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Lane Carasik, Ph.D. - VCU College of Engineering. Richmond, VA, US

Lane Carasik, Ph.D. Lane Carasik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering | VCU College of Engineering


Professor Carasik researches computational and experimental thermal hydraulics and is the Director of the FAST Research Group.


Industry Expertise (3)




Areas of Expertise (4)

Additive Manufacturing

Advanced Reactor Design

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Verification and Validation

Accomplishments (2)

2020 ASME Lewis F. Moody Award (professional)


Awarded for the paper, "Calculation of Friction Factors and Nusselt Numbers for Twisted Elliptical Tube Heat Exchangers using NEK5000" (FEDSM2018-83477) for being an "Outstanding original paper useful to the practice of mechanical engineering"

ASME Computational Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee Best Paper Award 2018 (professional)


Awarded for the paper, "FEDSM2018-83477 Calculation of Friction Factors and Nusselts Numbers for Twisted Elliptical Tube Heat Exchangers Using NEK5000" by D. R. Shaver, L. B Carasik, E. Merzari, N. Salpeter, and E. Blandford

Education (3)

Texas A&M University: Doctor of Philosophy, Nuclear Engineering 2017

University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Bachelors of Science, Nuclear Engineering 2012

Middle Georgia State University: Associates of Science, Mathematics 2010

Affiliations (3)

  • American Nuclear Society (ANS)
  • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Media Appearances (1)

New Year, New Committee, Diversity and Inclusion in ANS

American Nuclear Society (Nuclear Cafe)  online


As I write this, I’m excited to know the future of the American Nuclear Society will involve the activities and efforts of the newly formed Diversity and Inclusion in ANS (DIA) Committee. The DIA Committee was formed after the 2018 Annual Meeting by expanding the Professional Women in ANS (PWANS) committee with the inclusion of Nuclear Pride, a LGBTQA+ nuclear organization. It is dedicated to giving a voice to all underrepresented and marginalized groups within ANS, including, but not limited to, women, persons of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities. This new committee is the result of the combined efforts of several people over several years to ensure all of these groups, named and not named, have a voice. See url for full article.

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Research Grants (1)

Jeffress Trust Award in Interdisciplinary Research

The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, Bank of America, Trustee $104,500


Advanced energy systems such as concentrated solar, nuclear, or geothermal energy use heat transfer equipment (heat exchangers) to transfer heat from heat generation components to power conversion components. Commonly, heat exchangers consist of two working fluids that are separated by tubes, plates, or other surfaces. These surfaces can be modified through heat transfer enhancements (HTE) to increase the heat transfer and overall efficiency of the heat exchanger. Any meaningful increase in the efficiency of heat exchangers can lead to improved economics (capital, operating & maintenance costs) of the advanced energy system. In this project, we will use a combined experimental and computational effort that will integrate state‐of‐the‐art additive manufacturing and mathematical models for investigating new and existing HTEs in tubular molten salt heat exchangers. The experimental effort will build upon our previous work in the integral measurements of heat transfer and pressure drop in heat transfer enhanced tubes through the integration of additively manufactured tubes. The computational effort will involve state‐of‐the‐art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools such as the Department of Energy’s Nek5000 code for predicting integral and whole field information in the HTEs. The results of this work will: (1) expand the design space information (pressure drop & heat transfer) of the selected heat transfer enhancement, (2) integrate additive manufacturing of plastic components and set the foundation for metallic additive manufactured parts, (3) validate methodology for using computational fluid dynamics to predict integral behavior of the selected HTE and (4) provide the foundation for future CFD investigations of additional HTEs made possible through additive manufacturing.

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Courses (2)

EGMN 301- Fluid Mechanics

Spring 2020 | Spring 2021

EGMN 456 - Reactor Systems and Design

Fall 2020

Selected Articles (2)

Calculation of Friction Factors and Nusselt Numbers for Twisted Elliptical Tube Heat Exchangers Using Nek5000

ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering

Dillon R. Shaver, Lane B. Carasik, Elia Merzari, Nate Salpeter and Edward Blandford


DOI: 10.1115/1.4042889

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Simulations of Twin Turbulent Planar-Like Jets Injected Into a Large Volume Using RANS

ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering

Lane B. Carasik, Huhu Wang and Yassin A. Hassan


DOI: 10.1115/1.4040231

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