Dr Iman Ashtiani Abdi

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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)

Iman Ashtiani Abdi obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2006 from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Azad University – Science and Research Branch, Iran, and master’s degree in 2011 from the Aerospace Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He obtained his PhD from the School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering, the University of Queensland in 2011, where his research focus was investigating the flow behaviour within porous media, with applications in heat exchangers and filters. Iman gained an extensive experience in experimental fluid mechanic measurement and visualisation using different techniques such as tomographic PIV, PDPA, LDA, and LIF during his PhD studies, and developed a comprehensive knowledge of fluid flow through an open-cell porous medium. He continued his collaboration with UQ in the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI) as a postdoctoral research fellow. There, he worked on a broad range of projects such as design and manufacturing of solar-thermal powered freeze dryer, heat treatment equipment and grain dryer. Beside designing agricultural machinery, he also led a team to develop a thermopnumatic energy storage and a mobile solar powerplant. He joined the Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB) as a postdoctoral research fellow in process engineering to investigate the sugar manufacturing process in 2019.