faculty:

Kenneth Bryden
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
VRAC Faculty Affiliate and HCI Graduate Faculty

 

Department: Mechanical Engineering
College: Engineering
Phone: 294-3891
Contact: , home page

Dr. Bryden’s primary research interests are in the areas of thermal systems virtual engineering, numerical modeling of biomass combustion, and the development and improvement of biomass cookstoves for the poor. The engineering problems he is currently pursuing include the development of virtual pilot plants for the power generation and chemical processing industries and human-in-the-loop solutions for optimization and control, thermal system design, and maintenance. The goal of this research is to develop detailed simulations of industrial products and decision-making processes. These simulations will be presented within a virtual environment, which will become the focus point of all information available at all stages of the decision making process. This requires that several technologies, including computational modeling, systems analysis, real time analysis, and virtual reality, be coupled together to create comprehensive simulations that can be accessed by multiple users in real time.

Dr. Bryden came to ISU from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he completed his Ph.D. in numerical modeling of biomass combustion systems in 1998 after 14 years of working in industry.

Research:

Deere Analytics: Improved Product Development Efficiency thorugh Linked Information Gathering

Creating Interactive GIS Tools for Defining Regions of Interest in MinervaGIS

Extensible Virtual Engineering Tools for Improved Product Design

Developing Tools for the Design of Multiphase Flows

Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership - Biomass Residue Removal

Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership - Biomass Residue Removal

Integration of Real-Time User Controlled Image Capture Tools

Extensible Virtual Engineering Tools for Improved Product Design

Creating an Information Dashboard to Explore Market Data For Enhanced Portfolio Creation and Management

Biomass Feedstock Assembly to Gasification Process Computational Interface

Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership - Biomass Residue Removal

Developing Sustainable off-Grid Energy Systems in Rural Mali

Investigation of the Behavior of Mercury Compounds in Coal Fired Boilers

Development of Real-Time Graphics Tools for High Fidelity CD Data

Graphical User Interface for Fire Modeling Codes

Biomass Feedstock Assembly to Gasification Process Computational Interface Development

Mapping Sound to 3-D Virtual Materials: a real-time touch sensitive instrument for Virtual Engineering and Electroacoustic Music

Develop an Optimized Air System for the Two-row Cotton Picker

Virtual Advanced Power Training Environments

Development of Integrated Virtual Engineering Tools

Development of Integrated Virtual Engineering Tools

Graphical User Interface for Fire Modeling Codes (DOD SBIR)

Portable Virtual Reality System

High Density Sensor Network Development

Business Decisions Within a Virtual Environment [with Tom Buhr (AMS), Brian Gilmore (Deere & Company), Jerry Duncan (Deere & Company)]

Full Virtual Build - Phase 2: Optimal Machine Configuration Tool

Analysis of Gas Turbine Thermal Performances

Effective Integration of Thin Film

Development of Integrated Virtual Engineering Tools to Facilitate Unique High-Level Decision Making Capabilities

Multiphase Analysis and Fluid/thermal System Integration

Full Virtual Build - Phase 1: Optional Machine Configuration Tool

Engineering Analysis Based Data Compression

Full Virtual Build - Phase 0: Project Initiation

Development of a Large-scale Virtual Reality Facility and Virtual Science Program

Development of Computational Mass and Energy Balance Models for Animal Manure Treatment Processes

Development of New Bio-engineering Training Software

Demonstrate an Interactive Virtual Engineering Environment for Assessing the Impact of Fire in Air

Developing Virtual Engineering Tools for Livestock Production

Developing Virtual Engineering Tools for Hoop Swine Housing

Interactive Fluid System Visualization and Analysis

An Atonal Approach to Sonification of Scientific and Engineering Data

Multi-Component Harvesting Equipment for Inexpensive Sugars from Crop Residues

Development of Rapid Solutions for Reacting Flows

Learner Connections in Biotechnology: Virtual Bioprocess

Comparative Visualization of Experimental and Computational Biomass Separation Data

Computational Modeling of a Tangentially Fired Pulverized Coal Furnace: Phase 2

Advanced Simulator Networking for Vehicle and Equipment Distributed Product Design

Development of Virtual Power Plants

Modeling for Biomass Cookstoves for Developing Nations

Investigation of Interactive Design of Fluids and Heat Transfer Systems within a Virtual Environment

Computational Modeling of a Tangentially Fired Pulverized Coal Furnace: Phase I

News:

07-08-2010
VRAC researchers win third R&D 100 award in five years for osgBullet.

01-07-2008
Military Broadens Use of Virtual Reality

05-01-2007
AMES LABORATORY LAUNCHES NEW RESEARCH PROGRAM: Researchers study simulation, modeling and decision science

12-14-2006
President's Report: 'Where Breakthroughs Happen'

07-20-2006
Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers win R&D 100 Award

07-20-2006
Software receives 'Oscar of applied science'

05-08-2006
The most realistic virtual reality room in the world

02-24-2006
Student success: Undergraduates tackle important research

12-14-2005
Coming Soon: High-tech tools designed to wear well (Solarjo Power Purse)

11-01-2005
Virtual Engineering: In powerful new workspaces, the next-generation power plant is only the beginning.

10-04-2005
Soon, solar purse could do the charging: ISU designer melds talents in fashion, engineering

08-04-2005
Charges to go

04-01-2005
Computers in engineering: Virtual engineering for design today

02-01-2005
Virtual Engineering Fosters Real Collaboration

12-02-2004
The Virtual Workspace

12-01-2004
Virtual farms

12-01-2004
The Virtual Workspace

10-05-2004
Virtual reality aims to improve designs of livestock housing

02-01-2004
"Flowing Into the Future"