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Alexander Rattner

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

236A Reber Building

asr20@psu.edu

814-863-4387

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Energy Systems, Thermal/Fluid Sciences

Interest Areas:

Sustainable thermal-fluid energy systems, waste heat recovery, multiphase flow heat and mass transfer, high performance computing

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Mahdi Nabil and Alexander Rattner, 2016, "interThermalPhaseChangeFoam – A framework for two-phase flow simulations with thermally driven phase change", SotfwareX, 5, pp. 216-226
  • Brian M Fronk and Alexander Rattner, 2016, "High-flux thermal management with supercritical fluids", Journal of Heat Transfer, 132, (12), pp. 124501
  • John G Bustamante, Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2016, "Achieving near-water-cooled power plant performance with air-cooled condensers", Applied Thermal Engineering, 105, pp. 362-371
  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2016, "Low-source-temperature diffusion absorption refrigeration: Part I: Modeling and cycle analysis", International Journal of Refrigeration, 65, pp. 287-311
  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2016, "Low-source-temperature diffusion absorption refrigeration. Part II: Experiments and model assessment", International Journal of Refrigeration, 65, pp. 312-329
  • Alexander Rattner, Donna P Guillen, Alark Joshi and Srinivas Garimella, 2016, "Framework and algorithms for illustrative visualizations of time-varying flows on unstructured meshes", Advances in Engineering Software, 97, pp. 72-84
  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2016, "Taylor flow in intermediate diameter channels: Simulation and hydrodynamic models", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 103, pp. 1108-1124
  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2016, "Fast, stable computation of thermodynamic properties of ammonia-water mixtures", International Journal of Refrigeration, 62, pp. 39-59
  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2015, "Vertical upward intermediate scale Taylor flow: Experiments and kinematic closure", International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 75, pp. 107–123
  • Anurag Goyal, Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2015, "Model-based feedback control of an ammonia-water absorption chiller", Science and Technology for the Built Environment, 21, (3), pp. 357–364
  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2015, "Coupling-fluid heated bubble pump generators: Experiments and model development", Science and Technology for the Built Environment, 21, (3), pp. 332–347
  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2014, "Simple mechanistically consistent formulation for volume-of-fluid based computations of condensing flows", Journal of Heat Transfer, 136, (7), pp. 071501
  • Vinodh K. Viswanathan, Alexander Rattner, Matthew D. Determan and Srinivas Garimella, 2013, "Dynamic model for a small-capacity ammonia-water absorption chiller", HVAC&R Research, 19, (7), pp. 865–881
  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2012, "Simulación a nivel de componente y sistema acoplados en un sistema de refrigeración por absorción difusión para aplicaciones residenciales", Frio Calor Aire Acondicionado, pp. 3-12
  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2011, "Energy harvesting, reuse and upgrade to reduce primary energy usage in the USA", Energy, 36, (10), pp. 6172–6183
  • Alexander Rattner, Ananda Krishna Nagavarapu, Srinivas Garimella and Thomas F. Fuller, 2011, "Modeling of a flat plate membrane-distillation system for liquid desiccant regeneration in air-conditioning applications", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 54, (15-16), pp. 3650–3660

Conference Proceedings

Abstracts

Technical Reports

Other

Research Projects

  • August 2016 - July 2019, "Collaborative Research: Computational and Experimental Investigation of High-Flux Heating of Supercritical Fluids in Microscale Geometries," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  •   -  , "Hot Operating Temperature Lithium combustion IN situ Energy and Power System (HOTLINE Power System)," (Sponsor: NASA).

Honors and Awards

  • Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, US Department of Energy, August 2011 - July 2015
  • Best Paper Award, International Sorption Heat Pump Conference, April 2014
  • Frederick A Howes Scholar in Computational Science, US Department of Energy / Krell Institute, July 2016

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Reviewer, Millennium Scholars Program, February 2016
  • Committee Member, Faculty Hiring Committee Member, Thermal-Fluids Faculty Hiring Committee, August 2016 - December 2016
  • Advisor, Faculty Advisor (Propulsion Team), Lunar Lion Team, October 2015
  • Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Innovative Designers Club, August 2016
  • Co-Chairperson, ME-320 Fluid Flow Course Leader, August 2016

Service to External Organizations:

  • Co-Organizer, Co-Chair for Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer Conference Track, American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers, July 2016 - December 2017
  • Reviewer, Poster Session Reviewer for annual Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program Review, US Department of Energy / Krell Institute, July 2016
  • Committee Member, Conference Organization and Editorial Service for Proceedings, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, K6: Heat Transfer in Engineering Systems, July 2012 - December 2015
  • Judge, High School Science Fair Judge, Rockdale Regional Science & Engineering Fair, January 2011 - January 2012
 


 

About

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519