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Dr Frank Bruno 

Position: Senior Research Fellow
Division/Portfolio: Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
School/Unit: Division Office Research IEE
Group: Barbara Hardy Institute
Campus: Mawson Lakes Campus
Office: J2-01
Telephone: +61 8 830 23230
Fax: +61 8 830 23380
Email: Frank_dot_Bruno_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Frank.Bruno


Dr Frank Bruno attained his mechanical engineering degree with first class honours at the University of Adelaide and his PhD Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Australia. After completing his PhD he remained at the University, and has been involved in research, consultancy and teaching in the areas of thermal storage, low energy buildings, air conditioning, refrigeration and solar thermal.

He began research on phase change materials in 1996, and currently leads the research in that area at the Barbara Hardy Institute at the University of South Australia. At the Institute he also leads the research in the air conditioning area. Dr Bruno has authored or co-authored over 80 refereed journal and conference papers, 70 Engineering Technical reports and 1 Book Chapter.

Dr Bruno is a member of the Barbara Hardy Institute. Find out more about the Institute on our website or on facebook.


Links to other sites



Barbara Hardy Institute


IEA Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES) Programme Task 24


Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative


Climate Wizard


Lochiel Park


Teaching interests

  • Thermal Storage
  • Air conditioning
  • Renewable Energy
  • Refrigeration
  • Heat Transfer

Professional associations

Member, Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH)

Member, International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

Member, Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES)


Qualifications

Ph.D. (Mech. Eng.), University of South Australia, 1997

B.Eng.(Mech).Hons Class 1, University of Adelaide, 1991


Research interests

  • energy efficiency
  • thermal storage and phase change materials
  • renewable energy
  • air conditioning
  • low energy buildings
  • heat pumps and refrigeration
  • high temperature solar

Research publications



Books

Saman W, Boland J, Pullen S, de Dear R, Soebarto V, Miller W, Pocock B, Belusko M, Bruno F, Whaley D, Pockett J, Bennetts H, Ridley B, Palmer J, Zuo, J, Ma T, Chileshe N, Skinner N, Chapman J, Vujinovic N, Walsh M, Candido C & Deuble M (2013) A framework for adaptation of Australian households to heat waves. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 242 pp. ISBN: 978-1-925039-58-0



Book Chapters

1. Bruno, F., Saman, W. Y. and Liu, M., Concentrated solar power generation and high-temperature energy storage, in Creating Sustainable Communities, edited by Roetman, P.E.J. and Daniels, C., Crawford House Publishing, 2011.



Refereed Journals

Karimpoura M., Belusko M., Xing K. & Bruno F., Minimising the Life Cycle Energy of Buildings: Review and Analysis, Building and Environment(in-press)

Roach P., Bruno F. & Belusko M., Modelling the cooling energy of night ventilation and economiser strategies on façade selection of commercial buildings, Energy and Buildings, Vol 66, pp 562-570, 2013.

Tay N.H.S., Bruno F. and Belusko M., Experimental investigation of dynamic melting in a tube-in-tank PCM system, Applied Energy, 104, pp 137-148, 2013.

Tay N.H.S., Bruno F. and Belusko M. Comparison of Pinned and Finned tubes in a Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage System using CFD, Applied Energy, 104, pp 79-86, 2013.

Liu, M., Saman, W. and Bruno F., Development of a novel refrigeration system for refrigerated trucks incorporating phase change material, Applied Energy, Vol 92, pp 336-342, 2012.

Tay, N. H. S., Belusko, M. & Bruno F., Experimental investigation of tubes in a phase change thermal energy storage system, Applied Energy, Vol 90 pp 288-297, 2012.

Liu, M., Saman, W. and Bruno F., Review on storage materials and thermal performance enhancement techniques for high temperature phase change thermal storage systems, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol 16, Issue 4, pp 2118-2132, 2012.

Amin N.A.M., Belusko M., Bruno F. & Liu M., Optimising PCM thermal storage systems for maximum energy storage effectiveness, Solar Energy, Vol 86, Issue 9, pp 2263-2272, 2012.

Tay, N. H. S., Bruno F. & Belusko M., Experimental validation of a CFD and an ?-NTU model for a large tube-in-tank PCM system, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol 55, Issues 21-22, pp 5931-5940, 2012.

Belusko M., Halawa E. & Bruno F., Characterising PCM thermal storage systems using the effectiveness-NTU approach, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol 55, Issues 13-14, pp 3359-3365, 2012.

Amin NAM, Bruno F. & Belusko M. Effectiveness - NTU correlation for low Temperature PCM encapsulated in spheres. Applied Energy. 2012; 93: 549-55, 2012.

Tay, N. H. S., Belusko, M. & Bruno F., Designing a PCM storage system using the effectiveness-number of transfer units method in low energy cooling of buildings, Energy and Buildings, Vol 50, pp 234-242, 2012.

Tay, N. H. S., Bruno F. & Belusko M., Experimental validation of a CFD model for tubes in a phase change thermal energy storage system, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol 55, Issue 4, pp 574-585, 2012.

Tay, N. H. S., Belusko, M. & Bruno F., An effectiveness-NTU technique for characterising tube-in-tank phase change thermal energy storage systems, Applied Energy, Vol 91, Issue 1, pp 309-319, 2012.

Amin NAM, Bruno F. & Belusko M. Investigation of conducting pins in sphere filled with phase change material for enhancing heat transfer in thermal energy storage. Advanced Materials Research. 472-475: 1693-7, 2012.

Tay N.H.S., Bruno F. and Belusko gM., 2011, “Experimental investigation of heat transfer tubes in a phase change thermal energy storage system”, Frio-calor Aire Acondicionado, December Issue (442), 26-32, 2011.

Castell A., Belusko M., Bruno F. and Cabeza L, Maximisation of heat transfer in a coil in tank PCM cold storage system, Applied Energy Vol 88, pp 4120-4127, 2011.

Bruno F., On-site experimental testing of a novel dew point evaporative cooler, Energy and Buildings Vol 43, pp 3475-3483, 2011.

Liu M., Bruno F. & Saman, W., Thermal performance analysis of a flat slab phase change thermal storage unit with liquid-based heat transfer fluid for cooling applications, Solar Energy Vol 85 pp 3017-3027, 2011.

Liu M., Saman W. & Bruno F., Validation of a mathematical model for encapsulated phase change material flat slabs for cooling applications, Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol 31, pp 2340-2347, 2011.

Belusko M., Bruno F. & Saman W., Investigation of the thermal resistance of timber attic spaces with reflective foil and bulk insulation, heat flow up, Applied Energy, Vol 88, 127–137, 2011.

Bruno F., Pruebas in situ de un nuevo enfriador evaporativo indirecto, Frio, Calor, Aire Acondicionado, July 2011.

Halawa E., Saman W. & Bruno F., A phase change processor method for solving a one-dimensional phase change problem with convection boundary, Renewable Energy, Volume 35, Issue 8, Pages 1688-1695, 2010.

Amin N.A.M., Belusko M. & Bruno F., Optimisation of a Phase Change Thermal Storage System, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Issue 56, Pages 766-769, 2009.

Belusko M., Saman W. and Bruno F., Performance of jet impingement in unglazed air collectors, Solar Energy, 82, 389–398, 2008.

Bruno F., Using Phase Change Materials (PCMs) for Space Heating and Cooling in Buildings. EcoLibrium, Journal of Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp 26-31, March 2005.

Saman W., Bruno F. & Halawa E., Thermal Performance of PCM Thermal Storage Unit for a Roof Integrated Solar Heating System. Solar Energy, Volume 78, Issue 2, Pages 341-349, 2005.

Halawa E., Bruno F. & Saman W., Numerical Analysis of a PCM Thermal Storage System with Varying Wall Temperature. Energy Conversion and Management, Volume 46, Issues 15-16, Pages 2592-2604, 2005.

Belusko M., Saman W. & Bruno F. Roof integrated solar heating system with glazed collector, Solar Energy, Volume 76, Issues 1-3 , Pages 61-69, 2004.



Refereed Conference Papers

Amin N.A.M.,Azizul Mohamad, Majid M.S.A., Bruno F. & Belusko M., Experimental Investigation of PCM Spheres in Thermal Energy Storage System, Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Mechanics, Simulation and Control (ICMSC 2013), Kanyakumari, India, June 22-23, 2013.

Tay N.H.S., Belusko M. and Bruno F., “Experimental investigation of dynamic melting in a tube-in-tank phase change thermal storage system”, Proceedings of Innostock 2012, Lleida, Spain, May 2012.

Tay N.H.S., Bruno F., Belusko M., Castell A. and Cabeza L.F., “Experimental validation of a CFD model on a vertical finned tube heat exchanger phase change thermal energy storage system”, Proceedings of Innostock 2012, Lleida, Spain, May 2012.

Amin NAM, Bruno F. & Belusko M. Investigation of conducting pins in sphere filled with phase change material for enhancing heat transfer in thermal energy storage. In Proc. of the 3rd International Conference on Manufacturing, Science and Engineering (ICMSE 2012). Xiamen, China, Mar. 24-25, 2012.

Tay N., Bruno F. & Belusko M., Experimental validation of a CFD and a e-NTU model for tubes in a large PCM tank, ISES Solar World Congress 2011, 28 August to 2 September 2011, Kassel, Germany, 2011.

Tay N., Belusko M. & Bruno F., A parametric study using the e-NTU method for a phase change thermal storage unit for a night time cooling system, ISES Solar World Congress 2011, 28 August to 2 September 2011, Kassel, Germany, 2011.

Bruno F., On-site testing of a novel indirect evaporative cooler. Proceedings of the 9th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Working Fluids, 11-14 April 2010, Sydney.

Tay N., Bruno F. & Belusko M., Experimental Investigation of Heat Transfer Tubes in a Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage System, Proceedings of the 9th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Conference on Natural Working Fluids, 11-14 April 2010, Sydney.

Timothy O’Leary, Martin Belusko, Frank Bruno, Achieving 6 star energy efficient housing cost effectively in Australian temperate climates, Proceedings of Central Europe towards Sustainable Building, 30.6. - 2.7.2010.

Tay N., Belusko M & Bruno F., “Experimental Investigation of Coils in a Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage System”, International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE), ICAE2010, Singapore, 2010.

Bruno, F., An Indirect Evaporative Cooler for Supplying Air near the Dew Point, Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, 2010.

Roach P., Bruno F. & Belusko M., Towards an understanding of the use of thermal mass in the cooling of commercial buildings. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, 2010.

Tay N.H.S, Bruno F. & Belusko M., Design Methodology for Coils in a Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage System using the Effectiveness-NTU method. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, 2010.

Belusko M., Pockett J., Bruno F. & Saman W., Summer Thermal Resistance Measurement of Timber Framed Roofing Systems and Benefits of Reflective Paints. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, 2010.

Sheoran S., Belusko M., Bruno F. & Saman W., Modelling of a Direct Contact Two Immiscible Phase Molten Salt System for High Temperature Solar Thermal Storage. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society, 2010.

Bruno F., Testing of an Evaporative Cooling System that Supplies Air Near the Dew Point Temperature. Proceedings of Eurosun 2010 conference, Graz, Austria, 2010.

Bruno F., Belusko M. & Tay N., Design of PCM Thermal Storage System using the Effectiveness-NTU Method. Proceedings of Eurosun 2010 conference, Graz, Austria, 2010.

Belusko M., Bruno F. and Saman W., Thermal resistance of Australian roofing systems, In Proceedings of the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) International Conference 2009, Gold Coast, Australia, 2009.

Amin N.A.M., Belusko M. & Bruno F., Optimisation of a Phase Change Thermal Storage System, Proceeding of ICEE 2009: International Conference on Energy and Environment, 2009.

Amin N.A.M., Bruno F. and Belusko M., Maximizing the Energy Storage Performance of Phase Change Thermal Storage Systems, Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Solar Energy (SOE 2009).

Martin S.O., Lewis A., Bruno F., Saman W., Marshall A. and Jones T., Reduction of greenhouse emissions from the University of South Australia- learning to educate with less, Proceeding of ISES Solar World Congress 2009.

Wu X., Zhang J., Bruno F. & Belusko M., Numerical analysis on the thermal performance of chilled ceiling panels using encapsulated phase change material, 2009 IEEE 16th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IE and EM 2009; Beijing; 21 – 23 October, 2009.

Belusko M. and Bruno F., Design methodology of PCM thermal storage systems with parallel plates, In Proceedings of the 2008 Eurosun Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008.

Liu, M., Saman, W., & Bruno, F., „Development of a novel cooling system for refrigerated trucks incorporating phase change materials‟, in Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress of Refrigeration, Refrigeration Creates the Future, August 21-26, 2007, Beijing, P.R. China, (CD ROM).

Halawa E. , Bruno F. & Saman W., Potential application of combisystem for an Australian climatic region, Proceedings of ISES World Congress 2007 (Vol. I – Vol. V) Solar Energy and Human Settlement, 2007.

Ibrahim, S. Bari and F. Bruno, "A study on EGR utilization in natural gas SI engines using a two-zone combustion model", SAE 2007-01-2041, pp. 1294-1303, Japan, 23-26 July, 2007.

Liu, M, Bruno, F & Saman, W., 'Thermal Performance of a PCM Thermal Storage Unit', in Proceedings of ISES Solar World Congress 2007: Solar Energy and Human Settlement, Tsinghua University Press & Springer-Verlag, 2766-2771, Beijing, China, ISES Solar World Congress 2007, (SecretariatEds), 2007.

Liu M, Bruno F. & Saman W., Development of a low-cost Phase Change Material for Refrigerated Vehicles, Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of ANZSES, 2006.

Belusko M., Saman W. and Bruno F, Analysis of a roof integrated solar air collector, In Proceedings of the International Solar Energy Society Solar World Congress, 2005, Orlando, Florida, USA, 2005.

Halawa, E., Saman, W., Bruno, W.: Simulation of a Roof Integrated Heating System with PCM Thermal Storage, Proc. ISES Solar World Congress, Orlando, Florida, August 6-12 2005.

Bruno F. & Saman W., Development of a PCM energy storage unit for solar air heating systems, Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of ANZSES, 2004.

Saman W., Halawa E., Belusko M. & Bruno F., Thermal Performance of a Roof Integrated Solar Heating System with PCM Thermal Storage, World Renewable Energy Congress VIII, Denver, Colorado, 2004.

Bruno F. & Saman W., Utilization of PCM fibreboards for space heating. Proceedings of the 2001 International Solar Energy Society Congress, Adelaide, Australia, 25 30 November, 2003.

Belusko M., Saman W. & Bruno F., Roof integrated solar heating system with glazed collector, Proceedings of the 2001 International Solar Energy Society Congress, Adelaide, Australia, 25 30 November, 2003.

Bruno F. & Saman W., Testing of a PCM energy storage system for space heating. Proceedings of the World Renewable Energy Congress VII, Cologne, Germany, 2002.

Belusko M., Saman W. & Bruno F., Experimental study of a roof integrated solar collector in a solar heating system. Proceedings of the World Renewable Energy Congress VII, Cologne, Germany, 2002.

Bruno F., Simultaneous storage of heating and cooling from a heat pump. Proceedings of the 8th Int. Conf. on Thermal Energy Storage (TerraStock 2000), Stuttgart, Germany, 2000.

Bruno F., Performance evaluation of a heat pump system for simultaneous heating and cooling. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Solar Energy Society, 29 November-1 December, Brisbane, Australia, pp 359-366, 2000.

Bruno F., De Maria S. & Saman W.Y., Computer simulation of a compressor for direct injection gas fuelled engines. Proc. 5th Biennial IANGV International Conference, Malaysia, 1996.

Bruno F., Saman W.Y. & De Maria S., A mathematical model to predict the performance of a novelly-driven compressor for direct injection gas fuelled engines. Proc. 4th World Renewable Energy Congress, Denver, Colorado, 1996.

Bruno F., De Maria S. & Saman W.Y., The design of a compressor for direct injection gas fuelled engines. Proc. 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Automotive Technology and Management, 1995.

De Maria S., Bruno F. & Saman W.Y., Analysis and testing of a high pressure micro-compressor. SAE Paper No. 950058 in Alternative fuels for low emissions and improved performance in CI and heavy duty engines (SP-1093), Society of Automotive Engineers, pages 45-53, 1995.

Bruno F., De Maria S. & Saman W.Y., Ideal cycle analysis of a high pressure micro-compressor for direct injection gas fuelled engines. Proc. International Conference on Fluid and Thermal Energy Conversion, Bali, Indonesia, 1994.

Bruno F., De Maria S. & Saman W.Y., A novelly-driven compressor for direct injection gas fuelled engines. Proc. 4th Biennial International Conference on Natural Gas Vehicles, Canada, 1994.

De Maria S., Bruno F. & Trowbridge C., VEPMAS: Vehicle and Engine Performance Monitoring and Analysis System. The Fourth Asia-Pacific Conference on Automotive Technology and Management (ASPACON’93), Singapore, March 1993.


Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Engineering

  • thermal storage and phase change materials
  • low energy buildings
  • air conditioning
  • high temperature solar

Research Degree Supervisor

Experience in supervision of research students in projects involving applied research. Areas of research include energy efficiency, energy efficient air conditioning systems, energy storage systems, phase change materials, heat transfer, solar thermal and refrigeration.




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