Dr. David W. MacPhee

  • Assistant Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 282 Hardaway
  • Phone: (205) 348-4682

Areas of Research

  • Computational Methods Applied to Energy-related Problems
  • Novel Morphing-blade Wind Turbines
  • Simulation of Thermal Energy Storage Processes


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California - San Diego and San Diego State University
  • M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Mathematics and Engineering, Queens University


Dr. David W. MacPhee’s research is broadly focused on energy efficiency, energy conversion and computational mechanics. More specifically, he is interested in the following areas:

  • Latent and sensible thermal energy storage;
  • 2nd law analysis of thermodynamic systems;
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics (CFD), as applied to wind turbines, flapping wings and turbomachines;
  • Tidal and Wave energy conversion devices;
  • Optimization of passively flexible blades for open and closed turbomachines;
  • Fluid-structure interaction;
  • Computational heat transfer;
  • Open-source computational software development;
  • Manufacturing energy use and efficiency, especially regarding supporting equipment;
  • Micro or meso-scale wind resource mapping using CFD;
  • Pollutant dispersion modeling and simulation;
  • Low-grade waste heat recovery;
  • Concentrated solar power energy storage.

He is also assistant director of the Alabama Industrial Assessment Center.