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W. Travis Horton

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering with Courtesy Appointment in Mechanical Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP G219 (Teaching) / HLAB 2030 (Research)
Phone: (765) 494-6098
Email: wthorton@purdue.edu

Specialty Area(s)

Personal Web Site
http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~wthorton/Purdue/Home.html

Education
Utah State University, Logan, UT
August 1989 - August 1995
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Utah State University, Logan, UT
August 1995 - March 1997
M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Thesis: A Lightweight, Semi-flexible, Composite Thermal Link
Thesis Advisor: J. Clair Batty

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
August 1996 - May 2002
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Thesis: Modeling of Secondary Loop Refrigeration Systems in Supermarket Applications
Thesis Advisor: Eckhard A. Groll

Professional Registration
Professional Engineer, P.E. Michigan License #6201052644
Universal Refrigerant Technician Certification, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Publications


  • Horton, W.T., and E.A. Groll, "Analysis of a Medium-Temperature Secondary Loop Refrigerating System," ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 107, Pt. 2, 2001, pp. 459-465.


  • Lust, E.E., Horton, W.T., and R. Radermacher, "A Review and Cost Comparison of Current Idle-Reduction Technology," ASME Proceedings | Renewable and Advanced Energy Systems, POWER2008-60142, pp. 715-726.


  • Ruan, W., and W.T. Horton, "Long Term Model-Based Performance of Ground Heat Exchangers," ASHRAE HVAC&R Research Journal, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 284-296, 2011.


  • Ruan, W., Horton, W.T., and M. Qu., "Modeling Analysis of an Enthalpy Recovery Wheel with Purge Air," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. Vol. 55, Issues 17-18, pp. 4665-4672. August 2012.


  • Ruan, W., and W.T. Horton, "Thermal Network Model for Variable Flow Ground Heat Exchanger Systems," ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 118, Issue 1, pp. 550-557, August 2012.


  • Bell, I.H., Lemort, V., Groll, E.A., Braun, J.E., Horton, W.T., and G.B. King, "Liquid-Flooded Compression and Expansion in Scroll Machines -- Part I: Model Development," International Journal of Refrigeration. Vol. 35, Issue 7, pp. 1878-1889. November 2012.


  • Bell, I.H., Lemort, V., Groll, E.A., Braun, J.E., Horton, W.T., and G.B. King, "Liquid Flooded Compression and Expansion in Scroll Machines -- Part II: Experimental Testing and Model Validation," International Journal of Refrigeration. Vol. 35, Issue 7, pp. 1890-1900. November 2012.


  • Bell, I.H., Lemort, V., Groll, E.A., Braun, J.E., Horton, W.T., and G.B. King, "Optimization of a Scroll Compressor for Liquid Flooding," International Journal of Refrigeration. Vol. 35, Issue 7, pp. 1901-1913. November 2012.


  • Nyika, S., Holloway, S.O., Horton, W.T. and J.E. Braun, "Generalized Performance Maps for Variable-Speed Residential Heat Pumps," ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 119 Issue 1, pp.1-8. August 2013. 1st Tier category.


  • Bach, C.K., Groll, E.A., Braun, J.E., and W.T. Horton, "Application of a hybrid control of expansion valves to a domestic heat pump and a walk-in cooler refrigeration system," ASHRAE HVAC&R Research Journal, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 800-813, October 2013.


  • Bell, I.H., Groll, E.A., Braun, J.E., and W.T. Horton, "Experimental Testing of an Oil-Flooded Hermetic Scroll Compressor," International Journal of Refrigeration. Vol. 36, Issue 7, pp. 1866-1873, November 2013.


  • Bell, I.H., Groll, E.A., Braun, J.E., and W.T. Horton, "A Computationally Efficient Hybrid Leakage Model for Positive Displacement Compressors and Expanders," International Journal of Refrigeration. Vol. 36, Issue 7, pp. 1965-1973. November 2013.


  • Woodland, B.J., Krishna, A., Braun, J.E., Groll, E.A., Horton, W.T., and S.V. Garimella, "Thermodynamic Comparison of Organic Rankine Cycles Employing Liquid-Flooded Expansion or a Solution Circuit," Applied Thermal Engineering. Volume 61, Issue 2, pp. 859-865, November 2013.


  • Bach, C.K., Groll, E.A., Braun, J.E., and W.T. Horton, "Development of a Virtual EXV Flow Sensor for Applications with Two-phase Flow Inlet Conditions," International Journal of Refrigeration. Volume 45, pp. 243-250, September 2014.


  • Bell, I.H., Groll, E.A., Braun, J.E., Horton, W.T., and V. Lemort, "Comprehensive Analytic Solutions for the Geometry of Symmetric Constant-Wall-Thickness Scroll Machines," International Journal of Refrigeration. Volume 45, pp. 223-242, September 2014.


  • Ramaraj, S., Yang, B., Braun, J.E., Groll, E.A., and W.T. Horton, "Experimental Analysis of Oil Flooded R410A Scroll Compressor," International Journal of Refrigeration. Volume 46, pp. 185-195, October 2014.


  • Bach, C.K., Groll, E.A., Braun, J.E., and W.T. Horton, "Mitigation of Air Flow Maldistribution in Evaporators," Applied Thermal Engineering. Volume 73, Issue 1, pp. 879-887, December 2014.