• Research Office Computing and Engineering University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

1988 …2019
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John Chai joined the University of Huddersfield on 1 September 2014 as a Professor at the Department of Engineering and Technology of the School of Computing and Engineering. He is an Adjunct Professor of Xian Jiaotong University, Shanxi, China and Chinese University of Petroleum – East China, Qingdao, Shandong, China. He is an Editorial Advisory Board member of Computational Thermal Sciences, Associate Editors of the ASME Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering and Heat Transfer Engineering. He is an elected Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers).

He received his B.S. (with First-Class Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Windsor, Canada and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1994 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Suhas V. Patankar.

In October 2009, he joined the Petroleum Institute (PI) of Abu Dhabi, UAE as professor and Chairman of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining the PI, he was a Principal Engineer at Amoeba Technologies Inc., a start-up CFD company. He also held faculty positions in Singapore and Tennessee, USA.

He has published over 80 journal articles, over 90 conference articles and contributed a chapter to the second edition of the Handbook of Numerical Heat Transfer. According to Google Scholar, his works have been cited almost 3000 times and his h-index is 25.

His research interests are in the development of numerical techniques for complex multiphysics transport phenomena encountered in multi-phase flows and fluid-structure interactions. Applications include, but are not limited to, digital (droplet-based) microfluidics, wet chemical etching, asphaltene (cholesterol) depositions, numerical methods for oil and gas industry and manufacturing.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Asphaltene; wax and hydrate depositions
  • Multiscale Transports in Reservoirs
  • Transport; Residuals and Possible Corrosion in Long Pipelines
  • Effects of Shutdown Period on Long Pipelines
  • Separation Using

Research Degree Supervision

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PhD Studentships in Materials Science 

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Finite volume method Engineering & Materials Science
microchannels Physics & Astronomy
Heat transfer Engineering & Materials Science
finite volume method Physics & Astronomy
Microchannels Engineering & Materials Science
Fluids Engineering & Materials Science
heat transfer Physics & Astronomy
Flow of fluids Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 1988 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Nanoparticles for convective heat transfer enhancement: heat transfer coefficient and the effects of particle size and zeta potential

Liu, L., Stetsyuk, V., Kubiak, K., Fatt, Y. Y., Goharzadeh, A. & Chai, J., 3 Jun 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Communications. 206, 6, p. 761-771 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Zeta potential
Heat transfer coefficients
Particle size
Heat transfer
9 Citations (Scopus)

Review of effective thermal conductivity models of rock-soil for geothermal energy applications

Jia, GS., Tao, ZY., Meng, X. Z., Ma, CF., Chai, J. & Jin, L. W., Jan 2019, In : Geothermics. 77, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Geothermal energy
geothermal energy
thermal conductivity
Thermal conductivity

Solving the Waxy Crude Oil Pipeline Flow Restart Problem Numerically in non-isothermal Condition from the Perspective of Engineering

Gao, J., Lei, C., Gang, L., Ren, S., Chen, C., Xu, R. & Chai, J., 1 Aug 2019, In : SPE Production and Operations. 34, 3, p. 647-666 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pipe flow
Crude oil
Thermal gradients
Numerical models

Some aspects of presumed filtered density functions formulation in the context of large eddy simulation of turbulent reacting flows

Stetsyuk, V., Kubiak, K., Liu, L. & Chai, J., 2019, Proceedings of the 16th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC-16.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
large eddy simulation
turbulent flow
laser induced fluorescence
Navier-Stokes equations
Reynolds number
Open Access
Parallel flow
Nusselt number
Boundary layers
Petroleum engineering

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Oral presentation

Experimental Investigation of Asphaltene Deposition in a Transparent Mini-Channel

John Chai (Speaker), Afshin Goharzadeh (Speaker), Y. Zhuang (Speaker), Yit F. Yap (Speaker), Nevin Thunduvila Mathew (Speaker), Sibani Lisa Biswal (Speaker)
14 Jul 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation