The Institute of Engineering Thermophysics (IET) originated from the Power Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) founded by Academician WU Chung-hua in 1956. At present, it has developed into a research institute combining Dynamic & Electric Engineering and Energy Science & Technology in strategic advanced technology. Since its establishment, the institute has made many remarkable achievements including winning national second prizes, and more than 40 CAS or ministerial second / above second prizes. It has also won more than 50 national, CAS or ministerial third-level prizes.
Led by the implementation of the "take the lead in action" plan, guided by the goal of scientific and technological innovation, the institute puts the continuous improvement of the innovation ability of the talent team as the main line, adheres to the party's management of talents, and continues to optimize the research environment, striving to build a scientific and technological innovation team with reasonable structure, appropriate scale, strong innovation ability and international competitiveness.
The institute has 522 staff members, including two CAS academicians, 65 research professors and 138 associate research professors. The institute has been authorized to confer Doctorate and Master’s degree to candidates in the areas of Dynamic Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics and to confer Master’s degree in the field of Environmental Science and Engineering. Postdoctoral Station with 35 post-doctors registered also has been founded. In addition, there are 144 candidates working toward their doctorates and 186 pursuing their Master’s degrees.
The Institute has a deep foundation in international cooperation and has initiated and hosted important international conferences such as International Symposium on Experimental and Computational Aerothermodynamics of Internal Flows (ISAIF), International Symposium on Air Breathing Engines (ISABE), Asian Congress on Gas Turbine (ACGT), Asian Joint Conference on Propulsion and Power (AJCPP), and World Energy Storage technology Conference (WESC). More than 100 people made special invited reports at important international academic conferences. The institute presided over the international science program of energy storage and established the international alliance of energy storage. We have carried out extensive cooperation and exchanges with well-known universities and research institutions in more than 10 countries and regions, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Guided by the strategic policy of "integration in enterprises, into local areas and with capital", the institute connected local resources and market capital, and built a large-scale comprehensive technology verification and demonstration platform, opening up the innovation chain from key technology R&D, demonstration operation to commercial application, and solve the problem of achievement transformation. TheInstitute ranked first (1.92 billion CNY) in the ranking of achievement transformation contract amount among 3200 colleges and universities in 2018 organized and published by the Ministry of science and technology and the Ministry of finance.
The Institute of Engineering Thermophysics is the affiliated unit of the Chinese Society of Engineering Thermophysics. Its professional academic journals include Journal of Engineering Thermophysics (International Journal ISSN 0253-231x, Domestic Journal CN 11-2091/O4) and Journal of Thermal Science (International Journal ISSN 1003-2169, Domestic Journal CN 11-2853/O4).