Laboratory of Applied Multiphase Thermal Engineering (LAMTE)

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
What the facility does

Research in thermal fluids, with an emphasis on thermal storage (phase change materials) renewable energy and applied heat transfer (electronics cooling, temperature management and control, etc.)

Areas of expertise

The Laboratory of Applied Multiphase Thermal Engineering (LAMTE) specializes in both fundamental and applied thermal fluid research. The main area of expertise is in phase change heat transfer processes and materials for use in thermal storage and/or temperature control systems; for example storage of thermal energy from solar panels or waste heat.  This makes it the only laboratory in the country directly dedicated to the study and applications of phase change processes from the heat transfer side of the process.

The expertise extents to applied thermal processes with a lot of work done on temperature control of electronic components. Research problems are tackled experimentally and numerically (finite element, finite volume, CFD) and lead to design of innovative solutions, also performed in the lab.

Research related to Ocean Engineering (tidal energy, sensor design, etc.) is also performed, mainly through the use of advanced CFD to study such systems and help optimize designs.

Research services

Numerical modeling and study of thermal fluid problems, design of advanced innovative thermal solutions, experimental testing of thermal related products or processes

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Clean technology
  • Defence and security industries
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Ocean industries
Environmental ChamberTesting from -50 to 220°C at various relative humidity
Thermal Storage System Testing WorkbenchHot and cold water loop for characterization of thermal storage devices
Numerical ComputingThree 32 core/128 Gb RAM computer for CFD and heat transfer simulations, with numerous smaller computers


  • Scotian Windfield Inc.
  • Michelin North America Inc.
  • Lunenburg Foundry and Engineering Limited
  • Fundy Tidal Inc.
  • Raytheon US
  • Raytheon Canada Ltd.
  • Intel Corporation
  • Pole Co Ltd
  • Internat Energy Solutions Canada
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Ocean Sonics Ltd.
  • Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • Australian Maritime College
  • École de Technologie Supérieure (Montréal)
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Nova Scotia Community College