Dr. Valérie Eveloy
Dr. Valérie Eveloy Associate Professor
Bio
Education
Teaching Areas
Research Interests
Bio

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Valerie Eveloy holds a PhD degree in mechanical engineering (Dublin City University, Ireland) and a MSc degree in physical engineering (National Institute of Applied Science, France). She has over twenty five years academic and industrial experience in mechanical and energy engineering.

Prior to joining Khalifa University, she was with The Petroleum Institute (now part of Khalifa University), the University of Maryland-College Park, USA, and Nokia Research Center, Finland. Her current research interests include energy system modeling and optimization, energy recovery, multi-generation, hydrogen and other energy vectors from renewable power, sustainable cooling, and computational fluid dynamics.

Dr. Eveloy is an editorial board member of Energy Conversion and Management and the International Journal of Thermofluids, and associate editor of Frontiers in Energy Research. She also serves on several international conference program committees focused on energy technologies and electronics thermal management. She has received several research awards including the Academic of Distinction Leadership Excellence for Women Award recognizing professional excellence in women in the Gulf regional energy sector in 2017.

Education
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Dublin City University, Ireland 
  • MSc, Physical Engineering, National Institute of Applied Science, France
Teaching Areas
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Viscous and Boundary Layer Flows
  •  Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Cryogenics
  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Mechanical Engineering Design I/II
  • Advanced Thermodynamics
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Advanced Heat Transfer
  • Advanced Energy Conversion
  • Advanced Convection Heat Transfer
Research Interests

Research Thrusts

  • Energy and the Environment
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermal sciences

Research Topics

  • Energy system modeling, optimization, and sustainability enhancement
  • Waste energy utilization and multi-generation
  • Power-to-gas
  • District cooling
  • Internal methane reforming solid oxide fuel cell-based systems
  • Hazardous gas atmospheric dispersion in hydrocarbon production fields
  • Thermally-enhanced polymeric composite heat exchanger design and optimization

Recent Research Projects

  • “Development, Evaluation and Optimization of Sustainable Power-to-gas Schemes for Energy-intensive Industrial Metal Manufacturing Processes” (Sponsor: KU/CIRA, Principal Investigator)

This project focuses on the design and thermodynamic, economic and life cycle assessment of low-carbon metal production processes, integrated with power-to-gas technology to substitute conventional fossil feedstock and heating fuels.

  • “High Efficiency On-site Power Generation in Oil and Gas Facilities” (Sponsor: Petroleum Institute Research Center (PIRC), Principal Investigator)

Multi-generation schemes were investigated to improve the sustainability of power, fresh water, and process/space cooling provision in energy-intensive facilities and regional/urban energy systems in hot and arid climates, such as in the UAE.  Both mature technology that is currently not or not widely deployed in the region, and technologies in development were evaluated. 

  • “Environmental Gas Dispersion Modeling” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), co-Principal Investigator)

In this project, an environmental gas dispersion modeling framework was developed, implemented and validated to improve the prediction accuracy of atmospheric hazardous gas dispersion in sour gas production fields and processing facilities surrounded by complex terrain (in particular, desert terrain) and facility topologies, relative to industry-standard prediction models currently used in process industries.  The modeling framework is based on a proprietary computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based methodology and use of high-resolution digital terrain elevation data imported from geographical information systems (GIS). 

  • “Polymeric Composite Heat Exchangers for Natural Gas Processing” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), co-Principal Investigator)

The design, analysis and multi-objective (i.e., thermofluid/thermodynamic, economic) optimization of corrosion-resistant, geometry-flexible, thermally-enhanced composite polymeric heat exchangers was investigated experimentally and numerically to replace conventional metallic heat exchangers for corrosive gas-liquid natural gas processing applications.