Zachary Allen

Mentor: Dr. Michael Braddock
College of Engineering
"I got involved in research to enhance my education and experience in the field of mechanical engineering. I am looking forward to learning new testing and evaluation methods which correlate with and expand upon my curriculum."


Mechanical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials

Academic Awards

  • John W. and Mittie Collins Engineering Scholarship, 2014
  • C. Addison & Annie C. Pound Scholarship, 2013
  • Steve Hargrave Memorial Scholarship, 2013.
  • President’s Honor Roll, 2012


  • Formula Society of Automotive Engineers

Hobbies and Interests

  • Automotive
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Running
  • Music

Research Description

An Empirical and Numerical Study of Heat Exchangers in Automotive Applications
The goal of this research project is to quantify the heat flux though the radiator core used on the UF Formula SAE vehicle. This study will focus on experimentally determining the mass flow rate of air through the core to generate a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of the porous medium, which will be used to evaluate radiator placement and ducting. A heat transfer model will also be generated using empirical data to ensure healthy system and vehicle operation temperatures.