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Alexander Rattner

Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor
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

  • Alexander Rattner and Srinivas Garimella, 2017, "Simulation of Taylor flow evaporation for bubble-pump applications", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 116, pp. 231-247
  • Sanjay Adhikari, Mahdi Nabil and Alexander Rattner, 2017, "Condensation heat transfer in a sessile droplet at varying Biot number and contact angle", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 115A, pp. 926-931
  • Mahdi Nabil and Alexander Rattner, 2017, "A computational study on the effects of surface tension and Prandtl number on laminar-wavy falling film condensation", Journal of Heat Transfer, 139, (12), pp. 10.1115/1.4037062
  • Alexander Rattner, 2017, "General characterization of jet impingement array heat sinks with interspersed fluid extraction ports for uniform high-flux cooling", Journal of Heat Transfer, 139, (8)
  • 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
  • Allison J Mahvi, Alexander Rattner, Jennifer Lin and Srinivas Garimella, , "Challenges in predicting steam-side pressure drop and heat transfer in air-cooled power plant condensers", Applied Thermal Engineering

Conference Proceedings

  • Shahzaib Abbasi and Alexander Rattner, 2018, "Cascaded thermoelectric generation and absorption refrigeration waste heat recovery", American Societry of Thermal and Fluids Engineers

Abstracts

Technical Reports

Other

Research Projects

  • August 2017 - December 2020, "Hot Operating Temperature Lithium combustion IN situ Energy and Power System (HOTLINE Power System)," (Sponsor: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory LLC, from NASA).
  • August 2016 - July 2019, "Collaborative Research: Computational and Experimental Investigation of High-Flux Heating of Supercritical Fluids in Microscale Geometries," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • May 2017 - March 2018, "Experimental evaluation of heat acquisition from molten metal combustion for planetary lander power," (Sponsor: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory LLC, from NASA).
  • January 2018 - December 2018, "Computational Investigation of High-Flux Heating of Supercritical Fluids in Microscale Geometries," (Sponsor: US National Science Foundation XSEDE).

Honors and Awards

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

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Member, Faculty Hiring Committee Member, Thermal-Fluids Faculty Hiring Committee, August 2016 - May 2018
  • Coordinator, Fluid Dynamics Research Consortium Seminar Series Coordinator, December 2017 - May 2018
  • Reviewer, Internal Proposal Reviewer for PSU NSF CAREER program applicants, May 2017 - July 2017
  • Committee Member, Computational Methods Course Development Committee, Computational Methods Course Development Committee, February 2017 - June 2017
  • Co-Chairperson, ME-320 Fluid Flow Course Leader, August 2016 - August 2017
  • Reviewer, Millennium Scholars Program, February 2016
  • Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Lunar Lion Team, October 2015
  • Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Innovative Designers Club, August 2016

Service to External Organizations:

  • Developer, Development of series of educational videos on thermal-fluid science, Journal of Visualized Experiments, September 2016 - January 2018
  • Developer, Developed museum exhibit demonstrating heat transfer and fluid flow, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, May 2017 - December 2018
  • Reviewer, Poster Session Reviewer for annual Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program Review, US Department of Energy / Krell Institute, July 2016
  • Judge, High School Science Fair Judge, Rockdale Regional Science & Engineering Fair, January 2011 - January 2012
  • Co-Organizer, Co-Chair for Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer Conference Track, American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers, July 2016
  • Committee Member, Conference Organization and Editorial Service for Proceedings, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, K6: Heat Transfer in Engineering Systems, July 2012
 


 

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