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Prof Hanno Reuter

​​Professor : Thermo-Fluid Division

Dr Hanno Reuter is currently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Thermo-Fluid Division. He is doing research on the performance evaluation and enhancement of industrial cooling systems with the focus on thermal power plants and mechanical and natural draft wet cooling towers. His fields of interest includes CFD, energy systems and industrial cooling systems.


Academic Qualifications

  • BEng (Mechanical), Stellenbosch, 1991
  • MEng (Mechanical), Stellenbosch, 1994
  • PhD (Mechanical) Stellenbosch 2010

 

Professional Experience

2003 to 2016:

Stellenbosch University
Snr Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Thermo-Fluid Division)
Lecturer of the following Thermo-Fluids subjects: Energy Systems, Fluid Mechanics, Thermofluid dynamics, and Fundamentals of Food Engineering.
Thesis supervisor of undergraduate (final year projects) and postgraduate (MEng, MScEng and PhD) student projects.
Industry consultant doing mainly design audits, tests and technology development for the owners and suppliers of industrial cooling systems.
Researcher doing fundamental research on the performance evaluation and enhancement of natural draught cooling systems. Completed a PhD with the following title: Performance evaluation of natural draught cooling towers with anisotropic fills (https://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/780)
Conference chair and organiser of the 14th IAHR Cooling tower and air-cooled heat exchanger conference held in Stellenbosch December 2009.

2000-2002:

Alstom Power (Switzerland) Ltd
Performance/Thermodynamic Design Engineer
Thermodynamic design, performance calculation and technical sales of industrial combined cycle power plants larger than 100MWe. Expert on air-cooled condenser systems.

2000-2002:ABB Alstom Power (Switzerland) Ltd
Technical Sales/ Project Engineer
Team Leader for Air-cooled Condenser Cost Reduction Program and Work Package

Technical sales of the main process (water/steam cycle) for industrial combined cycle power plants larger than 100MWe, mainly for cogeneration systems. Expert on air-cooled condenser systems.
1999-2000:

Jäggi/ Güntner (Switzerland) Ltd
Sales Engineer
Thermal design, tendering, commercial and technical sales, procurement, execution and testing of hybrid dry cooling systems for mainly the air-conditioning, refrigeration and automotive industries.

1998-1999:

Jäggi/ Güntner (Switzerland) Ltd
Manager: Engineering and Contracts
Design, procurement, execution, construction and testing of heat exchangers and cooling systems for mainly the gas turbine, chemical, pharmaceutical, air-conditioning, refrigeration, beer and automotive industries.

1995-1998:GEA Aircooled Systems (Pty) Ltd
Manager: Thermal Design
Thermal design and execution of heat exchangers and cooling systems for mainly the power generation, petrochemical, chemical, steel and heavy industries.
1995:TF Design cc
Project Engineer
Design, procurement, execution and construction of timber drying kilns and experimental and performance measurements air-conditioning systems.

 

Fields of Research

  • Performance evaluation and enhancement of industrial cooling systems and thermal power plants.

 

Fields of Interest

  • CFD
  • Energy Systems
  • Industrial Cooling Systems

Patent

1. J Botha, R T Dobson & J P Driver-Jowitt. Dorsiflextion of Foot Device. South African Patent 2003.

Research Outputs

1. Reuter, HC, Performance evaluation of natural draught cooling towers with anisotropic fills, PhD Thesis (https://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/780), Stellenbosch University, 2010
2. Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Performance evaluation of natural draught wet-cooling towers, ANSYS-FLUENT User Conference, Stellenbosch, 2010.
3. Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., A new two-dimensional CFD model to predict the performance of natural draft wet-cooling towers packed with trickle or splash fills, ASME IHTC, Washington, 2010.
4. Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Computational Models for Predicting Cooling Tower Fill Performance in Cross-counterflow Configuration, ASME IHTC, Washington, 2010.
5. Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Evaluation and performance prediction of cooling tower spray zones, ASME IHTC, Washington, 2010.
6. Ehlers, C, and Reuter, H.C.R., Performance modelling and evaluation of a full-scale natural draft wet-cooling tower, 14th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference, Stellenbosch, Dec 2009.
7. Terblanche, R, Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Drop size distribution and performance prediction in a rain zone test facility, 14th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference, Stellenbosch, Dec 2009.
8. Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Two-dimensional CFD model for natural draught wet-cooling towers with any spray, fill and rain zone configuration, 14th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference, Stellenbosch, Dec 2009.
9. Reuter, H.C., Viljoen, and D.J., Kröger, D.G., Evaluation and performance prediction of cooling tower spray zones, 14th IAHR Cooling Tower and Air-cooled Heat Exchanger Conference, Stellenbosch, Dec 2009.
10. Terblanche, R., Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Drop size distribution below different wet-cooling tower fills, Applied Thermal Engineering, v 29, n 8-9, p 1552-1560, June 2009.
11. Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Effects of wettability on the performance of cross-fluted counterflow film fill and the drop size distribution under the fill, R&D Journal of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering, v25, 2009.
12. Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Influence of structural design configurations on natural draught cooling tower performance, Africomp, 2009.
13. Reuter, H.C., Viljoen, and D.J., Kröger, D.G., Evaluation and performance prediction of cooling tower spray zones, Africomp, 2009.
14. Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Influence of structural design configurations on natural draught cooling tower performance, 3rd International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, Cape Town, Sept 2007.
15. Reuter, H.C., Pierce, D.J., and Kröger, D.G., CFD modelling of a counterflow rain zone in wet cooling towers, FLUENT User Conference, Pretoria, March 2006.
16. Reuter, H.C., and Kröger, D.G., Effects of wettability on the performance of cross-fluted counterflow film fill and the drop size distribution under the fill, 13th IAHR Cooling Tower Conference, Poitier, France, June 2005.
17. Reuter, H.C. and Kröger, D.G., Pressure Change and Flooding in Vertical and Inclined Tubes During Reflux Condensation of Steam, The 9th International Symposium on Transport Phenomena in Thermal Fluid Engineering (ISTP-9), Vol. 2, pp. 727-732, Singapore, June 1996.
18. Reuter, H.C. and Kröger, D.G., Pressure Change and Flooding in Vertical and Inclined Tubes During Reflux Condensation of Steam, Proceedings 10th IAHR Cooling Tower and Spray Pond Symposium, Tehran, Iran, April, 1996.
19. Reuter, H.C.R., et al., Evaluation of Two Cooling Tower Splash Fills, South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering R+D Journal, Volume 8 No.2, Special Centenary Edition, July 1992.