Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
My PhD research investigates vortex-based solar particle receivers for the solar sensible heating of particles or for solar thermochemistry applications.
As part of my research I have:
- Investigated the technical feasibility of the solar calcination of alumina in a laboratory-scale solar vortex receiver.
- Systematically assessed thermal performance of vortex-based solar particle receivers for sensible heating of particles with a numerical heat transfer model I have developed.
- Developed a method of directly measuring particle residence time distributions in a laboratory-scale cold-flow solar vortex receiver.
- Systematically assessed the influence of key operational parameters on particle residence time distributions within a vortex-based solar particle receiver.
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Award Wal Read Memorial Prize for Best Presentation at the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2017 Australian Solar Council Australia — 2016 Award Best Student Presentation at the High Temperature Processing Symposium 2016 Swinburne University of Technology Australia — 2015 Scholarship Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia —
Language Competency German Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2010 - 2013 The University of Adelaide Australia Diploma of Languages (German Studies) 2009 - 2014 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical & Aerospace) with First Class Honours
Year Citation 2019 Davis, D., Jafarian, M., Chinnici, A., Saw, W., & Nathan, G. (2019). Thermal performance of vortex-based solar particle receivers for sensible heating. Solar Energy, 177, 163-177.
2017 Davis, D., Müller, F., Saw, W., Steinfeld, A., & Nathan, G. (2017). Solar-driven alumina calcination for CO₂ mitigation and improved product quality. Green Chemistry, 19(13), 2992-3005.
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Year Citation 2017 Coventry, J., Arjomandi, M., Asselineau, C., Chinnici, A., Corsi, C., Davis, D., . . . Saw, W. (2017). Development of ASTRI high-temperature solar receivers. In AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 1850 (pp. 030011-1-030011-9). Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: AMER INST PHYSICS.
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2017 Davis, D., Chinnici, A., Saw, W., Lau, T., & Nathan, G. (2017). Particle Residence Time Distributions in a Solar Vortex Receiver. In Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference (pp. 1-13). Online: Australian PV Institute.
German tutor with the Wirltu Yarlu Academic Mentoring Program
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