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​Center for Magnetohydrodynamic Studies

Prof. Semion Sukoriansky
Liquid metal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flow phenomena. Heat transfer in liquid metal flows. Confinement materials corrosion in contact with liquid metals at high temperatures. Two-phase flows. Rotating MHD flows. Anisotropic MHD turbulence. Theoretical and experimental studies of common properties of turbulence in MHD flows and atmosphere. Application of obtained results to the atmospheric optics (with Optoelectronic unit of BGU)

Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids

Prof. Haim Kalman
Cooling Fins and Compact Heat Exchangers Performance and Optimization, Fatigue Characteristics and Attrition Design of Particulate Solids, Transport Phenomena During Particles Flow, Regime Map of Particles-Gas Flows, Developing of Standard Laboratory Equipment for Bulk Solids Characterization, Pneumatic Conveying, Segregation in Particulate Systems, Comminution ס Jet Mills and Grinders, Mechanochemical Approach

​Dynamic Behavior of Materials

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Prof. Eugene Zaretsky
High-pressure and high-temperature dynamic response of solids, Shock- and temperature-induced phase transitions, Mechanisms of high-speed plastic deformation.
Prof. Avi Levy
Upgrading and utilization of low-potential energy sources by absorption processes of refrigerants into liquid and solid  absorbents. Search for environmentally acceptable working fluids for the energy industry. Enhancement of heat and mass transfer in drying processes (experimental studies and mathematical and numerical modeling of heat and mass transfer in fluidized beds, spray dryers, and pneumatic dryers). Computer-based instrumentation.
Prof. Jacob Bortmen
Conditioned Based Maintenance (CBM) and Health Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS), High order finite elements: the hp-version and Fracture mechanics.

​Heat Transfer

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Prof. Gennady Ziskind
Natural convection over horizontal and vertical plates. Enhanced convection in a chimney. Induced ventilation in structures. Passive cooling of heat generating cylinders.
Phase-change -materials (PCM): Melting and solidification in spherical and cylindrical shells. PCM-based sinks with internal fins. Latent-heat-storage units utilized for temperature moderation in enclosed spaces.
Two-phase systems: Flow and heat transfer in water-air systems. Boiling of water over a vertical surface.
Direct contact crystallization.

​Impact Pendulum
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Prof. Gabi Ben-Dor & Dr. Oren
Energy absorbing structures. Energy absorbing materials. Protective structures. Material properties under dynamic loads. Structure response to short duration high loads. Load attenuation by material and structural means. Numerical simulation of structures response to short duration high loads. 

​Industrial Mechatronics and Robotics

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Prof. B. Sandler, Prof. V. Portman
Parallel kinematics machines. CIM related Robotics. Single- and Multi-Dimensional Micro Manipulators: Applications to Machine Tools Technology. 6-DOF accelerometers. Intellectual robots. Mobile robots. Numeralytics: Investigation of a Spatial Double Pendulum.

​Joint Israeli-Russian Laboratory for Energy Research

Prof. Herman Branover
Turbulence and Structures. Simulation of Atmospheric Turbulence by Magnetohydrodynamic. Turbulence in Liquid Metals. Helicity and Drag Reduction in Turbulent Flows. Various metallurgical applications of the rotating magnetic fields. Large Turbulent Structures and Catastrophic Phenomena in the Atmosphere. New Types of Centrifugal and Axial water-pumps.

NEMS/MEMS

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Dr. Assaf Ya'akobovitz
Development of nano/micro-electromechanical-systems (NEMS/MEMS) devices and investigation of related physical phenomena of electrostatically actuated miniaturized devices. Experimental characterization of nanomaterials, such as nano-wires and nanotubes.

Robotics

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Dr. Amir Shapira
Roboric dynamic
Prof. Gabi Ben-Dor & Dr. Oren Sadot
Steady, pseudo-steady and unsteady shock wave reflections. Hysteresis processes in the reflection of shock waves. Shock/blast wave interaction with and propagation in flexible and solid porous media. Shock/blast wave interaction with and propagation in granular media. Shock/blast wave interaction with and propagation in liquid foams. Shock/blast wave interaction with screens and perforated plates. Shock/blast wave interaction with structure components and materials. Shock wave induced Richtmyer-Meshkov instability (turbulent mixing). Shock wave induced Kelvine-Helmholtz instability. Shock wave attenuation techniques.

​Solid Mechanics Laboratory

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Prof. Gal deBotton
Transient Behavior of Composite Materials and Structures. The Effective Behavior of Nonlinear Sequentially Laminted Composites.
Prof. Tov Elperin
Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Formation of Aerosol and Gaseous Inhomogeneities in Industrial and Athmospheric Turbulent Flows; Theoretical, Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Gas-particles Flows over Bodies; Formation of Large-scale Semi-organized Structures in Turbulent Convection; Large-scale and Small-scale Dynamics of Turbulent Mixing and Turbulent-Non-Turbulent Interfaces; Investigation of Various Mechanisms of In-cloud Scavenging of Atmospheric Aerosol and Gaseous Pollutants; Development of Advanced Models of Atmospheric Boundary Layer.