovern, G.P. Thiel, S.M. Zubair, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Thermodynamic balancing of the humidification dehumidification desalination system by mass extraction and injection,” Intl. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 57(2):756-770, Feb. 2013 (doi link)

R.K. McGovern, G.P. Thiel, G.P. Narayan, S.M. Zubair, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Performance Limits of Single and Dual Stage Humidification Dehumidification Desalination Systems,” Applied Energy, 102:1081-1090, Feb. 2013. (doi link)

A.K. Plappally and J.H. Lienhard V, “Energy Requirements for Water Production, Treatment, End Use, Reclamation, and Discharge,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16(7):4818-4848, Sept. 2012. (doi link)

G.P. Thiel and J.H. Lienhard V, “Entropy generation in condensation in the presence of high concentrations of noncondensable gases,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 55:5133–5147, Sept. 2012. (doi link)

J.H. Lienhard V, A. Bilton, M.A. Antar, G. Zaragoza, and J. Blanco, “Solar Desalination,” in Annual Review of Heat Transfer, Vol. 15. New York: Begell House, Inc., 2012. (pdf)

E.K. Summers, H.A. Arafat, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Energy efficiency comparison of single stage membrane distillation (MD) desalination cycles in different configurations,” Desalination, 290:54-66, Feb. 2012. (doi link)

R. Saffarini, E.K. Summers, H.A. Arafat, J.H. Lienhard V, “Technical evaluation of stand-alone solar-powered membrane distillation systems,” Desalination, 286:332–341, Jan. 2012. (doi link)

K.H. Mistry, R.K. McGovern, G.P. Thiel, E.K. Summers, S.M. Zubair, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Entropy generation analysis of desalination technologies,” Entropy, 13(10):1829-1864, Sept. 2011 (pdf). Received Best Paper Award

M.H. Sharqawy, J.H. Lienhard V, and S.M. Zubair, “On Exergy Calculations for Seawater with Application to Desalination Systems,” Intl. J. Thermal Sciences, 50(2), Feb. 2011, pp.187-196. (doi link)

J.H. Lienhard IV and J.H. Lienhard V, A Heat Transfer Textbook, 4th ed. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2011. (download)

K.H. Mistry, J.H. Lienhard V, and S.M. Zubair, “Effect of Entropy Generation on the Performance of Humidification-Dehumidification Desalination Cycles,” Intl. J. Thermal Sciences, 49(9), Sept. 2010, pp. 1837-1847. (doi link) (pdf)

G.P. Narayan, K.H. Mistry, M.H. Sharqawy, S.M. Zubair, J.H. Lienhard V, “Energy Effectiveness of Simultaneous Heat and Mass Exchange Devices,” Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer, 1(2), Aug. 2010, pp. 1-13. (doi link)

G.P. Narayan, M.H. Sharqawy, J.H. Lienhard V, and S.M. Zubair, “Thermodynamic analysis of humidification-dehumidification desalination cycles,” Desalination and Water Treatment, 16:339-353, April 2010.(pdf)

G.P. Narayan, M.H. Sharqawy, E.K. Summers, J.H. Lienhard V, S.M. Zubair, and M.A. Antar, “The potential of solar-driven humidification-dehumidification desalination for small-scale decentralized water production,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 14(4):1187-1201, May 2010. (doi link)

M.H. Sharqawy, J.H. Lienhard V, and S.M. Zubair, “The thermophysical properties of seawater: A review of existing correlations and data,” Desalination and Water Treatment, 16:354-380, April 2010. (pdf)

T.G. Beckwith, R.D. Marangoni, and J.H. Lienhard V, Mechanical Measurements, 6th edition. Pearson: 2007. URL

A.E. Bergles, J.H. Lienhard V, G.E. Kendall, and P. Griffith, “Boiling and Evaporation in Small Diameter Channels,” Heat Transfer Engineering, 24(1):18-40, 2003. (PDF file)

M. Sweetland and J.H. Lienhard V, “Evaporative Cooling of Continuously Drawn Fibers by Water Sprays,” Intl. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 43:777-790, 2000. (PDF file)

A.C. Pfahnl, J.H. Lienhard V, and D.J. Watson, “Method and Apparatus for Temperature Control of Semiconductor Electrical-Test Contactor Assembly,” U.S. Patent #6091062, 18 July 2000.

C.H. Oh, J.H. Lienhard V, H.F. Younis, R.S. Dahbura, and D. Michels, “Liquid Jet-Array Cooling Modules for High Heat Fluxes,” AIChE Journal, 44(4):769-779, 1998. (PDF file)

J.H. Lienhard V, “Liquid Jet Impingement,” Annual Review of Heat Transfer, C.L.Tien, ed., Vol.6, Chpt.4. New York: Begell House, 1995, pp.199-270. (pdf)

S.K. Bhunia and J.H. Lienhard V, “Splattering during Turbulent Liquid Jet Impingement on Solid Targets,” J. Fluids Engineering, 116(2):338-344, 1994. (PDF)

L.A. Gabour and J.H. Lienhard V, “Wall Roughness Effects on Stagnation-Point Heat Transfer Beneath an Impinging Liquid Jet,” J. Heat Transfer, 116(1):81-87, 1994. (PDF file)

X. Liu and J.H. Lienhard V, “The Hydraulic Jump in Circular Liquid Jet Impingement and in Other Thin Films,” Expts. Fluids, 15:108-116, 1993. (PDF file)

X. Liu, L.A. Gabour, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Stagnation Point Heat Transfer During Liquid Jet Impingement: Analysis with Surface Tension,” J. Heat Transfer, 115(1):99-105, 1993. (PDF file)

X. Liu, J.H. Lienhard V, and J.S. Lombara, “Convective Heat Transfer by Impingement of Circular Liquid Jets,” J. Heat Transfer, 113(3):571-582, 1991. (PDF file)

J.H. Lienhard V and C.W. Van Atta, “The decay of turbulence in thermally stratified flow,” J. Fluid Mechanics, 210:57-112, Jan. 1990. (PDF file)

J.H. Lienhard V, “An improved approach to conductive boundary conditions for the Rayleigh-Benard instability,” J. Heat Transfer, 109(2):378-387, 1987. (PDF file)

I. Catton and J.H. Lienhard V, “Thermal stability of two fluid layers separated by a solid interlayer of finite thickness and thermal conductivity,” Journal of Heat Transfer, 106(1):13-17, 1984.