Investigation of surface textures on thermal and pressure drop performance of plate-fin heat exchangers

Author Identifiers

Kanishk Rauthan


Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Engineering Science


School of Engineering

First Advisor

Ferdinando Guzzomi

Second Advisor

Ana Vafadarshamasbi


Firstly, I would like to show my sincere gratitude to my supervisors Dr. Ferdinando Guzzomi and Dr. Ana Vafadar for their immeasurable guidance and support throughout the duration of the project. Dr. Guzzomi and Dr. Vafadar have always had an open-door policy for me which helped me accomplish my goals on or before the deadlines.

I highly appreciate Dr. Ferdinando Guzzomi for listening to and putting up with my ridiculous ideas and vision towards the project and pointing me in the right course of direction. I would like to thank Dr. Guzzomi for giving me the creative freedom and putting his trust on me with the project, allowing me to think outside the box and making my ideas a reality.

I would also like to show my heartfelt appreciation towards Dr. Ana Vafadar for listening to my confusion every week and to draw meaning out of my words. Your feedback along with the constructive criticism has been highly valuable throughout this journey and has kept me in check. Your constant support and faith in me have allowed me to finish the project on time and with significant contributions to the area of my research.

Dr. Kevin Hayward has also played a key role in the completion of this project. His feedback and suggestions towards my manuscripts and reports and numerous data analysis techniques have been critical in making this work presentable.

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to say a big thank you to Mr. Adrian Davis, Dr. Michael Stein and Joshua Bolton for their technical and literacy support throughout my bachelors and master’s project. Without your guidance and wisdom, none of this would have been possible.

A special thanks goes to my fellow researchers Aakash Shaun Hurry and Prashan Perera for all the cake and coffee I’ve had in the past 2 years and for the lovely discussions we had regarding our projects. I highly appreciate their immense support through times of doubt and uncertainty. I would also like to thank the ECU-Motorsports team specially Adam Honeycombe and Mario Leone for allowing me to use the facilities within the motorsports workshop and to be a part of the team and experience the Aus-West competition. I will cherish these memories and friendships forever.

Last but not the least, my biggest gratitude goes towards my uncle and aunt for their unconditional love and support throughout my bachelors and masters. I would not be where I am without their constant support. I would also like to thank my family and friends back in India who have helped me through this journey and allowed me to accomplish my goals.

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