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Recent Developments in Thermal Insulation and Protection

Call for Papers

Thermal insulation is the reduction of heat transfer (the transfer of thermal energy between objects of differing temperature). Thermal protection is the prevention of heat flux (generated by outer heat resources). The practical aim of thermal insulation and protection is to keep the temperature of the objects to be within the acceptable limit. Thus, in order to obtain fluid flow, heat transfer, and other related physical phenomena in thermal insulation and protection problems, it is necessary to describe the associated physics by means of numerical/theoretical and experimental analysis. Nearly, all the physical phenomena of interest are obtained by principles of energy conservation, conversation, and management. This special issue is focused on the analysis of typical physical phenomena with respect to thermal insulation and protection.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the thermal insulation/protection problems arising from fluid flow, heat transfer, and other related physical phenomena. All submissions are expected to have original ideas and new approaches. Papers on newly emerging areas of fluid mechanics and heat transfers are especially welcomed. Potential topics include, but are not limited:

  • Thermal insulation and reduced heat transfer
  • Thermal protection and thermal shielding
  • Multilayer insulation and protection
  • Thermal performance of insulation materials
  • Optimization design of thermal insulation/protection structures
  • Thermomechanical analysis of insulation/protection systems
  • Numerical and optimization methods for thermal insulation/protection problems
  • Experimental and numerical study of thermal insulation/protection parts
  • Other related topics (multiscale simulation and multiobjective optimization)

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ame/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the Journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ame/mtip/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 7 March 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 30 May 2014
Publication DateFriday, 25 July 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Gongnan Xie, School of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Guest Editors

  • Bogdan Mitrica, Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering-IFIN HH, Reactorului 30, 077125 Magurele, Romania
  • Yonghui Xie, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049, China
  • Leo Chen, School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK