Dr. Cy Yavuzturk, Ph.D., C.E.M.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
College of Engineering Technology and Architecture
Department of Mechanical Engineering
United Technologies Building, Room 242
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: (860) 768-5554
Fax: (860) 768-5043
Diplom Ingenieur, Energy and Process Engineering (Energie und Verfahrenstechnik), Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK.
Principal Fields of Research and Expertise
Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer; Thermal Systems Modeling and Simulation; Numerical Modeling and Inverse Methods; Parameter Estimation and Optimization; Energy Analysis and Management; Energy Conversion and Storage; HVAC-R Equipment and Systems; Ground Source Heat Pumps; Solar Energy Utilization; Energy Engineering and Sustainable Design.
Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hartford, July 2010 to present.
Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hartford, July 2011 to present.
Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hartford, August 2008 to June 2011.
Visiting Professor (Sabbatical Research Semester), University of Rostock, Germany, June 2006 to December 2006.
Associate Professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming, July 2005 to 2008.
Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming, August 1999 to July 2005.
Research Associate, Oklahoma State University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1995-1999.
Project Engineer at Aydin Corporation HQ in Horsham, PA 1991-1994.
Process Control Engineer at Aydin Corporation Raytor and ElectroFab subsidiaries in Montgomery and Croydon, PA, 1989-1991.
Research Assistant, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, Energie und Verfahrenstechnik, 1986-1989.
Certified Energy Manager (C. E. M.) through AEE (The Association of Energy Engineers)
Research Projects (current and past)
Development of a software design tool for hybrid solar-geothermal heat pump systems in heating- and cooling-dominated buildings. In collaboration with University of Dayton and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Optimization of groundwater flow and heat pump entering fluid temperatures in geothermal heat pump systems. In collaboration with ENVIRON, University of Vermont and Princeton University. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Development of a Three-Dimensional Numerical Model to Predict Convective Conditions in Aero Gas Turbine Cavities.
Assessment of the Net-Zero Energy Potential in Existing Buildings.
Performance Comparison of Two-Spool and Three-Spool Aero Gas Turbine Engines.
Assessment of Performance Improvements in Geared Aero Gas Turbine Engines.
Development of a novel shot-through X-Ray generator including a suitable anode cooling system. The project is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security.
Spacesuit life support development Phase II. The project is sponsored by the CT Space Grant Consortium.
Spacesuit life support development Phase I. The project is sponsored by the CT Space Grant Consortium.
Investigation of the use of hollow fiber membranes for evaporative heat rejection in spacesuit applications. The project was sponsored by the CT Space Grant Consortium.
Demonstration and Performance Assessment of a Net Zero Energy School Building in Wyoming. Sponsored by Wyoming State Energy Commission.
Assessment of Thermal Stresses in Asphalt Pavements due to Environmental Conditions including Freeze and Thaw Cycles. Sponsored through Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute and MPC of DOT.
Assessment of Temperature Fluctuations in Asphalt Pavements Due to Thermal Environmental Conditions using a Two-Dimensional, Transient Finite Difference Approach. Sponsored by Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute and Mountain Plains Consortium of DOT.
Feasibility of Generating Electricity using Thermal Energy Extracted from existing Underground Coal and Waste Bank Fires. Sponsored by NSF-STTR.
Performance Evaluation of an Evaporative Cooling Application using Forced Fluid Flows through Fiber Membranes. Sponsored by NSF-EPSCOR.
Underground Thermal Storage of Solar Energy using Vertical U-Tube Boreholes.
Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump Systems - Model and Procedure Development for Thermally Imbalanced Residential, Commercial and Institutional Buildings.
O’Connor, D. J., C. Yavuzturk, J. E. Fuller. 2011. Simulation of the Thermal performance of the Net-Zero Energy Potential in Performing Arts Buildings – Achieving Net-Zero Conditions in Retrofit. Submitted for publication to ASHRAE Transactions. In review.
Janeborvorn, Y., T. P. Filburn, C. Yavuzturk, E. K. Ungar. 2010. Thermal Performance Model for Spacesuit Waste Heat Rejection using Water Membrane Evaporators. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications. Volume 2, Issue 3. 031008 (10 Pages).
Johnson, D.W., C. Yavuzturk, A. S. Rangappa. 2010. Formaldehyde Removal from Air during Membrane Air Humidification Evaporative Cooling: Effects of Contactor Design and Operating Conditions. The Journal of Membrane Science, 354 (2010):55-62.
Chiasson, A. D., C. Yavuzturk, D. W. Johnson, T. P. Filburn. 2010. Optimization of the Ground Thermal Response in Hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump Systems. ASHRAE Transactions 116(1):512-524.
Yavuzturk, C., A. D. Chiasson, J. E. Nydahl. 2009. Simulation Model for Ground Loop Heat Exchangers. ASHRAE Transactions 115(2):45-59.
Chiasson, A. D., C. Yavuzturk. 2009. A Design Tool for Hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump Systems in Heating-Dominated Buildings. ASHRAE Transactions 115(2):60-73.
Chiasson, A. D., C. Yavuzturk. 2009. A Design Tool for Hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump Systems in Cooling-Dominated Buildings. ASHRAE Transactions 115(2):74-87.
Chiasson, A.D., C. Yavuzturk, K. Ksaibati. 2008. Linearized Approach for Predicting Thermal Stresses in Asphalt Pavements Due to Environmental Conditions”. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. Vol.20, Number 2, pp.118-127.
Hedges, K. E., A. S. Denzer, C. Yavuzturk, 2007. "The Solar Decathlon: Lessons Learned in the Construction Management of a Transportable Solar House," 4th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC-04), Melbourne, Australia.
Chiasson, A. D., C. Yavuzturk, D.E. Walrath. 2007. Evaluation of Electricity Generation from Underground Coal Fires and Waste Banks. ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology. Volume 129, Issue 2, pp.81-88.
Spitler, J.D., X. Liu, S.J. Rees, C. Yavuzturk. 2005. Simulation and Optimization of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems. 8th International Energy Agency Heat Pump Conference. Las Vegas. May 30-June 2.
Yavuzturk, C., K. Ksaibati. 2005. Assessment of Temperature Fluctuations in Asphalt Pavements due to Thermal Environmental Conditions using a Two-Dimensional, Transient Finite Difference Model. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. Vol. 17, Number 4, pp.465-475.
Chiasson, A. D., C. Yavuzturk. 2003. Assessment of the Viability of Hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump Systems with Solar Thermal Collector. ASHRAE Transactions 109(2):487-500.
Spitler, J.D., X. Liu, S.J. Rees, C. Yavuzturk. 2003. Simulation and Design of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems. Journal of Shandong University of Architecture and Engineering. 18(1):1-10.
Johnson, D.W., C. Yavuzturk, J. G. Pruis. 2003. Evaporative Cooling with Hollow Fiber Membranes. The Journal of Membrane Science, 227, 1-2(2003):159-171.
Yavuzturk, C., A. D. Chiasson. 2002. Performance Analysis of U-Tube, Concentric Tube and Standing Column Well Ground Heat Exchangers Using a Borehole Simulation Model. ASHRAE Transactions 108(1): 925-938.
Sommer, K., C. Yavuzturk. 2001-02. Comparison of North American and European Heating Load Calculation Procedures for Commercial Buildings. Proceedings of the Deutscher Kaelte und Klimatechnisher Verein (German Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute). Stuttgart, Germany.
Yavuzturk, C., J.D. Spitler. 2001. Field Validation of a Short Time Step Model for Vertical Ground-Loop Heat Exchangers. ASHRAE Transactions 107(1): 617-625.
Spitler, J. D., C. Yavuzturk, S. J. Rees. 2000 In Situ Measurement of Ground Thermal Properties. Proceedings of Terrastock 2000. Stuttgart, Germany. Vol. 1, pp. 165-170
Yavuzturk, C., J. D. Spitler. 2000. Comparative Study to Investigate Operating and Control Strategies for Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pumps. ASHRAE Transactions 106(2): 192-209.
Spitler, J. D., S. J. Rees, C. Yavuzturk. 2000 Recent Developments in Ground Source Heat Pump System Design Modeling and Applications. Proceedings of CIBSE/ASHRAE Joint Conference Dublin September 2000, "20/20" Vision, Dublin, Ireland. Session 9a, Paper A28, p.34.
Austin, W. A., C. Yavuzturk, J. D. Spitler. 2000. Development of an In-Situ System and Analysis Procedure for Measuring Ground Thermal Properties. ASHRAE Transactions 106(1): 365-379.
Spitler, J. D., S. Rees, C. Yavuzturk 1999. More Comments on In-Situ Borehole Thermal Conductivity Testing. The Source, International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), March/April, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Yavuzturk, C., J. D. Spitler, S. J. Rees. 1999. A Transient two-dimensional Finite Volume Model for the Simulation of Vertical U-Tube Ground Heat Exchangers. ASHRAE Transactions 105(2): 465-474.
Yavuzturk, C., J. D. Spitler. 1999. A Short Time Step Response Factors Model for Vertical Ground Loop Heat Exchangers. ASHRAE Transactions 105(2): 475:485.
Yavuzturk, C. 1999. Modeling of Ground Loop Heat Exchangers for Ground Source Heat Pump Systems. Doctoral Thesis. College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. Oklahoma State University.
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating,
Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)
ASES (American Solar Energy Society)
IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association)
IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association)
AEE (The Association of Energy Engineers)
VDI (Association of German Engineers)
Professional Society Service
Chair and Voting Member of the ASHRAE Solar Energy Utilization Technical Committee 6.7.
Former Chair of Programs of the ASHRAE Solar Energy Utilization Technical Committee 6.7.
Former Chair of Research and current Voting Member of the ASHRAE Geothermal Energy Utilization Technical Committee 6.8.
Member of the ASHRAE Evaporative Cooling Technical Committee 5.7.
Member of the ASHRAE Load Calculation Data and Procedures Technical Committee 4.1.
Member of the ASHRAE Energy Calculations Technical Committee 4.7.
Member of the University of Hartford Clinical Contract Committee (College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture Representative). April 2010 – present.
Member of the University of Hartford College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture Strategic Planning Committee. April 2010 – present.
Faculty Advisor of the University of Hartford ASHRAE Student Branch. September 2009 – present.
ES 242, Engineering by Design
ME 337, Thermodynamics II
ME 430, Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration
ME 432, Energy Conversion Systems Design
ME 472, Capstone Design Project
ME 607, Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering
MET 236, Statics
MET 473, Heat Transfer Engineering + Laboratory