Areas of Interest
Dr. Sutton's areas of interest include thermodynamics, heat transfer, and automotive engineering.
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Dr. William H. Sutton is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). He has worked in the energy utilization and in the automotive industries. He designed nuclear and critical service valves and was a senior engineer in nuclear plant design for a utility. His research interests have evolved over the years – originally fundamental and applied combined modes of heat and mass transfer, involving thermal radiation. He consulted in aerospace analysis of rocket performance and plume signatures. He then focused on thermal radiative properties and ways to enhance or protect systems in very high and very low temperature environments. He became an expert in related thermal sensor systems, in optics, and in thermography. In related work with an automotive manufacturer, he began to work with alternative fuels for automotive use – his major current area of interest. He teaches automotive engineering and mechatronics at UTC. He is a member of SAE International and served as chair of an operating board for SAE. He has had funding from NSF, DoE, the Air Force, DoEd, and a number of private companies.