Description of field of research:

Thermal meta-structure is an assembly of two or more materials with different thermal conductivities, designed to have extraordinary heat conduction performance, e.g. create an extremely high heat flux concentration, a thermal cloak, or an illusion. Such structures are used to harvest thermal energy, to protect electronics from overheating or to hide an object on a heat map. We have a numerical model paired with an optimisation algorithm, which enables design of such meta-structures for various objectives. The aim of the project is to test the framework in various scenarios and create designs with extreme performance.

Research Area

Civil Engineering

The project is computer-based, access to NCI high-performance computing facilities is provided.

Design of thermal meta-structures; implemented within a Matlab code.