This IHTC Digital Library (IDL) contains the keynote and general papers presented at the 16th International Heat Transfer Conference (IHTC-16) held in Beijing, China during August 10-15, 2018. IHTC-16 was a very successful conference with 3 plenary lectures, 28 keynote lectures, 4 panel sessions, 40 general sessions, nearly 1000 papers from more than 40 countries and regions and more than 1400 participants. More than 1800 abstracts were initially submitted to the conference with these abstracts then reviewed by the members of the Assembly of International Heat Transfer Conferences (AIHTC). The full-length manuscripts were then reviewed by peer reviewers assigned by the members of AIHTC. The final manuscripts accepted by the reviewers are all now included in the Begell House International Heat Transfer Conference Digital Library.
Heat transfer continues to be one of the most important engineering disciplines of the 21st Century. Thermal transport processes are fundamental to many technologies in energy, materials, food processing, space exploration, manufacturing and chemical processing. In recent years, new heat and mass transport research areas, including nano and micro-scale transport phenomena, nano-fluids, and very short time scale thermal transport, have been developed to meet the demand of modern technologies. In addition, many significant breakthroughs have propelled our fundamental understanding of boiling and condensation, melting and solidification, combustion, and turbulent flows. Additionally, new developments in heat transfer enhancement techniques, computational heat transfer methods, green energy conversion devices and energy storage systems continue to catapult the heat transfer field to new heights. Despite these successes, we continue to face many challenges in developing cutting edge technologies in efficient energy systems, pollution management, cooling of microelectronic devices and massive data processing systems, advanced manufacturing systems, and hypersonic transport that will all lead to a better living environment and will stimulate economic growth. The extensive discussions at IHTC-16 contributed to advancing our understanding of many of these heat and mass transport processes and to developing new energy technologies for future needs.
The IHTC meetings have been nicknamed the "Heat Transfer Olympics". For more than 60 years, IHTC has offered unique opportunities for heat transfer and energy specialists to develop personal networks and exchange exciting ideas about their state-of-the-art research. The IHTC-16 Organizing Committee continued this fine tradition of providing an excellent forum to advance heat transfer research work in this rapidly changing world.
Finally, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Heat and Mass Transfer Society of China, the Chinese Society of Engineering Thermophysics, the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer, and the Assembly for International Heat Transfer Conferences and other cooperating societies and companies for supporting this meeting. I also recognize and thank the IHTC-16 Committee members and the student aids for their enormous contributions in organizing and running this conference.