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Hayri Sezer

Hayri Sezer

Assistant Professor

College of Engineering and Technology

Engineering and Technology

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2157
Office: 2272157 Belk Building
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Dr. Sezer is an assistant professor of thermal and fluid sciences at Western Carolina University in department of engineering and technology. Dr. Sezer received his B.Sc. degree in physics engineering (2005) and M. Sc. in defence technologies (Material Science) from Istanbul Technical University (2009), and he got his Ph.D. degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from West Virginia University (2014). His research interest is in the field of computational fluid dynamics and its application in combustion, heat and mass transfer, fluid flow, wild land fires, renewable energy technologies, fire dynamics and electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices (Fuel cells and Batteries). He has developed and refined 1D and 3D dynamic solvers for species transport, heat transfer, electrochemical reactions (adsorption and desorption), impedance, polarization and electrical potential for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and sodium sulphur batteries (Na-S). He also has developed a novel model to predict the nickel coarsening in high temperature SOFCs based on electro-migration. His current research is related to computational modeling of liquid atomization, drag coefficient of complex geometries, combustion, fire dynamics and heat transfer mechanisms of 3D direct laser metal sintering.


  • Ph D, West Virginia University, Mechanical Engineering
  • MS, Foreign Institution, Defense Technologies
  • BS, Foreign Institution, Physics Engineering

Teaching Interests

Fluid dynamics, Heat transfer, Thermodynamics, Numerical methods, Computational fluid dynamics, Engineering Mathematics, Introduction to fuel cell technologies, Electrochemical systems

Research Interests

Computational fluid dynamics, Multi-Physics Modeling of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Batteries, Lattice Boltzmann Method, Oil spill cleaning, Wild land fires, Industrial fires and explosions, Flow in the complex structures, Heat transfer in 3D direct laser metal sintering, Cooling/heating, Fire dynamics and safety, Hydrocarbon fuel atomization, NFPA 68 standards

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