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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

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Research Output 1998 2019

An integrated model for asphaltene deposition in wellbores/pipelines above bubble pressures

Guan, Q., Goharzadeh, A., Chai, J., Vargas, F. M., Biswal, S. L., Chapman, W. G., Zhang, M. & Yap, Y. F., Oct 2018, In : Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 169, p. 353-373

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations

A unidirectional one-dimensional approach for asphaltene deposition in large length-to-diameter ratios scenarios

Guan, Q., Chai, J. C., Goharzadeh, A., Vargas, F. M., Biswal, S. L., Chapman, W. G., Zhang, M. & Yap, Y. F., Jul 2018, In : Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 166, p. 857-870 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Crude oil
Finite volume method
Gas industry

Critical Heat Flux Enhancement Using Nanofluids and Hybrid Nanofluids: A Review

Bolton, J., Liu, L., Hinks, J. & Chai, J., 10 Aug 2018, In : International Journal of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. 4, 3, p. 35-56 22 p., 7310207.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Heat flux

Determination of the Convective Heat Transfer Coefficient of Nanofluids

Liu, L., Stetsyuk, V., Kubiak, K., Fatt, Y. Y., Goharzadeh, A. & Chai, J., 30 Apr 2018, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 16th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC-16. 9 p. IHTC16-24177

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

Heat transfer coefficients
Flow rate
Zeta potential
Heat transfer coefficients
Particle size
Heat transfer

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