Dr. Gorthala joins UNH with over 20 years of industry experience having received funding from DOE, DOD, NASA, NIST, ASHRAE, Long Island Power Authority, Electric Power Research Institute and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. While his research and development interests are diversified (energy, building technologies and polymer composites), his focus is on renewable energy technologies. He has a passion for hands-on K-12 STEM education.
- Concept for advanced pultrusion technology to manufacture polymeric composite materials (U.S. Patent No. 6,007,655)
- Three dimensional advertising display (U.S. Patent No. 6,189,246) (Additional patents being filed)
- Fiber-optic daylighting system (U.S. Patent No. 6,299,317)
- Energy saving residential thermostat (U.S. Patent No. 6,478,084)
- HSTAT, a device for HVAC health status and control (patent filed)
- Non-intrusive duct-lining technology (dubbed duct angioplasty) (patent being filed)
- ME 361- Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems
- ME 404- Heat Transfer
- ME 411- Thermal-Fluid Design
Ph.D., Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering), University of Mississippi
M.S., Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering), University of Mississippi
B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Regional Engineering College, Trichy, University of Madras, India
Awards and Honors
Best Processing Paper Award - Composites Institute, the Society of Plastics Industry (1993)
Ground Breakers 2000 Award by Builder Magazine/ Popular Science Award for Fiber-Optic Daylighting
Gorthala, R., “Polymer Composites: Construction Industry Applications,” The Construction Specifier, May 2000.
Gorthala, R., “Thermal Performance of Cold-Formed Steel Ceiling/Roof Framing Assemblies”, Final Report Submitted to ASHRAE, December 1998.
Flynn, D.R. and Gorthala, R. “Thermal Design of a Miniature Guarded Hot Plate Apparatus,” Insulation Materials and Applications: Third Volume , ASTM STP 1320, American Society for Testing and Materials, 1997, pp. 337-354.
Flynn, D.R. and Gorthala, R. “Radiation Scattering Versus Radiation Absorption - Effects on Performance of Thermal Insulation Under Non-Steady State Conditions,” Insulation Materials and Applications: Third Volume , ASTM STP 1320, American Society for Testing and Materials, 1997, pp. 366-380.
Gorthala, R., “Untapped Potential of CO 2 for HVAC Vapor Compression Systems,” Final Report Prepared for the Electric Power Research Institute, May 1996.
Gorthala, R., “Testing and Evaluation of Clamp-on Ultrasonic Flowmeters for the Measurement of Residential Hot Water Flow,” Research Project 3269-22, Draft Report Prepared for the Electric Power Research Institute, January 1994.
Gorthala, R., Stoltz, S., and Hagen, E., “Testing and Evaluation of Line-Voltage Thermostats,” Research Project 3512-5, Final Report Prepared for the Electric Power Research Institute, December 1993.
Buruss, R., and Gorthala, R., “End-Use Metering of Heat Pumps: Effects of Airflow Reduction on Heat Pump Performance,” GEOMET Report No. IE-2658, Prepared for PEPCO, September 1993.
Gorthala, R., Roux, J.A., and Vaughan, J.G., “Resin Flow, Cure and Heat Transfer Analysis for Pultrusion Process,” J. Composite Materials , Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 486-506, 1994.
Gorthala, R., Roux, J.A., and Vaughan, J.G., “A Model to Predict Resin Pressure/Back Flow for the Tapered Inlet of a Pultrusion Die,” J. Reinforced Plastics and Composites , March 1994.
Gorthala, R., Roux, J.A., and Vaughan, J.G., “Comparison of Graphite/Epoxy with Fiberglass/Epoxy: A Heat Transfer Analysis,” J. Reinforced Plastics and Composites , March 1994.
Gorthala, R., Harris, K.T., Roux, J.A. and McCarty, T.A., “A transient one dimensional model to predict heat transfer coupled with moisture transport in residential attic insulations,” J. Thermophysics and Heat Transfer , Vol. 8, No. 1, 1994, pp. 125-132.