Thermal Sciences and Engineering


Humanity depends on energy to prosper. Energy is fundamental for our lives. The sources of energy are very diverse, from the fossil fuels, to the renewable sources. The development of new forms of harvesting, conversion, transport, storage and efficient utilization are essential for human development.

The Engineering and Thermal Sciences Area, uniting knowledge from Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer as well as from their application areas, has dedicated efforts to the proper understanding of basic phenomena, the development of physical and mathematical models, the development of analytical and numerical solutions, as well as,  experimental methods, devices and innovative prototypes, aimed to solve both the fundamental and applied problems, with a focus on the engineering science as well as the industrial applications.

Lines of Research

  • Exergetic analysis
  • Thermal analysis of buildings
  • Characterization of petroleum reservoir rocks
  • Combustion
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite thermal control
  • Boiling and condensation
  • Solar energy
  • Flow and mixture thermodynamics
  • Fluid, transport, phase change and chemical reactionin porous media
  • Energy Generation and cogeneration
  • Instrumentation for thermal analysis of buildings
  • Lubrification
  • Fluid mechanics and computational heat transfer
  • Discrete models of fluid outflow (Lattice-Gas)
  • Radiation
  • Cooling
  • Rheology
  • Petroleum reservoir simulation
  • Heat tubes
  • Turbulence


Alexandre Kupka da Silva, Ph.D. (2005, Duke University- USA)

Álvaro Toubes Prata, Ph.D. (1985, Univ. Minnesota – USA)

Amir Antônio Martins Oliveira Jr., Ph.D. (1998, Univ. Michigan – USA)

César José Deschamps, Ph.D. (1994, Univ. Manchester – England)

Clovis Raimundo Maliska, Ph.D. (1981, Univ. Waterloo – Canada)

Christian Johann Losso Hermes, Dr.Eng.  (2006, UFSC – Brazil)

Edson Bazzo, Dr.Eng. (1996, UFSC – Brazil)

Emilio Ernesto Paladino, Dr.Eng. (2005, UFSC – Brazil)

Fernando Henrique Milanese, Dr.Eng. (2003, UFSC – Brazil)

Leonel R Cancino, Dr. Eng. (2009, UFSC – Brazil)

Jader Riso Barbosa Junior, Dr. (2001, Imperial College – England)

Júlio César Passos, Dr. (1989, Univ. Paris VI – France)

Márcia Barbosa Henriques Mantelli, Ph.D. (1995, Univ. Waterloo – Canada)

Saulo Güths, Dr. (1994, Univ. D’Artois – France)


Former Faculty

Paulo César Philippi, Dr. (1980, Univ. de Provence – France)
Vicente de Paulo Nicolau, Dr. (1994, INSA-Lyon – France)


LabCET – Laboratory of Combustion and Thermal System Engineering
Supervisor: Prof. Amir Antonio Martins Oliveira Jr.
Tel: +55 (48) 3721-9390 / 3721-4013
Fax: +55 (48) 3721-7615

LABSOLAR/NTCS – Laboratory of Solar Energy and Center for Satellite Thermal Control
Supervisor: Prof. Sergio Colle
Tel: +55 (48) 3721-9812
Fax: +55 (48) 3721-7615

LabTERMO- Laboratory of Thermal Sciences
Supervisor: Prof. Vicente de Paulo Nicolau
Tel: +55 (48) 3721-9397 / 234-5166
Fax: +55 (48) 3234-1519

LMPT – Laboratory of Porous Media and Thermophysical Proprieties
Supervisor: Prof. José A. Bellini da Cunha Neto
Tel: +55 (48) 3721-7709
Fax: +55 (48) 3721-7615

POLO – Laboratory for Emerging Technologies in Cooling and Thermophysics
Tel: +55 (48) 3721 -9397
Fax: +55 (48) 3721-7615

SINMEC – Laboratory of Numerical Simulation in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
Supervisor: Prof.Clovis Raimundo Maliska
Tel: +55 (48) 3721-9936 / 3721-9562
Fax: +55 (48) 3721-7615

LABMCI – Internal Combustion Engines Laboratory
Supervisor: Prof. Leonel R Cancino, Dr. Eng.
Tel: +55 (48) 3721-7499
Fax: +55 (48) 3721-2008