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Troy Munro

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering

350E EB
Provo, UT 84604

Biography

Office Hours


Monday: 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM -1:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Research

Nuclear Energy, Heat Transfer in Biology, Thermal Behavior of Materials, Fluorescence Thermometry, Thermophysical Properties

Biography
Graduate Students
Publications
Courses

Education

Joint PhD, Mechanical Engineering and Physics

Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven and Utah State University, 2016

Dissertation: “Thermal Property Measurement of Thin Fibers by Complementary Methods”

Co-Advisor (KU Leuven): Dr. Christ Glorieux

Co-Advisor (USU): Dr. Heng Ban

MS, Mechanical Engineering

Utah State University, 2012

Thesis: “Heater Geometry and Heat Flux Effects on Subcooled, Thin Wire, Nucleate Pool Boiling in Microgravity”

Advisor: Dr. Heng Ban

BS, Mechanical Engineering

Utah State University, 2012

Capstone Project: “Collection of CO2 from the Martian Atmosphere for use as a Propellant for a Radioisotope Powered Mars Research Vehicle”

Advisor: Dr. Byard Wood

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, 2016-present

Graduate Researcher, Utah State University, 2012-2016

Doctoral Researcher, Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven, Belgium 2013-2016

GAS Undergraduate Research Team Director, Utah State University, 2011-2013

Peter Hartivigsen (MS)

Derek Sanchez (MS)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (View my collection, "My Bibliography" from NCBI)

  1. Hayden, S., and Munro, T., “Fluorescent Scanning Thermal Microscope based on a Blu-Ray Optical Head to Measure Thermal Diffusivity,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 90, pp. 024903, 2019.
  2. Gardner, L., Munro, T., Villarreal, E., Harris, K., Fronk, T., and Ban, H., "Thermal Characterization of Alkali Treated Kenaf Fibers and Kenaf-Epoxy Composites," Fibers and Polymers, 19, pp. 393-402, 2018.
  3. Guillou, J., Lavadiya, D.N., Munro, T., Fronk, T., and Ban, H. “From lignocellulose to biocomposite: Multi-level modelling and experimental investigation of the thermal properties of kenaf fiber reinforced composites based on constituent materials,” Applied Thermal Engineering, 128, pp. 1372-1381, 2018.
  4. Munro, T., Liu, L., Ban, H., and Glorieux, C., “Thermophysical Properties of Thin Fibers via Photothermal Quantum Dot Fluorescence Spectral Shape-based Thermometry,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 112, pp. 1090-1097, 2017.
  5. Munro, T., Putzeys, T., Copeland, C., Xing, C., Lewis, R., Ban, H., Glorieux, C., and Wubbenhorst, M., “Investigation of synthetic spider silk crystallinity and alignment via electrothermal, pyroelectric, literature XRD, and tensile techniques,” Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 302(4), DOI: 10.1002/mame.201600480, 2017.
  6. Xing, C., Munro, T., Jensen, C., Ban, H., Copeland, C., and Lewis, R., “Thermal Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Spider Silks by Both the 3ω and Transient Electrothermal Methods,” Materials & Design, 119, 2017.
  7. Munro, T., Liu, L., Glorieux, C., and Ban, H., “CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dot Fluorescence Spectra Shape-based Thermometry via Neural Network Reconstruction,” Journal of Applied Physics, 119(21), pp. 214903, 2016.
  8. Liu, L., Zhong, K., Munro, T., Alvarado, S., Côte, R., Creten, S., Fron, E., Ban, H., Van der Auweraer, M., Roozen, B., Matsuda, O., and Glorieux, C., “Wideband Fluorescence-based Thermometry by Neural Network Recognition: Photothermal Application in Frequency and Time Domain – from 10 Nanoseconds to DC,” Journal of Applied Physics, 118(18), pp. 184906, 2015.
  9. Munro, T.R., Ban, H., “Flow and Heat Flux Behavior of Micro-bubble Jet Flows Observed in Thin, Twisted-Wire, Subcooled, Boiling in Microgravity” Microgravity Science and Technology, 27, pp. 49-60, 2015.
  10. Munro, T.R., Koeln, J.P., Fassmann, A.W., Barnett, R.J., and Ban, H., “Phase Change Heat Transfer and Bubble Behavior Observed on Twisted Wire Heater Geometries in Microgravity,” International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 47, pp. 21-30, 2014.
  11. Xing, C., Munro, T., Jensen, C., White, B., Ban, H., “Thermal Characterization of Fine Fibers Using an Improved Direct Electrical Heating Method,” International Journal of Thermophysics, 35(8), pp. 1512-1525, 2014.
  12. Xing, C., Jensen, C., Munro, T., White, B., Ban, H., Chirtoc, M., “Accurate Thermal Property Measurement of Fine Fibers by the 3-omega Technique,” Applied Thermal Engineering, 73(1), pp. 315-322, 2014.
  13. Xing, C., Jensen, C., Munro, T., White, B., Ban, H., Chirtoc, M., “Thermal Property Characterization by the 3-omega Technique,” Applied Thermal Engineering, 71(1), pp. 589-595, 2014.
  14. Xing, C., White, B., Munro, T., Ban, H., Copeland, C., and Lewis, R., “Thermophysical Properties of the Dragline Silk of Nephila clavipes Spider,” Polymer, 55(16), pp. 4226-4231, 2014.
  15. Xing, C., Munro, T., Jensen, C., White, B., Ban, H., Copeland, C., and Lewis, R., “Thermophysical Property Measurement of Electrically Nonconductive Fibers by the Electrothermal Technique,” Measurement Science and Technology, 25(11), pp. 115604, 2014.
  16. Xing, C., Munro, T., Jensen, C., and Ban, H., “Analysis of the Electrothermal Technique for Thermal Property Characterization of Thin Fibers,” Measurement Science and Technology, 24(10), pp. 105603, 2013.
  17. Munro, T.R., Ban, H., “Jet Flow Behavior Observed during Microgravity Boiling,” The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, 88, 2013.
  18. Munro, T., Fassmann, A., and Ban, H., “Surface Geometry and Heat Flux Effect on Thin Wire Nucleate Pool Boiling of Subcooled Water in Microgravity,” The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, 87, 2012.


Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

  1. Munro, T., Xing, C., Ban, H., Copeland, C., Lewis, R., and Glorieux, C., “Thermal Property Measurement of Thin Fibers – A Direct Approach,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Houston, Texas, November 15-21, 2015.
  2. Munro, T., Xing, C., Marquette, A., Ban, H., Copeland, C., and Lewis, R., “Description of Test Setup and Approach to Measure Thermal Properties of Natural and Synthetic Spider Silks at Cryogenic Temperatures,” International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, San Diego, California, November 15-21, 2013.
  3. Munro, T., Xing, C., Copeland, C., Ban, H., and Lewis, R., “Probing the Mysteries of Spider Silk’s Uncharacteristically High Thermal Diffusivity,” ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 14-19, 2013.
  4. Xing, C., Munro, T., Jensen, C., And Ban, H., “Parametric Study on the Effect of Radiation Heat Loss and Nonconstant Heating in the Electrothermal Technique for Micro- to Nano-scale Fine Fiber Thermal Property Measurement,” MicroTech Conference, Gaylord National Harbor, Maryland, May 12-15, 2013.
  5. Munro, T., Xing, C., Jensen, C., Copeland, C., Ban, H., and Lewis, R., “Characterizing Thermal Diffusivity of Synthetic Spider Silk using Improved Transient Electrothermal Technique,” MicroTech Conference, Gaylord National Harbor, Maryland, May 12-15, 2013.
  6. Martineau, R.J., Torres, E.M., Kullberg, J.G., and Munro, T.R., “Analysis of a Thin-Wire Boiling Experiment for Application to Thermal Management Systems,” AIAA Region VI Student Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 29-31, 2012.
  7. Munro, T., Fassmann, A., and Ban, H., “Surface Geometry and Heat Flux Effect on Thin Wire Nucleate Pool Boiling of Subcooled Water in Microgravity,” AIAA Region VI Student Conference, San Diego, California, March 24-26, 2011.

ME 250 - Intro to Materials Science

ME 362 - Engineering Measurements

Research Interests

Heat Transfer in Manufacturing
Thermal Behavior of Materials
Molten Salt Reactors
Biothermal Behavior
Nuclear Energy
Thermophysical Properties

Teaching Interests

Heat Transfer
Nuclear Energy
Materials Science
Instrumentation
Experimental Measurements

Education

  • Dual PhD, Mechanical Engineering , Utah State University (2016)
  • Dual PhD, Physics , Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven (2016)
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering , Utah State University (2012)
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering , Utah State University (2012)

Honors and Awards

  • Best Paper, Microelectromechanical Engineering Division, Track 12, ASME's IMECE (2019 - 2019)

Memberships

  • American Nuclear Society (ANS) (2016 - Present)
  • ASME (2009 - Present)
  • American Chemical Society (2019 - 2020)
  • SPIE (2014 - 2019)

Professional Citizenship

  • Editor, Associate Editor, International Journal of Thermophysics (2020 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, ACS Material Letters (2019 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Nuclear Materials (2019 - Present)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (2019 - Present)
  • Officer (specify in Other), American Society of Mechanical Engineering (2018 - Present)
  • Member, CARAT – Collaboration for Advanced Research on Accident-tolerant Fuel (2017 - 2020)

Courses Taught

Publications

Juien Guillou Dayakar Naik Lavadiya Troy Munro Thomas Fronk Heng Ban Samuel Hayden Troy R Munro Troy R Munro Tristan Putzeys Cameron Copeland Changhu Xing Randolph Lewis Heng Ban Christ Glorieux Michael Wubbenhorst

Presentations

Matthew Goodson Michael Troy R Munro
Carrie Emma McClure Derek Sanchez Jordan Bryan Marissa Iraca James Erikson Charles E Lewis Troy R Munro John S Colton
Derek Sanchez Greg Nordin Troy Munro
Aaron Thorum Logan Page Troy Munro David D Allred Zilong Hua David Hurley
James Erikson Carrie Emma McClure Charles E Lewis John S Colton Troy R Munro
Katelyn Watson Carrie Emma McClure James Erikson Heather Hogg John S Colton Troy R Munro
Carrie Emma McClure James Erikson Heather Hogg Katelyn Watson Troy R Munro John S Colton
James Erikson Carrie Emma McClure John S Colton Troy R Munro