Ned (Nedjib) Djilali

B.Sc. (Eng.) (Hertfordshire), D.I.C. (Imperial College), M.Sc (London), Ph.D. (British Columbia), P. Eng., Fellow CSME, Fellow CAE, Mem. AIAA, Mem. ASME, Mem. CFDSC, Mem. ECS

Canada Research Chair in Advanced Energy Systems Design and Computational Modelling, and
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Institute for Integrated Energy Systems University of Victoria,
PO Box 3055
Victoria, BC Canada V8W 3P6

Tel: (250) 721 - 6034
Fax: (250) 721 - 6323

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I am a Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, and hold the Canada Research Chair in Energy Systems and Computaional Modelling. I received a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield Polytechnic), UK; a Master's degree in Aeronautics from Imperial College, UK; and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Prior to joining UVic in 1991, I was an Aerodynamicist with the Canadair Aerospace Division, Bombardier Inc., in Montreal. At UVic I have taught and developed research programs in thermofluids, computational fluid dynamics, transport phenomena, fuel cells and energy systems. I have also served as Associate Dean of Engineering, Executive Director of IESVic (Institute for Integrated Energy Systems), President of the CFD Society of Canada, and Interim Director of PICS (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions). I am a member of several research networks, including WESNet and H2Can, and collaborate with leading researchers in Canada, the US, Europe and China.

My current research interests center around fuel cell technology and sustainable energy systems. The fuel cell related research combines experiments, theoretical modelling and numerical simulations of a variety of transport phenomena (fluid, flow, heat and mass transfer, charged species transport) using laser diagnostics, fibre optic sensors, advanced microscopy, computational fluid dynamics and other simulation tools. The work is aimed at reducing cost and improving durability of fuel cells, and at innovative design of components and stack architectures.

The energy systems work focuses on integration of renewable energy in the electricity grid, including investigation of smart grid technology and demand side management strategies. The objectives are to identify and analyze control and integration approaches that can mitigate the variability of wind and enhance the economics of large scale wind penetration.


Undergraduate courses taught

Mech 345 - Fluid Mechanics I
Mech 392 - Fluid Mechanics II
Mech 395 - Heat and Mass Transfer
Mech 449 - Fuel Cell Technology
Mech 495 - Computational Fluid Dynamics
Mech 499 - Projects

Graduate courses taught

Mech 531 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Mech 535 - Computational Fluid Dynamics & Heat Transfer
Mech 549 - Fuel Cell Technology
Mech 580 - Energy Systems
Mech 590 - Engineering Turbulence Modelling


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My research interests cover the broad areas of fluid mechanics and transport phenomena and their application in energy systems, and energy systems modelling and optimization. Current projects include:

  • Fuel Cell Diagnostics and Durability
  • Computational Fuel Cell Engineering
  • Microscale Fuel Cells
  • Turbulent Dispersion of Hydrogen Jets
  • Single and Two-Phase Tranpsort in Porous Media and Microchannels
  • Integration of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Demand Side Management and Smart Grids

For further details on these projects and available research facilities go to IESVic

Other Current/Recent Activities and Services

Associate Editor, ASME J. Fuel Cell Science & Technology
Editorial Board, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy
Past President , CFD Society of Canada
Advisory Board, National Research Council Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation
, ISTP 2009
Technical Programme Committee, 2005 World Hydrogen Technologies Convention
Board, Hydrogen Canada Strategic Research Network (H2Can)
Theme Leader and Scientific Committee, Wind Energy Strategic Network (WESNet)
Program Committee, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)

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