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Dr. Avraham (Avi) Arbel

The Volcani Center MOAG, Israel
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University Education and Additional Training:
1991 – 1998       Ph.D. in Engineering at the Department of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University

1986 – 1989       M.Sc. in Engineering at the Department of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University
1980 – 1984       B.Sc. in Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University
Positions Held and Academic Status:
2011 – present  Senior research scientist (rank A) at the A.R.O., Institute of Agricultural Engineering.
2009 – 2015       Head, Department of Growth, Production and Environmental Engineering at the ARO, The Volcani Center, Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bet Dagan
2003 – 2011       Senior research scientist (rank B) at the A.R.O., Institute of Agricultural Engineering.
1991 – 2003       Senior research scientist (rank C) at the A.R.O., Institute of Agricultural Engineering.
1986 – 1991       Research scientist at the A.R.O., Institute of Agricultural Engineering.
1984 – 1986       Research engineer at the A.R.O., Institute of Agricultural Engineering.
1977 – 1984       Research technician at the A.R.O., Institute of Agricultural Engineering.
Selected Publications:
Sokolov M. and Arbel A. 1990.
Fresh water floating collector type solar pond.
Solar Energy 44:13-21.IF = 2.172; Rank 27/79.
Arbel A. and Sokolov M. 1991.
Greenhouse heating with fresh water floating collector solar pond: a feasibility study.
Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 113:66-72. IF = 0.644; Rank 60/122
Sokolov M. and Arbel A. 1992.
Conditioning of utilizable energy by a thermostatic control of the thermosyphonic flow in solar systems.
Solar energy 49:181-189. IF = 2.172; Rank 27/79
Arbel A. and Sokolov M. 1994.
Improving load matching characteristics of a thermosyphonic solar system by thermostatically controlled circulation.
Solar Energy 52:347-358. IF = 2.172; Rank 27/79
Arbel A., Yekutieli O. and Barak M. 1999.
Performance of a fog system for cooling greenhouses.
Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research 72:129-136. IF = 1.241; Rank 5/12
Arbel A., Barak M. and Shklyar A. 2003.
Combination of forced ventilation and fogging systems for cooling greenhouses.
Biosystems Engineering 84:45-55. IF = 1.241; Rank 5/12
Shklyar A., and Arbel A. 2003.
Numerical method for calculation of the incompressible flow in general curvilinear co-ordinates with double staggered grid International Journal for Numerical methods in Fluids, 41: 1273-1294. IF = 1.060; Rank 42/93
Arbel A., Shklyar A., Hershgal D., Barak M. and Sokolov M. 2003.
Ejector irreversibility characteristics Journal of Fluids Engineering 125:121-129. IF = 0.44; Rank 83/122
Arbel A. and Sokolov M. 2004.
Revisiting solar-powered ejector air conditioner––the greener the better Solar Energy 77(1):57-66. IF = 2.172; Rank 27/79
Shklyar A and Arbel A. 2004.
Numerical model of the three-dimensional isothermal flow patterns and mass fluxes in a pitched-roof greenhouse.
Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 92:1039-1059. IF = 1.213; Rank 27/115
Bar-Tal A., Aloni B., Arbel A., Barak M., Karni L., Oserovitz J., Hazana A., Gantz S., Avidan A., Posalski I. and Keinan M. 2006.
Effects of an evaporative cooling system on greenhouse climate, fruit disorders and yield in bell pepper.
The Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 81 (4):599-606. IF = 0.546; Rank 18/30
Shklyar A. and Arbel A. 2007.
Accelerated convergence of the numerical simulation of incompressible flow in general curvilinear co-ordinates with double staggered grid. 
International Journal for Numerical methods in Fluids, 57:205-236. IF = 1.060; Rank 42/93
Shklyar A. and Arbel A. 2009.
Accelerated Convergence of the Numerical Simulation of Incompressible Flow in General Curvilinear Co-ordinates by Discretization on Overset Grids.
Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 79:2476-2489. IF = 0.812; Rank 109/236
Arbel A. and Shklyar A. 2010.
Simulation of Incompressible Flow with Alternate Pressure Dirichlel and Neumann Conditions.
Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 81:742-756. IF = 0.812; Rank 109/236
Arbel A. and Shklyar A. 2011.
Optimization of the iteration parameters of the simulation of incompressible flow.
Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 82: 104-117. IF = 0.812; Rank 109/236
Halaly T., Zion B., Arbel A., Regev R., Barak M., Or E. 2011.
Short Exposure to Sublethal Temperature Facilitates Dormancy Release in Grapevines.
American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 62 (1): 106-112. IF = 1.667; Rank 6/30
Linker R., Karcira M. and Arbel A. 2011.
Robust climate control of a greenhouse equipped with variable-speed fans and variable-pressure fogging system.
Biosystems Engineering, 110: 153-167. IF = 1.241; Rank 5/12
Villarreal-Guerrero F., Karcira M., Fitz-Rodriguez E., Kubota C., Giacomelli G.A., Linker R. and Arbel A. 2012.
Comparison of three evapotranspiration models for a greenhouse cooling strategy with natural ventilation and variable high pressure fogging.
Scientia Horticulturae, 134: 210-221. IF = 1.045; Rank 9/30
Villarreal-Guerrero, F., Karcira, M., Fitz-Rodriguez, E., Linker, R., Kubota, C., Giacomelli, G.A. and Arbel, A. (2012).
Simulated performance of a greenhouse cooling control strategy with natural ventilation and fog cooling.
Biosystems Eng. 111: 217-228. IF 1.354; Rank 5/12.
Zion B., Arbel A., Regev R., Barak M., Lidor G., Weissblum A., Halaly T. and Or E.  (2012).
A Heat-Shock Generator for dormancy release induction in grapevines.
Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 55(3): 753-758. IF 1.033; Rank 6/12
Mattachini G., Antler A., Riva E., Arbel A., Provolo G.  (2013).
Automated measurement of lying behavior for monitoring the comfort and welfare of lactating dairy cows.
Livestock Science, 158: 145-150. IF 1.249; Rank 16/54. 
Allowed Patents and Registered Cultivars:
Arbel, A., Yekutieli, O., Kleinmann, I., Barak, M. and Beres, H. (2000).
Multi-purpose structure.
Israeli Patent Pending No. 140349.
Arbel, A., Yekutieli, O., Kleinmann, I., Barak, M. and Beres, H. (2001).
Multi-purpose structure.
International Patent Application PCT/IL01/01157; International Publication Number WO 02/47471.
Arbel, A., Yekutieli, O., Kleinmann, I., Barak, M. and Beres, H. (2004).
Multi-purpose structure.
United States Patent Application Publication, Pub. No. US 2004/0049991 A1.
Arbel, A., Barak, M., Shklyar, A., Maltz, E., Lidor, G., Levi, A., Grinshpun, J. and Rosenfeld, L. (2007).
Surface heat transfer meter (SHTM).
United States Provisional Patent Application No. US60/935,937.
Arbel, A., Barak, M. and Shklyar, A. (2007).
Combined heating and dehumidification (CHD) system for closed buildings. 
United States Provisional Patent Application No. US60/996,266.
Barak, M., Regev, R., Arbel, A., Shklyar, A. and Yekutieli, O. (2007).
Flexible sheet cleaning device. 
United States Provisional Patent Application No. US60/996,675.
Arbel, A., Barak, M. and Shklyar, A. (2008).
Method and system for heating and dehumidifying. 
International Application No. PCT/IL2008/001449.
Arbel, A., Barak, M. and Shklyar, A. (2010).
Combined heating and dehumidification (CHD) system for closed buildings, method and system for heating and dehumidifying. 
National Applications in: USA, Europe, Canada, China, India, Japan, South Africa, Eurasia, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Korea, Ukraine, Israel.
Arbel, A., Barak, M., Berenstein, R. and Lidor, G. (2013).
Rooftop movable device for greenhouses and buildings. 
United States Provisional Patent Application No. US61/960,269.
Arbel, A., Barak, M., Zion, B. and Afgin, Y. (2013).
Thermal trap system.
United States Provisional Patent Application No. US61/875,725.