Academic Staff

P.C. Chen

Senior Teaching Fellow


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Brief Bio

Prior to join the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he was employed as Chief Engineer in Alstom USA. Alstom is a global leader in power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure. The company provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal, wind and solar, and a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. At Alstom, Dr. Chen has received well-deserved international recognition for his research contribution to the power generation industry. During that time he has been involved with the development of hardware and software for generator and gas turbine monitoring and diagnosis. Based on thermodynamic studies and neural network simulations, he developed advanced software for the critical task of diagnosing the safety of gas turbines in the power plants. His achievements include developing the Data Validation Technology in Gas Turbine Monitoring System. All these new technologies are vital for improving the efficiency, safety, and security of power generation systems. Dr. Chen has proved to be a highly creative researcher and respected engineer with an outstanding contribution to meeting the national energy needs.

Recently, Dr. Chen contributed most of his efforts in the study of renewable energy, i.e., Solar Thermal Energy, Photovoltaics and Wind Energy. His researches mostly focus on the potential of using renewable energy technologies as a complement to, and, to the extent possible, replacement for conventional power generation technologies, and the possibility of combining renewable and non-renewable energy technologies in hybrid systems. At the same time he tries to help companies to develop the strategies for enhancing the future use of renewable energy resources. Dr. Chen has established working contacts with several corporations around the globe to collaborate in research and outreach


Teaching and Research Specialties

Engineering management and other subjects related to technology and energy management.



  1. “The Implementation of the Data Validation Process in a Gas Turbine Performance Monitoring System”, Proceedings of ASME TURBO EXPO 2005, GT2005-68429, Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, USA, June 6-9, 2005.
  2. “A New Calculation Approach to the Energy Balance of a Gas Turbine including a Study of the Impact of the Uncertainty of Measured Parameters”, Proceedings of ASME TURBO EXPO 2005, GT2005-68430, Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, USA, June 6-9, 2005.
  3. “An Effective Gas Turbine Monitoring and Diagnostic System”, Proceedings of Power-Gen International 2003 Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 9-11, 2003.
  4. “Advanced Gas Turbine Monitoring and Diagnostic Technology for Modern Power Plants”, Proceedings of 2003 International Joint Power Conference, IJPGC2003-40189, Atlanta, Georgia, June 16-19, 2003.
  5. “Determination of Non-Uniform Heat Transfer Coefficients around A Solid Aluminum Alloy Complex Shape during Quenching by Using An Inverse Method”, Proceedings of ASME TURBO EXPO 2002, GT-2002-30205, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 3-6, 2002.
  6. “Modeling Heat Transfer during Post-Extrusion Spray Quenching of Aluminum Alloys: Part 2-Determination of Heat Transfer Coefficients”, Journal of Aluminum Transaction, Vol. 4-5, 2001, pp. 51-61, Irvine, CA.
  7. “Modeling Heat Transfer during Post-Extrusion Spray Quenching of Aluminum Alloys: Part 1- Experimental Study of Cooling Responses”, Journal of Aluminum Transaction, Vol. 4-5, 2001, pp. 39-49, Irvine, CA.
  8. “A Unique Inverse Algorithm to Determine Heat Transfer Coefficients during the Post-Extrusion Quenching of Aluminum Alloy”, 35th National Heat Transfer Conference, NHTC2001-20189, Anaheim, CA, June 10-12, 2001.
  9. “Application of Inverse Method to Determine Heat Transfer Coefficient for Post-Extrusion Spray Quenching of Aluminum Alloys”, Proceedings of the 20th Heat Treating Society Conference, pp. 1125-1131, St. Louis, Missouri, October 9-12, 2000.