Professor Fowler is working on the heat exchanger optimization project in collaboration with his old advisor Adrian Bejan of Duke University. In this project the geometry of fin type heat exchangers is being optimized so that maximum heat transfer per unit volume of heat exchanger is achieved. This is a computational and experimental project.
The applications for this work are in the area of cooling of electronic components. As the components become smaller and smaller they become harder to cool. The solution to inadequate cooling in the past has always been to build a bigger heat exchanger, but since consumers demand smaller electronic devices this solution is impractical n the electronics industry. Instead it becomes important to achieve as much cooling as possible in a limited space.