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Dr. Seamus O'Shaughnessy

Ussher Assistant Professor (Mechanical & Manuf. Eng)

I am a Mechanical Engineer with over 11 years research experience in the field of fluid mechanics and heat transfer. I graduated with first class honours from the Dept. of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity College Dublin in 2006 before pursuing a PhD, during which I studied a form of natural convection termed thermocapillary or Marangoni convection. I used a combination of analytical, numerical, experimental and computational techniques to validate my research findings, which have been published in several peer-reviewed journals. In 2010 I was appointed to the role of Research Fellow in TCD, and since then I have been working on a variety of research projects, many of which involve collaborations with industry partners. Currently I am working with a multinational partner to investigate novel methods of cooling biomedical grade polymers during machining processes. Since 2011, my main research focus has been on sustainable international development. Our research team is involved in a project in Malawi which aims to bring off-grid electricity to those in the developing world by using the waste heat produced during cooking. Termed the muPower TEG-Stove, this research is in its 6th year and growing, with 100 prototype electricity-producing cooking stoves undergoing field trials in 2016. In September 2016 I began my role as Ussher Assistant Professor in Energy & Sustainable International Development. I am currently working towards establishing new projects in this field in countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso and Zambia.
  Applied thermodynamics and energy   BIOMASS ENERGY   Combined Heat and Power Systems   Computer aided engineering   Control Engineering   convective heat transfer   COOLING   Cooling of Manufacturing Processes   Design Engineering   Direct Energy Conversion   Electronic circuit design   Electronic Cooling Techniques   Electronics Cooling   Emission   Energy and Climate Change   Energy from biomass (see Forestry also)   Energy from waste   Energy management system   Energy/Environmental Studies--Developing Coun   Environmental engineering   EVAPORATIVE COOLING   FLUID MECHANICS   Fluids and Heat Transfer   HEAT TRANSFER   Industrial Engineering   INFRARED, GENERAL   Integration of Renewable Energy Systems   International development   JET IMPINGEMENT HEAT TRANSFER   Manufacturing engineering   Renewable energies   Software Engineering   SOLAR ENERGY   Solar, Thermoelectric Conversion   Sustainable Development   Telecommunication Engineering   THERMAL ENERGY   Thermal Engineering   Thermoelectric Generators   Thermoelectricity   THERMOELECTRIC-POWER   TRANSIENT AND UNSTEADY HEAT TRANSFER   Two-phase Flow and Heat Transfer   WATER-IMMERSION COOLING
 The Wanrou Stove Gemerator
 The mPower Stove Generator
 Cryo-milling of biomedical grade polymers
 Solid State Thermal Interface Material
 Valve Feasibility Study

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M.J. Deasy, S. M. O'Shaughnessy*, L. Archer, A.J. Robinson, Electricity Generation from a Biomass Cookstove with MPPT Power Management and Passive Liquid Cooling, Energy for Sustainable Development, 43, 2018, p162 - 172, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
A. Mooney, S.M. O'Shaughnessy, A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Investigation of Natural Convection from a Triangular Array of Isothermal Horizontal Cylinders, 34th International Manufacturing Conference, Insitute of Technology Sligo, Ireland, 30th August 2017, 2017, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
S. M. O'Shaughnessy, A. Sloane, A. Kearns, G. Byrne, D. Trimble, G. E. O'Donnell, Design, characterisation and preliminary performance evaluation of a Peltier-driven cryo-adhesive fixture for manufacturing operations , Materials & Design, 141, 2017, p99 - 109, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
M.J. Deasy, N. Baudin, S. M. O'Shaughnessy, A.J. Robinson, Simulation-Driven Design of a Passive Liquid Cooling System for a Thermoelectric Generator, Applied Energy, 205, 2017, p499 - 510, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
G. Byrne, S.M. O'Shaughnessy, Performance Characteristics and Exhaust Gas Analysis of a Diesel Engine using Biodiesel Fuel Blends, Biofuels, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
M.J. Deasy, M.E. O'Regan-Murphy, A.J. Robinson, S. M. O'Shaughnessy*, Charging Low Power Consumer Products with Thermoelectric Generators, Applied Energy, 2017, Journal Article, SUBMITTED
K.J. Brown, R. Farrelly, S.M. O'Shaughnessy, A.J. Robinson, Energy Efficiency of Electrical Infrared Heating Elements, Applied Energy, 162, 2016, p581 - 588, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
S. M. O'Shaughnessy, M.J. Deasy, V. Doyle, A.J. Robinson, Adaptive Design of a Prototype Electricity-Producing Biomass Cooking Stove, Energy for Sustainable Development , 28, 2015, p41 - 51, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Seamus M O'Shaughnessy, Maurice Deasy; Vincent Doyle; Anthony Robinson, Performance analysis of a prototype small scale electricity-producing biomass cooking stove, Applied Energy, 156, 2015, p566 - 576, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
S. M. O'Shaughnessy, M.J. Deasy, J.V. Doyle, A.J. Robinson , Field Trial Testing of an Electricity-Producing Portable Biomass Cooking Stove in Rural Malawi, Energy for Sustainable Development, 20, (1), 2014, p1 - 10, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL

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Engineers Ireland, TCD/Irish Aid project looking to shine some light in the developing world, 2015, -, Notes: [], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Irish times, Irish invention is giving people in Malawi the power they need, 2015, -, Notes: [available at], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
BBC World News, This is how to charge your phone with a mud oven, 2015, -, Notes: [available at], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Sunday Business Post, TCD generator brings electricity to Malawi's poor, 2013, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Seamus M O'Shaughnessy, Off Grid Electricity for the Developing World, TCD Research Showcase 2011, Trinity College Dublin, 2011, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Seamus M O'Shaughnessy, Anthony Robinson, Bubble Induced Marangoni Convection, Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2008, Poster, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Irish Research Council & Intel Corporation Postdoctoral Enterprise Partnership Scholarship 2011
1st Prize, Poster Presentation, Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium, University of Limerick 2008
Irish Research Council (formerly IRCSET) Embark Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2006