About This Special Issue
Currently, there are many real-life challenging problems in the field of power engineering. Cross-disciplinary approaches are needed to face these challenges.
The computational modeling of fire and smoke propagation in big buildings or structures is very demanding due to safety and economic reasons. Due to the complexity of the problem, different up-to-date research techniques are highly appreciated. These techniques may cover high performance computing techniques (e.g., parallel processing), meshing methodology, turbulence models, visualization, etc. Thus, preparing evacuation plans of occupants, based on computational simulation, is a vital concept. Moreover, experimental and field approaches are important for establishment of new fire fighting procedures.
Another type of challenging problems is the emerging renewable energy sources and approaches. These challenges include introducing sustainable techniques, searching for non-traditional energy sources, reduction of initial and operational costs, etc. Experimental and numerical investigations play together an integrated role in the development of new solutions for global energy shortage.
Many of these challenges are directly related to thermal aspects such as thermodynamic principles, heat transfer, combustion, air conditioning, etc.