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Contact

Kevin Prawiranto
PhD student at Empa
Laboratory for Multiscale Studies in Building Physics
Überlandstrasse 129
8600 Dübendorf
Switzerland
tel +41 (0)58 765 46 18
kevin.prawiranto@empa.ch

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Profile

Education

2015 - present: PhD student at ETH Zürich / Empa
2012 - 2014: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
2008 - 2012: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia)

Employment

2014 - 2015: Research Engineer at Chandra Asri Petrochemical (Indonesia)
2014 - 2014: Research Intern at CelSian Glass & Solar (The Netherlands)

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PhD Project

The PhD project is about multiscale studies of solar drying of soft cellular materials, such as fruits. Three different scales, namely cellular scale, product scale, and solar dryer scale, will be analyzed. These multiscale studies rely on both modeling and experiments. At the cellular scale, non-destructive imaging of the microstructure and moisture transport (by X-ray and neutron tomography, respectively) will be combined with finite element modeling to capture coupled water transport with mechanical deformation. This result will be used to obtain up-scaled material properties for a continuum hygro-thermo-mechanical model at the product and solar dryer scale. A coupling to the environment by means of conjugate modeling will be utilized to capture the material interactions with turbulent airflow and radiation exchange.


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Publications

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