Dr. Valérie Eveloy
Dr. Valérie Eveloy Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Valerie Eveloy holds a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering (Dublin City University, Ireland) and a M.Sc. degree in physical engineering (National Institute of Applied Science, France). She has over twenty 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.

She has led as principal investigator sponsored research projects focusing on the sustainability enhancement of energy, water and environmental systems, including for energy-intensive industrial processes. Specific topics include multi-generation, solid oxide cell systems, power-to-gas, district cooling, liquefied natural gas exergy recovery, heat exchanger optimization, and computational fluid dynamics analysis of electronic systems, fuel cells, and atmospheric hazardous gas dispersion. She has actively published in premier international journals in these areas, and co-edited several international energy conference proceedings.

She is currently serving as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Energy Research and Topic Editor for international energy journal special issues.  She is a member of several international conference program committees focused on energy technologies and electronics thermal management, and has organized/chaired numerous sessions in these areas at international conferences. She has received several research awards, including the Academic of Distinction Leadership Excellence for Women Award (LEWA) recognizing professional excellence in women in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regional energy sector in 2017. Dr. Eveloy is a member of ASME.

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Dublin City University, Ireland (2003)
  • MSc, Physical Engineering, National Institute of Applied Science, France (1994)
  • MEEN 240 Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 335 Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEN 343 Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 410 Viscous and Boundary Layer Flows
  • MEEN 454 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Cryogenics
  • MEEN 441 Applied Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 486 Sustainable Energy
  • MEEN 497/498 Mechanical Engineering Design I/II
  • MEEN 603 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 607 Sustainable Energy
  • MEEN 613 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 614 Advanced Energy Conversion
  • MEEN 742 Advanced Convection Heat Transfer

Advisor to the following MSc student:

  • Wasiq Ahmed (Advisor) 

Research Thrusts

  • Energy and the Environment
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermal sciences

Research Topics

  • Energy, exergy, economic and environmental modeling/optimization of energy systems
  • Sustainability enhancement of energy systems
  • Waste energy utilization and multi-generation for energy-intensive industrial facilities
  • Power-to-gas for energy storage and low-carbon energy vectors
  • District cooling systems
  • Liquefied natural gas (LNG) waste exergy recovery
  • 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
  • Thermal management of solar photovoltaics in harsh climatic conditions

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.