Bio

Contact Information:

UIC Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (M/C 251), 2039 ERF, 842 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Office: Room 2025, ERF

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley (1969)

M.S., Mechanical Engineering
Northwestern University (1966)

B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Washington University (1965)

Dr. France’s research for the past 25 years has been in the area of heat transfer in fluids with a specialization to multi-phase fluids. His work has been both experimental and analytical with emphasis on the former. He has published extensively the results of his research in heat transfer to single-phase fluids, boiling and condensing two-phase flows, particle-gas flows, and ice-water slurry flows. Dr. France’s research includes enhanced heat transfer where he has performed extensive studies over several years in the area of swirl flow enhancement especially for post-CHF flow boiling. He has been part of a collaborative research team pioneering work in the area of heat transfer; two-phase flows in small (1 mm) passages for application in compact heat exchangers. Additionally, his work has involved experimentation with high pressure (16 MPa, 2300 psi) steam-water flows with application to the electric power industry, large industrial boilers, and steam generators. He has performed experimental studies with liquid metals, refrigerants, suspensions of solid particles in gases, and ice-water slurries. Current studies in the Boiling Heat Transfer Laboratory at UIC include enhanced heat transfer to forced convective boiling of refrigerants flowing inside of tubes.

* UIC Teaching Recognition Program Award (1997)

Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), (1995-1996)

Outstanding Advisor Award, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society (1996)

Outstanding Advisor Recognition, National Great Cities Competition (1996)

Member Department of Energy, Expert Technical Review Team (1988)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers-ASME (25 years)

Member grade Am. Soc. Heating Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers-ASHRAE

Faculty advisor to UIC student ASHRAE chapter (1988-1995)

Tau Beta Pi (Faculty advisor 1993- present)

Member, Pi Tau Sigma

Member, Sigma Xi