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Dr. Seamus O'Shaughnessy

Ussher Assistant Professor (Mechanical, Manuf & Biomedical Eng)

I am a Mechanical Engineer with over 13 years research experience in the field of fluid mechanics and heat transfer. I graduated with first class honours from the Dept. of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College Dublin in 2006 before pursuing a PhD, during which I studied a form of natural convection termed thermocapillary or Marangoni convection. I used a combination of analytical, numerical, experimental and computational techniques to validate my research findings, which have been published in several peer-reviewed journals. In 2010 I was appointed to the role of Research Fellow in TCD, and since then I have been working on a variety of research projects, many of which involve collaborations with industry partners on interdisciplinary topics, such as an investigation of novel methods of cooling biomedical grade polymers during machining processes. Since 2011, my main research focus has been on energy and sustainable international development. My research team is involved in a project in Malawi which aims to bring off-grid electricity to those in the developing world by using the waste heat produced during cooking. Termed the muPower TEG-Stove, this research is in its 8th year and growing. In September 2016 I began my role as Ussher Assistant Professor in Energy & Sustainable International Development. I am currently working towards establishing new international development energy-related projects in countries such as Benin and Tanzania. A key focus of my research is the thermal management of the batteries used in electric vehicles, which is investigated through the use of pulsed liquid flows and two-phase mechanisms of boiling and condensation.
  Applied thermodynamics and energy   BIOMASS ENERGY   Boundary Layer Control   Boundary Layers   Combined Heat and Power Systems   Composite materials   Computer aided engineering   Computer-Aided Engineering   Control Engineering   convective heat transfer   COOLING   Cooling of Manufacturing Processes   Design Engineering   Development economics   Direct Energy Conversion   Electric Powered Systems   Electromagnetism   Electronic circuit design   Electronic Cooling Techniques   Electronics Cooling   Emission   Energy and Climate Change   Energy Conservation   Energy Education   Energy from biomass (see Forestry also)   Energy from waste   Energy management system   Energy Materials Sciences   Energy/Environmental Studies--Developing Coun   Engineering Design   Environmental engineering   EVAPORATIVE COOLING   Flow Control   Fluid Dynamics   Fluid Mechanics   Fluid Physics   Fluid/Magnetohydrodynamic Physics   Fluids and Heat Transfer   Heat Transfer   Imaging, image processing   Industrial Engineering   Information technology in education   INFRARED, GENERAL   Innovation in learning   Integration of Renewable Energy Systems   Interfaces   International development   JET IMPINGEMENT HEAT TRANSFER   Laminar Flow   Magnetic Materials   Magnetohydrodynamic Generators   Magnetohydrodynamics   Manufacturing engineering   Materials Sciences   Materials technology, engineering   Materials, Physical Properties   Materials, Preparation/Fabrication   Materials, Structure and Phase   Mechanical Properties, Materials   Nanotechnology   Numerical Analysis   Optical materials   Photovoltaic Materials   Plastics   Polymers   Renewable energies   Renewable Energy Sources   Software Engineering   Solar   SOLAR ENERGY   Solar, Biomass Conversion   Solar, Photovoltaic Conversion   Solar, Thermoelectric Conversion   Solid/Liquid Interfaces   Solid/Solid Interfaces   Space technology   Surface and interface physics   Surfaces and Interfaces   Sustainable Development   Telecommunication Engineering   THERMAL ENERGY   Thermal Engineering   Thermodynamics   Thermodynamics Engineering   Thermoelectric Generators   Thermoelectricity   THERMOELECTRIC-POWER   Thermosciences Engineering   TRANSIENT AND UNSTEADY HEAT TRANSFER   Two-phase Flow and Heat Transfer   Virtual learning environments   WATER-IMMERSION COOLING
 Additive Manufacturing of Integrated Electronics Heat Sinks
 SolarCool - Passive Cooling of Solar Panels for Increased Efficiency
 TEMPER - Thermally Energised Magnetic Pump for Energy Recovery
 Novel Thermoelectric Generators
 A Novel Method to Thermally Regulate High-powered Microscopes

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AMBER Funded Investigator 2020 ongoing
Member of Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI) 2018 ongoing
Murphy, P., Persoons, T. O'Shaughnessy, S.M., Murray D.B., A comparison of postprocessing methods for hot film sensors for the heat transfer analysis of impinging jet flows , EUROTHERM 2020, Lisbon, Portugal , 6-10 September, 2020, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Williams N. P., Roumen L., McCauley G., O'Shaughnessy S. M., Performance evaluation of thermoelectric generators under cyclic heating , EUROTHERM 2020 , Lisbon, Portugal , 6-10 September, 2020, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Kumavat P., Murray D.B., O'Shaughnessy S. M., Experimental Investigation of Heat Transfer Enhancement by Pulsating Flow in a Minichannel , EUROTHERM 2020 , Lisbon, Portugal , 6-10 September, 2020, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Dowling L., Kennedy J., O'Shaughnessy S., Trimble D., A review of critical repeatability and reproducibility issues in powder bed fusion, Materials and Design, 186, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kumavat P., Murray D.B., O'Shaughnessy S., Experimental Study of Heat Transfer Enhancement by Pulsating Flow in a Rectangular Minichannel , 14th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (HEFAT) , Wicklow, Ireland , 2019, 2019, pp683-688 -, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
McSweeney E., Trimble D., O'Shaughnessy S., The Deleterious Effect of Thermal Cycling on Thermoelectric Generators , 14th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics , Wicklow, Ireland , 2019, 2019, pp1399-1404 -, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Kumavat P., Blythman R., Murray D.B., O'Shaughnessy S. M., Study Of Heat Transfer Enhancement By Pulsating Flow In A Rectangular Mini Channel , 16th UK Heat Transfer Conference (UKHTC) , Nottingham, UK , 8-10 September, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Merienne, R., Lynn, J., McSweeney, E., O'Shaughnessy, S.M., Thermal cycling of thermoelectric generators: The effect of heating rate, Applied Energy, 2019, p671-681 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
M.J. Gibbons, G. Saccone, S.M. O'Shaughnessy, A.J. Robinson, P. Di Marco , Local convective heat flux to evaporating water droplets in micro-g to 2-g, 13th International Conference on Two-Phase Systems for Space and Ground Applications, Xi'an, China , October 15th-19th, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
O'Shaughnessy,S.M., Mooney, A., Yates, S.G., Murray, D.B., Natural convection from a triangular array of isothermal horizontal cylinders - a combined experimental and numerical investigation, 16th International Heat Transfer Conference (IHTC-16), Beijing, China, 10 - 15 August, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED

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RTE News, Head over heels: Studying water in zero gravity, 2018, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Irish Independent, Irish scientists among elite team to fly in 'Vomit Comet', 2018, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Engineers Ireland, TCD/Irish Aid project looking to shine some light in the developing world, 2015, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Irish times, Irish invention is giving people in Malawi the power they need, 2015, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
BBC World News, This is how to charge your phone with a mud oven, 2015, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Sunday Business Post, TCD generator brings electricity to Malawi's poor, 2013, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Seamus M O'Shaughnessy, Off Grid Electricity for the Developing World, TCD Research Showcase 2011, Trinity College Dublin, 2011, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Seamus M O'Shaughnessy, Anthony Robinson, Bubble Induced Marangoni Convection, Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2008, Poster, PUBLISHED


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TCD Research Excellence Award (Nominee) 2020
Knowledge Transfer Ireland - Award Shortlist Nominee (Consultancy Category) 2019
Irish Research Council & Intel Corporation Postdoctoral Enterprise Partnership Scholarship 2011
1st Prize, Poster Presentation, Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium, University of Limerick 2008
Irish Research Council (formerly IRCSET) Embark Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2006
I am particularly interested in the the development of sustainable and renewable energy processes for international development and I am currently involved in several projects in this area, including but not limited to Photo-voltaic, Thermoelectric, and Heat Pump technologies. I also have much experience in thermal management of electronics using single and two-phase flows, as well as passive and forced convective methods, and my current projects in this field focus on battery thermal management for electric vehicles, dual jet cooling and enhanced heat transfer using pulsed flow. My research spans the following areas: Renewable energy, Sustainable development, Fluid mechanics, Heat transfer, Electric vehicles, Thermo-electricity, Thermo-capillary flows, Thermal interface materials, Boiling, Bubble dynamics, Two-phase flows, Peltier cooling, Electronics cooling, Heat transfer in manufacturing, Human power devices, Solar power for off-grid development, Human centred design