James Kribs

Director of Undergraduate Laboratories

  • 919-513-0315
  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 2212

As MAE lab director, my long-term goal is to oversee engaging, hands-on, labs that reinforce our curricula, and ultimately provide our students with positive, long-lasting memories.

The hands-on nature of the labs is associated with providing individual and small groups of students experiences with modern methods of measurement and fabrication. The experiments compliment course materials and provide experiences in effective communication (short write-ups, posters, videos, and presentations). The labs end on an exciting and memorable note with group design projects that reinforce and integrate concepts learned earlier in the semester.

As MAE lab director my day-to-day responsibilities are oversight of our 7 instructional labs (4 AE labs, 1 combined lab, and 2 ME labs), the training of our lab teaching assistants, the teaching of selected labs, the procurement of lab supplies and equipment, serving as the adviser to students involved in experiment development and improvement (prototyping, final apparatus, educational marterials), and serving as MAE safety coordinator and MAE open-house coordinator.

Outside of work, I enjoy hockey, curling, golf, and board gaming.

Education

Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University

M.S.

Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S.

Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S.

Political Science

North Carolina State University

Research Description

This position also supports our research enterprise by making our lab facilities available for state-of-the-art research. This support includes providing assistance with equipment grants, and involvement in research and extension projects.  As part of this position, I regularly interact with all of our faculty who perform experimental work (which is most everyone), and our staff. 

Publications

The stabilization of partially-premixed jet flames in the presence of high potential electric fields
Kribs, J. D., Shah, P. V., Hutchins, A. R., Reach, W. A., Muncey, R. D., June, M. S., Saveliev, A., & Lyons, K. M. (2016), Journal of Electrostatics, 84, 1-9.
Effects of diluents on lifted turbulent methane and ethylene jet flames
Hutchins, A. R., Kribs, J. D., & Lyons, K. M. (2015), Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 137(3).
Experimental observations of nitrogen diluted ethylene and methane jet flames
Hutchins, A. R., Kribs, J. D., Muncey, R. D., Reach, W. A., & Lyons, K. M. (2014), (Proceedings of the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference - 2013, vol 2, ).
Assessment of stabilization mechanisms of confined, turbulent, lifted jet flames: Effects of ambient coflow
Hutchins, A. R., Kribs, J. D., Muncey, R. D., & Lyons, K. M. (2014), (Proceedings of the ASME Power Conference, 2013, vol 1, ).
Effects of hydrogen enrichment on the reattachment and hysteresis of lifted methane flames
Kribs, J. D., Hutchins, A. R., Reach, W. A., Hasan, T. S., & Lyons, K. M. (2014), (Proceedings of the ASME Power Conference, 2013, vol 1, ).
Effects of electric fields on stabilized lifted propane flames
Hutchins, A. R., Reach, W. A., Kribs, J. D., & Lyons, K. M. (2014), Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 136(2).
Nitrogen-diluted methane flames in the near-and far-field
Kribs, J., Moore, N., Hasan, T., & Lyons, K. (2013), Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 135(4).
Nitrogen diluted jet flames in the presence of coflowing air
Kribs, J. D., Hasan, T. S., & Lyons, K. M. (2012), (Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2011, vol 4, pts A and B, ) (pp. 1415-1421).
Influences of nitrogen dilution in the near flow field of transition regime lifted natural gas jet flames
Hasan, T. S., Kribs, J. D., & Lyons, K. M. (2012), (Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 2011, vol 1, ) (pp. 907-912).
Investigation of jet-flame blowout with lean-limit considerations
Moore, N. J., Kribs, J., & Lyons, K. M. (2011), Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 87(4), 525-536.

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