Sunil S. Mehendale

Sunil S. Mehendale


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Assistant Professor, School of Technology

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland-College Park
  • MTech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Bombay, India


Sunil Mehendale is an Assistant Professor in the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University.  Prior to joining Michigan Tech as a faculty member, he worked for Carrier Corporation, Syracuse, NY as a Staff Engineer and Scientist in the Heat Transfer Technology and Components group.  There, he was responsible for developing and implementing advanced heat exchanger technologies as well as state-of-the-art design and simulation tools in the areas of energy efficiency, heat transfer, and fluid flow.  Before Carrier, he worked for seven years at Delphi Thermal Systems, Lockport, NY, where he was engaged in the research, design, and development of advanced energy-efficient heat exchangers, primarily evaporators for automotive climate control systems.  Before joining Delphi, Dr. Mehendale worked as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he designed and developed micro-scale heat exchangers intended for US military personnel in a project sponsored by DARPA, US Department of Defense.

Dr. Mehendale’s area of teaching and research interest and expertise is primarily in the thermal-fluids sciences, with emphasis on the design and optimization of high-efficiency energy conversion systems and heat exchangers, boiling and condensing flows, and two-phase flow distribution in heat exchangers, as well as alternate energy resources / technologies such as solar energy, wind energy, fuel cells, and biofuels.

Dr. Mehendale is a member of ASME, ASEE, and ASHRAE.  He also serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, International Journal of Refrigeration, ASME’s Journal of Heat Transfer, and ASME’s Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications.

Research Interests

  • Phase change applications
  • Boiling and condensing flows
  • Two-phase flow distribution in heat exchangers
  • Novel heat exchanger technology
  • Heat exchanger modeling and optimization
  • Novel thermodynamic cycles for cooling, heating, and power
  • Alternative energy technology (solar, wind, biofuels, and others)
  • High-efficiency HVAC and refrigeration systems

Teaching Interests

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat transfer
  • Alternative energy
  • Air-conditioning and refrigeration
  • Dynamics

Recent Publications

  • Refereed Journal Articles:
  • Zhang, Z., S. Mehendale, J. Tian, and Y. Li. April 2017. Experimental investigation of two-phase flow distribution in plate-fin heat exchangers Chemical Engineering Research and Design , Volume 120 , 34 - 46, Read More
  • Zhang, Z., S. Mehendale, J. Tian, and Y. Li. 2015. Fluid Flow Distribution and Heat Transfer in Plate-Fin Heat Exchangers. Heat Transfer Engineering, 36:9, 806-819, DOI:10.1080/01457632.2015.963411.
  • Zhang, Z., S. Mehendale, J. Tian, and Y. Li. 2015. Experimental Investigation of Distributor Configuration on Flow Maldistribution in Plate-fin Heat Exchangers. Applied Thermal Engineering, 85, 111-123, DOI:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.04.011.
  • Kim, M.H., S.Y. Lee, S.S. Mehendale, and R.L. Webb. 2003. Microchannel Heat Exchanger Design for Evaporator and Condenser Applications. Advances in Heat Transfer, Volume 37, pp. 297-429.
  • Mehendale, S.S., A.M. Jacobi, and R.K. Shah. 2000. Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer at Micro- and Meso- Scales with Application to Heat Exchanger Design. ASME Applied Mechanics Reviews, 2000, Volume 53, No. 7, pp. 175-193.
  • Mehendale, S.S. and R. Radermacher. 2000. Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Annular Film Flow Reversal in a Vertical Pipe: Application to Oil Return in Refrigeration Systems. International Journal of HVAC and R Research, 2000, Volume 6, Number 1, pp. 55-74.
  • Burton, C.M., A.M. Jacobi, and S.S. Mehendale. 1999. Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium for R-32 and R-410A Mixed with a Polyol Ester: Non-Ideality and Local Composition Modeling. International Journal of Refrigeration, 1999, Volume 22, No. 6, pp. 458-471.

Recent Funding

  • Mehendale, Sunil (PI), REF-FY16 Food-Waste Based Anaerobic Digesters for Sustainability, $25,080
  • Mehendale, Sunil, MTF-C2E2 Gift, $3,450