Mélanie Tétreault-Friend

Assistant Professor
Mélanie Tétreault-Friend
Contact Information

Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 158

Email address: 
melanie.tetreault-friend [at] mcgill.ca
  • PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.Sc. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.Eng. McGill University
  • MECH 240: Thermodynamics 1 (Winter 2019)
Research areas: 
Combustion and Energy Systems
Selected publications: 
  • M. Tetreault-Friend, M. Diago Martinez, T. Cooper, L. Gray, A. Slocum, A Floating Modular Cover for High Temperature Open-Tank Molten Salt Solar-thermal Volumetric Receivers, Solar Energy (under review).
  • M. Tetreault-Friend, L. Gray, S. Berdibek, T. McKrell, A. Slocum, Optical Properties of High Temperature Molten Salts Mixtures for Volumetrically Absorbing Solar Thermal Receiver Applications, Solar Energy (2017).
  • M. Tetreault-Friend, R. Azizian, M. Bucci, J. Buongiorno, T. McKrell, M. Rubner, R. Cohen, Critical Heat Flux Maxima Resulting from Controlled Morphology of Nanoporous Hydrophilic Surface Layers, Applied Physics Letters (2016).
  • M. Tetreault-Friend, T. McKrell, E. Baglietto, A. Gil, A. Slocum, N. Calvet, Optical property characterization of molten salt mixtures for thermal modeling of volumetrically absorbing solar receiver applications, AIP conference proceedings 1850 (2017).
  • A. Gil, G. Grange, V. Perez, M. Tetreault-Friend, D. Codd, N. Calvet, A. Slocum, CSPonD demonstration project: Start-up process of a 25 kW prototype, AIP conference proceedings 1850 (2017).
Current research: 
  • Concentrated solar power
  • Molten salt nuclear reactor (MSR) thermal-hydraulics
  • Molten salt solar-thermal receivers
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Optical property characterization
  • High temperature heat transfer fluids
Areas of interest: 

Thermal energy systems: My core research area is in thermal-fluids in sustainable and low-carbon energy technologies. Carbon-free thermal energy sources such as solar and nuclear paired with technologies using high temperature (>400°C) heat transfer fluids such as molten salts and synthetic oils are promising alternatives that could achieve high thermal efficiencies. Examples include molten salt solar receivers, thermal energy storage, Generation IV nuclear reactors, and salt-cooled fusion reactors. Improving thermal-hydraulics analyses and predictions is crucial in order realize major safety, reliability, and economic breakthroughs in these technologies.

I focus on advanced experimental and applied computational methods for radiative heat transfer in high temperature heat transfer fluids. My group’s research involves developing methods to measure the thermal radiation absorption and scattering optical properties of high temperature fluids, developing and carrying-out lab-scale experiments to investigate the mechanisms governing the interaction between radiation and convection in volumetrically heated fluids used in solar and nuclear applications, and using the experimental data to develop computational and analytical models to improve system efficiencies.

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