Mehdi obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from James Cook University in 2018. His Ph.D. was mainly focused on the numerical investigation of conjugate natural convection boundary layers. The main application of his research is heat transfer in the buildings and ventilation, heating/cooling systems, solar systems and so on. Upon completion of his Ph.D. studies, he joined James Cook University as a Mechanical Engineering Lecturer.

Dr. Khatamifar’s research interests encompass computational fluid dynamics, buoyancy-driven flows, turbulent flows, natural convection, heating/cooling systems, heat sinks, heat exchangers, additive manufacturing, innovative heat-dissipating materials, solar thermal energy, building heating and ventilation, building facade design, etc.

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I am looking for bright and motivated local graduate students interested in pursuing master or Ph.D. at James Cook University.

Please reach out if you are excited about research in heat and mass transfer.

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships and James Cook University Postgraduate Scholarships are competitive scholarships open to domestic and international research applicants. More information on these scholarships and the application deadlines/requirements are outlined at Postgraduate Research Scholarships. Application deadlines for JCU scholarships are usually Late September

  • CS3008: Fluid Mechanics (Level 3; TSV)
  • EG1011: Statics and Dynamics (Level 1; TSV)
  • EG3001: Finite Element Analysis (Level 3; TSV)
  • ME2512: Thermofluid Mechanics (Level 2; TSV)
  • ME3512: Heat and Mass Transfer (Level 3; TSV)
  • ME3525: Mechanical Design (Level 3; TSV)
  • Thermal design
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Fluid mechanics
  • 2018 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2013 to 2018 - PhD, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
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  • 2022 - JCU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 22+ research outputs authored by Dr Mehdi Khatamifar from 2014 onwards.

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AEP Advancing Engineering - Contract Research

Airbag deployment test

Indicative Funding
AEP Advance Engineering is planning to study airbag deployment in a car after modifications done on the car. This test will study an airbag deployment along the ceiling using high-speed camera at high frame per second rate of 5000. This study aims to investigate the deployment stages of the airbag and visually capture this process, so modifications applied on the car does not interfere with safety.
Mehdi Khatamifar, Wenxian Lin and Michael McMillan (College of Science & Engineering and AEP Advancing Engineering)
Airbag; Safety; Operation Condition

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Rocket Systems Numerical Design & Optimisation (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The development of sustainable and innovative techniques to enhance thermal management in a temperature sensitive system (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Development and Design Optimization of High Capacity Gravitational Vortex Hydro Power Plant (GVHPP) for High and Constant Flowing River conditions employing Computational Fluid Dynamics and modelling (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • To obtain Experimental Results of the Cyclic Plastic Behaviour for 3 Strain Ratios (e.g. R=-1; R=0; R=0.5) and study Mean Stress Relaxation Effects (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Experimental and Computational Investigation of Functionalized Aluminum Nitride (AIN) Hybrid Polymer Composite for Heat Sink Application (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Parametric Study of Bladed Cylindrical External Solar Receiver (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Design and analysis of a PCM-filled Trombe wall coupled with renewable energy utilization systems for meeting heating requirements of a building (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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