Raymond Laoulache, PhD
Associate Dean / Professor
|1987||Brown University||PhD in Mechanical Engineering|
|1983||Northeastern University||MS in Mechanical Engineering|
|1980||Northeastern University||BS in Mechanical Engineering|
The fundamental concepts and basic principles of classical thermodynamics. The Zeroth, First and Second laws of thermodynamics are formulated with recourse to empirical observations and then expressed in precise mathematical language. These laws are applied to a wide range of engineering problems. The properties of pure substances are described using equations of state and surfaces of state. Reversible processes in gases are analyzed by means of the First and Second laws. A representative sampling of engineering applications is discussed and analyzed.
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Renewable Energy
Dr. Raymond N. Laoulache joined UMass Dartmouth in 1988. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1987, MS and BS from Northeastern University in 1983 and 1980, respectively. His doctoral work was on the simulation of geothermal flows under laboratory conditions. His MS thesis was on the design and numerical simulation of a solar collector as a generator for a Lithium-Bromide heating and cooling system.
Dr. Laoulache served as the ASME Faculty Advisor from 1990 until 1999. Under his supervision, students members of ASME embarked on two major national design competitions, the Mini-Baja Midwest Contest sponsored by SAE, and the Solar Splash sponsored by the Solar Division of ASME, and won several awards, most notably the Solar Splash World Championship won by the UMass Dartmouth ASME/IEEE chapters in 1997. At the national level, Dr. Laoulache was the Representative of ASME Region I Senior Student Section Committee for all ASME Student Chapters in New England & part of Canada.
Dr. Laoulache has industrial and teaching experience since 1977. He practiced engineering between 1977 & 1980. In 1987, he was a post doctoral recipient at the lightwave fiber optics laboratory at Brown University. He conducted extensive experiments on preform doping with rare earth elements using the Modified Vapor Deposition Process.
In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Laoulache serves as consultant to the industry. His consulting work includes studies on electronic packaging, materials adhesion, impact measurements of steam valves, high-pressure and low-pressure steam turbines, heat exchangers, closed-loop nonlinear controllers, compressible flow of high-speed, high-pressure gases in blowdown facilities, and pollution control.
Dr. Laoulache's research interests are in computational fluid dynamics & renewable energy. His current research is in the area of modeling hydrokinetic crossflow turbines. In addition, Dr. Laoulache is the author of Advanced Engineering Mathematics: Applications Guide, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.