Mechanical & Materials Engineering

A. M. Birk PhD. P. Eng


Room 202A McLaughlin Hall
Phone: (613) 533-2570/2575
FAX: (613) 533-6489

Email: birk2004@me.queensu.ca

Areas of Research

  • Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Heat Transfer
  • Fire Effects on Pressure Vessels
  • Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosions
  • Accidental Releases of Compressed and Pressure Liquefied Gases
  • Gas Turbine Components

Dr. Birk's research activities are closely tied to industrial applications. The following are examples of current research activities.

  • analysis and modelling of accidents involving fires and releases of compressed and liquefied gases
  • computer simulation of pressure vessels in and near fires
  • fire testing of propane pressure vessels
  • model based prognostic health monitoring of micro gas turbines
  • destructive testing of micro gas turbines
  • micro gas turbines for combined heat and power
  • CFD and hot/cold flow testing of specialized gas turbine components
  • thermography applied to impingement/effusion cooling research for gas turbine combustors
  • thermographic inspection techniques
  • FE modelling of laser transmission welding of plastics
  • FE modelling of high temperature stress rupture in pressure vessels

Laboratories and Research Projects

Gas Turbine Laboratory

Thermal Hazards Laboratory

Thermographic Methods Laboratory

BLEVE Research


NSERC, Transportation Development Centre and Transport Dangerous Goods Directorate of Transport Canada, W.R. Davis Engineering Limited, Allied Signal Canada, Pratt and Whitney Canada, Department of National Defense.