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Mechanical & Materials Engineering



Kevin D. Cole
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Kevin Cole

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Kevin Cole

Education

  • Ph.D., 1986 Michigan State University
  • M.S., 1979 University of Minnesota
  • B.S., 1977 Iowa State University

Research Interests

  • Analytical Methods via Internet
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Fluid-flow Sensors
  • Inverse Problems

Curriculum Vitae

Education


  • Ph.D., 1986 Michigan State University
  • M.S., 1979 University of Minnesota
  • B.S., 1977 Iowa State University

Dr. Cole has developed a laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study hot-film sensors, thermal properties of solids, and fluid flow in biomedical devices. He has conducted research for Sandia National Laboratories, NASA, the Army Research Office, and the National Science Foundation, as well as for private industry. He is co-author of a reference book on heat conduction and maintains a website called the Green's Function Library. He is leading a team developing the ExACT Analytical Conduction Toolbox funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Cole advises the UNL Aerospace Club whose student members build airplanes, rockets, and robots for national and international competitions. Dr. Cole is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and is a registered professional engineer.

Research Interests


Analytical Methods via Internet
Objective: to develop analytical solutions to engineering problems with advanced mathematical tools, and to promote these techniques on the internet. The Green's Function Library (www.greensfunction.unl.edu) is a resource for engineers, scientists, mathematicians, geologists, or anyone working with linear differential equations of the diffusion type. The ExACT Analytical Conduction Toolbox (exact.unl.edu) is a collection of exact solutions cataloged by a unique numbering system and packaged with verified computational algorithms and high-precision numerical values, to make them accessible for present-day engineering applications.

Biomedical Devices
Objective: develop replacement heart valves designed for infants with profound birth defects, by laboratory studies and computational simulations.

Fluid-flow Sensors
Objective: develop fluid-flow sensors based on thermal measurements. Recently this work was extended to thermal effects in microchannels, with application in electronic cooling and in lab-on-a-chip testing devices.

Inverse Problems
Objective: to determine optimal methods to measure thermal properties and gas-diffusion properties, and to analyze experimental data with statistical methods to extract the maximum possible information.

Selected Publications


Book:
  • Cole, K. D., Beck, J. V., Haji-Sheikh, A., and Litkouhi, B., "Heat Conduction Using Green's Functions," 2nd edition, Taylor and Francis, New York, 2011.
Recent Journal Papers:
  • Tian, T., and Cole, K. D., “Anisotropic Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Carbon-fiber/epoxy Composites, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 55 pp. 6530 – 6537, 2012.
  • Cole, K. D., and Cetin, B., The Effect of Axial Conduction on Heat Transfer in a Liquid Microchannel Flow, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 54, pp. 2542-2549, 2011.
  • Cole, K. D., “Steady-periodic Heating in Parallel-plate Microchannel Flow with Participating Walls”, International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 53, pp. 870 – 878, 2010.
  • Cole, K. D., Tarawneh, C. M., Fuentes, A., Wilson, B. M., and, Navarro, L., "Thermal Models of Railroad Wheels and Bearings", International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 53, pp. 1636 – 1645, 2010.
  • Haji-Sheikh, A., Beck, J. V., and Cole, K. D., "Steady-state Green’s Function Solution in Moving Media with Axial Conduction", International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 53, no. 13, pp. 2583-2592, 2010.
  • Cole, K. D., Tarawneh, C. M., and Wilson, B., "Analysis of Flux-Based Fins for Estimation of Heat Transfer Coefficient", International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 52, pp. 92 - 99, 2009.
  • Cole, K. D., and Crittenden, P. E. "Steady-periodic heating of a cylinder", J. Heat Transfer, vol. 131, p. 091301, 2009.
  • Beck, J. V, Wright, N., Haji-Sheikh, A., Cole, K. D., and Amos, D., Conduction in rectangular plates with boundary temperatures specified, International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 51, pp. 4676 - 4690, 2008.
  • Cole, K. D., "Flush-mounted Steady-periodic Heated Film with Application to Shear-stress Measurement", Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 130, no. 11, p. 111601, 2008.
  • Tarawneh, C., Cole, K. D., Wilson, B. M. and Alnaimat, F., "Experiments and Models for Thermal Response of Railroad Tapered Roller Bearings", Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 51, pp. 5794 - 5803, 2008.
  • Beck, J. V, and Cole, K. D. "Improving Convergence of Summations in Heat Conduction", International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 50, pp. 257 - 268, 2007.
  • Cole, K. D., "Steady-periodic Green's Functions and Thermal-measurement Applications in Rectangular Coordinates," Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 128, no. 7, pp. 709 - 716, 2006.
  • Crittenden, P. E. and Cole, K. D., "Design of Experiments for Thermal Characterization of Metallic Foams," AIAA J. of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 367-374, 2005.
  • Cole, K. D., "Computer Programs for Temperature in Fins and Slab Bodies with the Method of Green's Functions", Computer Applications in Engineering Education, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 189-197, 2004.