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John M. Cimbala

Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

234 Reber Building

jmc6@psu.edu

814-863-2739

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Energy Systems, Thermal/Fluid Sciences

Interest Areas:

Fluid dynamics, flow visualization, wind tunnels, neutron radiography, turbulence, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), turbulence modeling, turbomachinery, air pollution, stratified tanks, indoor air quality, heat pipes, instrumentation, hydroturbines.

 
 

 

Education

Publications

Books

  • John M Cimbala, 2017, I, Peter: My Life in Threes, Kindle Direct Publishing, Middletown, DE, USA
  • John M Cimbala, 2017, I, Adam: The Man without a Navel, Kindle Direct Publishing, Middletown, DE, United States, pp. 92
  • Yunus A. Çengel and John M Cimbala, 2017, Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, Ed. 4, McGraw-Hill Education, New York, NY, USA, pp. 512
  • Yunus A. Çengel, John M Cimbala and R. H. Turner, 2016, Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid Sciences, Ed. 5, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, pp. 1166
  • John M Cimbala, 2015, I, Adam: The man without a navel, Kindle Direct Publishing
  • Y A Çengel and John M Cimbala, 2013, Fluid mechanics: Fundamentals and applications, McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 1012
  • Y. A. Çengel, John M Cimbala and R. H. Turner, 2012, Fundamentals of thermal-fluid sciences, McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 1104
  • Y. A. Çengel and John M Cimbala, 2009, Fluid mechanics: Fundamentals and applications, McGraw-Hill,, New York, NY, pp. 994
  • John M Cimbala and Y. A. Çengel, 2008, Essentials of fluid mechanics: Fundamentals and applications, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, pp. 584
  • Y. A. Çengel, R. H. Turner and John M Cimbala, 2008, Fundamentals of thermal-fluid sciences, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, pp. 1093
  • Y. A. Cengel and John M Cimbala, 2005, Fluid mechanics: Fundamentals and applications, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY
  • R. J. Heinsohn and John M Cimbala, 2003, Indoor air quality engineering: Environmental health and control of indoor pollutants, Marcel Dekker, New York, NY

Book Reviews

  • John M Cimbala, 2005, Beckwith, Marangoni, and Lienhard, "Mechanical Measurements, ed. 6, Pearson Education

Book, Chapters

  • John M Cimbala, 2016, Introduction to CFD and How to USE it, McGraw-Hill, New York, New York, USA, pp. 66
  • S. Pawar, John M Cimbala, E. F. Wheeler and D. V. Lindberg, 2010, Contaminant dispersion within and around poultry houses using computational fluid dynamics, IN-TECH, Vienna, Austria

Parts of Book

  • John M Cimbala, 1999, John M. Cimbala, mechanical engineering, New Holland Publishers, Australia, pp. 4
  • John M Cimbala, 1999, End-of-chapter problems, McGraw-Hill
  • John M Cimbala, 1996, Chapter reviews, Research and Education Assoc., Piscataway, NJ, pp. 38
  • John M Cimbala, 1991, Questions on fluid mechanics, Research and Education Assoc., Piscataway, NJ, pp. 55

Journal Articles

  • Girish Kumar Rajan and John M Cimbala, 2016, "Computational and Theoretical Analyses of the Precessing Vortex Rope in a Simplified Draft Tube of a Scaled Model of a Francis Turbine", ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, pp. 14
  • H Joseph Sommer, John M Cimbala and David G Miller, 2015, "Self-excited limit cycle yaw oscillation instability of external sling payloads with dual point suspension during level flight", Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 60, (4)
  • A Wouden, John M Cimbala and B Lewis, 2014, "An evaluation of a phase-lag boundary condition for Francis hydroturbine simulations using a pressure-based solver", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 59, (20), pp. 273
  • P.-Y. A. Chuang, John M Cimbala and J. S. Brenizer, 2013, "Experimental and analytical study of a loop heat pipe at a positive elevation using neutron radiography", International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 77C, pp. 84-95
  • A. Wouden, John M Cimbala and B. Lewis, 2013, "Detecting unsteady row interaction in a Francis turbine using a phase-lag boundary condition", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 58, (18), pp. 1
  • G. Rajan and John M Cimbala, 2013, "Stability analysis of the vortex rope formed in draft tubes", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 58, (18), pp. 1
  • B. Lewis, John M Cimbala and A. Wouden, 2013, "Modified design of hydroturbine wicket gates to include liquid control jets", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 58, (18), pp. 1
  • A. M. Wouden, John M Cimbala and B. J. Lewis, 2012, "Implementation of a phase-lagged boundary condition for turbomachinery", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 57, (17), pp. p. 28
  • B. J. Lewis, John M Cimbala and A. M. Wouden, 2012, "Caution: Precision error in blade alignment results in faulty unsteady CFD simulation", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 57, (17), pp. p. 350
  • B. Shaparenko and John M Cimbala, 2012, "A simple equation for predicting aliasing frequency", International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 39, (3), pp. 195-199
  • B. J. Lewis, John M Cimbala and A. M. Wouden, 2011, "Applying turbulence models to hydroturbine flows: A sensitivity analysis using the GAMM Francis turbine", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 56, (18), pp. p. 204
  • A. M. Wouden, John M Cimbala and B. J. Lewis, 2011, "A parametric study of unsteady rotor-stator interaction in a simplified Francis turbine", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 56, (18), pp. p. 104
  • John M Cimbala and Manoochehr M. Koochesfahani, 2009, "Transition from Hele-Shaw flow to creeping flow", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 54, (19), pp. p. 167
  • John M Cimbala and J. W. DeGraw, 2008, "An incremental improvement to the feedback-forcing immersed boundary method", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 53, (15), pp. p. 47
  • J. W. DeGraw and John M Cimbala, 2008, "Impingement of ring vortices on a wall: A comparison of experiments and computations", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 53, (15), pp. p. 235
  • S. R. Pawar, John M Cimbala, E. F. Wheeler and D. V. Lindberg, 2007, "Analysis of poultry house ventilation using computational fluid dynamics", Transactions of the ASABE, 50, (4), pp. 1373-1382
  • R. Toto, M. Wharton, John M Cimbala and J. Wise, 2007, "One step beyond: Lecturing with a tablet PC", Computers in Education Journal (Computers in Education Division of ASEE), 17, (3), pp. 2-11
  • John M Cimbala, L. L. Pauley, S. E. Zappe and Meng-Fen Hsieh, 2007, "Take-home experiments in undergraduate fluid mechanics education", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 52, (17), pp. p. 181
  • J. Degraw and John M Cimbala, 2007, "A lightweight particle deposition system for particle resuspension studies", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 52, (17), pp. p. 242
  • A. F. Taylor, M. M. Saunders, D. L. Shingle, John M Cimbala, Z. Zhou and H. J. Donahue, 2007, "Mechanically stimulated osteocytes regulate osteoblastic activity via gap junctions", AJP-Cell Physiology, 292, pp. C545-C552
  • John M Cimbala, 2006, "The role of CFD in undergraduate fluid mechanics education", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 51, (9), pp. p. 117
  • G. S. Settles, G. Tremblay, John M Cimbala, L. Dodson and J. D. Miller, 2006, "Fluid mechanics films in the 21st century", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 51, (9), pp. p. 117
  • John M Cimbala, S. Pawar, E. Wheeler and D. Lindberg, 2006, "Computational study of ventilation and disease spread in poultry houses", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 51, (9), pp. 163-164
  • J. DeGraw, John M Cimbala and J. Freihaut, 2006, "CFD modeling of particle resuspension", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 51, (9), pp. p. 252
  • R. Campbell, John M Cimbala and L. E. Hochreiter, 2005, "CFD prediction of grid spacer hydraulic performance with comparison to experimental results", Nuclear Technology, 149, (1), pp. 49-61
  • John M Cimbala, 2005, "Introducing CFD in introductory undergraduate fluid mechanics courses", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 50, (9), pp. p. 99
  • J. Song, W. Bahnfleth and John M Cimbala, 2004, "Parametric study of single-pipe diffusers in stratified chilled water storage tanks (RP-1185)", International Journal of HVAC&R Research, 10, (3), pp. 345-365
  • W. Bahnfleth, J. Song and John M Cimbala, 2003, "Measured and modeled charging of a stratified chilled water thermal storage tank with slotted pipe diffusers", International Journal of HVAC&R Research, 9, (4), pp. 467-491
  • John M Cimbala, 2003, "A new method for calculating added mass using CFD", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 48, (10), pp. 202-203
  • John M Cimbala, L. Fisher, G. Settles and M. Lillis, 2000, "Analytical modeling of plasma arc cutting of steel plate", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 45, (9), pp. 118-119
  • John M Cimbala, W. Bahnfleth and J. Song, 1999, "Characterization of inlet diffuser performance for stratified thermal storage", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 44, (8), pp. 63
  • C. R. Jacobs, C. E. Yellowley, B. R. Davis, Z. Zhou, John M Cimbala and H. J. Donahue, 1998, "Differential effect of steady versus oscillating flow on bone cells", Journal of Biomechanics, 31, (11), pp. 969-976
  • John M Cimbala, J. S. Garanich, G. S. Settles and J. D. Miller, 1998, "Combined schlieren imaging and numerical analysis of displacement ventilation", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 43, (9), pp. 2016
  • John M Cimbala and J. Leon, 1996, "Drag of freely rotatable cylinder/splitter plate body at subcritical Reynolds number", AIAA Journal, 34, (11), pp. 2446-2448
  • John M Cimbala, 1995, "Direct numerical simulations of a turbulent far wake", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 40, (12), pp. 1930
  • T. B. Harman, John M Cimbala and M. L. Billet, 1994, "Reduction in size and unsteadiness of VTOL ground vortices by ground fences", AIAA Journal of Aircraft, 31, (3), pp. 579-584
  • John M Cimbala and K. T. Chen, 1994, "Supercritical Reynolds number experiments on a freely rotatable cylinder/splitter plate body", Physics of Fluids, 6, (7), pp. 2440-2445
  • R. S. Meyer and John M Cimbala, 1993, "The reduction of discrete tone noise due to blade row interaction in turbomachinery by trailing-edge blowing", U. S. Navy Journal of Underwater Acoustics, 43, (1), pp. 49-59
  • John M Cimbala, 1993, "A comprehensive comparison of turbulence models in the far wake", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 38, (12), pp. 2305
  • D. B. Philips, John M Cimbala and A. L. Treaster, 1992, "Suppression of the wing-body junction vortex by body surface suction", AIAA Journal of Aircraft, 29, (1), pp. 118-122
  • John M Cimbala, R. S. Meyer and T. B. Harman, 1992, "Importance of fresh air in manometer tubing", AIAA Journal, 30, (1), pp. 279-280
  • John M Cimbala and K. T. Chen, 1992, "The behavior of a freely rotatable cylinder/splitter plate body at post-critical Reynolds numbers", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 37, (8), pp. 1772
  • John M Cimbala and S. Garg, 1991, "Flow in the wake of a freely rotatable cylinder with splitter plate", AIAA Journal, 29, (6), pp. 1001-1003
  • John M Cimbala, M. L. Billet, D. P. Gaublomme and J. C. Oefelein, 1991, "Experiments on the unsteadiness associated with a ground vortex", AIAA Journal of Aircraft, 28, (4), pp. 261-267
  • W.-J. Park and John M Cimbala, 1991, "The effect of jet injection geometry on two-dimensional momentumless far wakes", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 224, pp. 28-47
  • R. S. Meyer and John M Cimbala, 1991, "Suppression of the wake of a finite airfoil by trailing-edge blowing", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 36, (10), pp. 2664
  • John M Cimbala and J. Leon, 1991, "Drag measurements on a freely rotatable cylinder with splitter plate", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 36, (10), pp. 2665
  • John M Cimbala and M. V. Krein, 1990, "Effect of freestream conditions on the far wake of a circular cylinder", AIAA Journal, 28, (8), pp. 1369-1373
  • John M Cimbala and W.-J. Park, 1990, "An experimental investigation of the turbulent structure in a two-dimensional momentumless wake", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 213, pp. 479-509
  • John M Cimbala and W.-J. Park, 1990, "A direct hot-wire calibration technique to account for ambient temperature drift in incompressible flow", Experiments in Fluids, 8, (5), pp. 299-300
  • John M Cimbala, D. B. Philips and A. L. Treaster, 1990, "Suppression of the wing-body junction vortex by body surface suction", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 35, (10), pp. 2647
  • John M Cimbala and W.-J. Park, 1989, "Elimination of temperature stratification in a low-speed open-return wind tunnel", AIAA Journal, 27, (6), pp. 823-825
  • John M Cimbala, D. R. Stinebring, A. L. Treaster, M. L. Billet and M. M. Walters, 1988, "Experimental investigation of a jet impinging on a ground plane in cross flow", AIAA Journal of Aircraft, 25, (10), pp. 923-931
  • John M Cimbala, D. E. Hughes, S. H. Levine and D. Sathianathan, 1988, "Application of neutron radiography for fluid flow visualization", Nuclear Technology, 81, (3), pp. 435-445
  • John M Cimbala, H. Nagib and A. Roshko, 1988, "Large structure in the far wakes of two-dimensional bluff bodies", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 190, pp. 265-298
  • John M Cimbala and D. Sathianathan, 1988, "Streakline flow visualization with neutron radiography", Experiments in Fluids, 6, (8), pp. 547-552
  • W.-J. Park and John M Cimbala, 1988, "A single equation hot-wire calibration technique", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 33, (10), pp. 2224
  • John M Cimbala, S. Garg and W.-J. Park, 1988, "The effect of a non-rigidly-mounted splitter plate on the flow over a circular cylinder", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 33, (10), pp. 2249
  • John M Cimbala and W.-J. Park, 1987, "Mean velocity profiles and flow visualizations of a two-dimensional momentumless wake", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 32, (10), pp. 2044
  • John M Cimbala and D. Sathianathan, 1987, "A new technique for visualization of fluid flows in metal enclosures", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 32, (10), pp. 2106
  • John M Cimbala and M. L. Billet, 1986, "Visualization of jet impingement on a ground plane in cross flow", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 31, (10), pp. 1701
  • John M Cimbala, H. M. Nagib and A. Roshko, 1981, "Wake instability leading to new large scale structures downstream of bluff bodies", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 26, (10), pp. 1256
  • L. J. Sigurdson, John M Cimbala and A. Roshko, 1981, "Controlled excitation of a separated flow", Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 26, (10), pp. 1275

Conference Proceedings

  • B. McDonnell, B. Guzman, X. J. Dolack, Timothy W Simpson and John M Cimbala, 2016, "3D Printing in the Wild: A Preliminary Investigation of Air Quality in College Maker Spaces"
  • B J Lewis, John M Cimbala and A Wouden, 2014, "Major historical developments in the design of water wheels and Francis hydroturbines", 2014 IOP (Institute of Physics) Conference Series: Earth Environ. Sci.
  • B J Lewis, John M Cimbala and A Wouden, 2014, "Wicket gate trailing-edge blowing: A method for improving off-design hydroturbine performance by adjusting the runner inlet swirl angle", 2014 IOP (Institute of Physics) Conference Series: Earth Environ. Sci., 27th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems (IAHR 2014), 22, pp. 12021
  • M Robinson and John M Cimbala, 2014, "Design and student assessment of short, online pre-laboratory videos"
  • B. Lewis, John M Cimbala and A. Wouden, 2012, "Analysis and optimization of guide vane jets to decrease the unsteady load on mixed flow hydroturbine runner blades", 7th International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics (ICCFD7)
  • B Lewis, John M Cimbala and A Wouden, 2012, "Investigation of distributor vane jets to decrease the unsteady load on hydroturbine runner blades", IOP Conf. Ser.: Earth and Environmental Science of Institute of Physics
  • B Lewis, John M Cimbala and A Wouden, 2012, "Investigation of distributor vane jets to decrease the unsteady load on hydroturbine runner blades", 26th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems
  • J. P. Spring, L. A. Kern, John M Cimbala, L. E. Hochreiter, V. Bilovsky and K. K. Niyogi, 2009, "A thermal evaluation of a prototypical double walled dry storage cask", Proceedings of ANS 2009 Annual Meeting, Transactions, 100
  • K. Y. Lim, R. Toto, H. Nguyen, S. E. Zappe, T. Litzinger, M. Wharton and John M Cimbala, 2008, "Impact of instructors use of the tablet PC on student learning and classroom attendance", 2008 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Mechanical Engineering Division
  • G. S. Settles, G. Tremblay, John M Cimbala, L. J. Dodson and J. D. Miller, 2006, "Teaching fluid mechanics with flow visualization videos", Proc. 12th International Symposium on Flow Visualization, pp. Paper 220
  • John M Cimbala, L. L. Pauley, S. E. Zappe and M.-F. Hsieh, 2006, "Experiential learning in fluid flow class via take-home experiments", 2006 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Mechanical Engineering Division, pp. Paper 2006-1357
  • R. Toto, M. Wharton, John M Cimbala and J. Wise, 2006, "One step beyond: Lecturing with a tablet PC", 2006 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Mechanical Engineering Division, pp. Paper 2006-1599
  • John M Cimbala, J. S. Brenizer Jr., P.-Y. A. Chuang, S. Hanna, C. T. Conroy, A. A. El-Ganayni and D. R. Riley, 2004, "Study of loop heat pipe using neutron radiography", Elsevier, 61, (4)
  • John M Cimbala and M. L. Billet, 1989, "Cavitation inception in rectangular slots", International Symposium on Cavitation Inception, ASME, San Francisco, CA, pp. 9
  • John M Cimbala, D. Sathianathan and S. A. Cosgrove, 1989, "Flow visualization through metal enclosures with neutron radiography", Symp. on Flow Visualization, 1989 ASME Winter Annual Mtg., San Francisco, CA, pp. 4
  • M. W. Trethewey, B. T. Kulakowski, J. S. Lamancusa, H. J. Sommer and John M Cimbala, 1988, "Integrated use of microcomputers as a laboratory tool in mechanical engineering education", Proc. 1988 ASME International Computers in Engineering Conf., San Francisco, CA, pp. 461-469
  • John M Cimbala and M. V. Krein, 1988, "The effects of the freestream on the far wake of a circular cylinder", Proc. 1st International Fluid Dynamics Congress, Cincinnati, OH, pp. 8
  • John M Cimbala and W. G. Blair, 1988, "The fluid mechanics of cavitation inception in rectangular slots", Cavitation and Multiphase Flow Forum, Cincinnati, OH, pp. 84-89
  • John M Cimbala and N.-H. Kim, 1986, "An experimental investigation of the unsteady flow downstream of a two-dimensional square cavity", Proc. Forum on Unsteady Flow, ASME Winter Annual Mtg., Anaheim, CA, pp. 37-39

Manuscripts

  • B J Lewis and John M Cimbala, 2014, "Unsteady CFD analysis of the behavior of guide vane trailing-edge injection and its effects on downstream rotor performance in a Francis hydroturbine", pp. 17

Other

  • Girish Kumar Rajan and John M Cimbala, 2017, "Computational and Theoretical Analyses of the Precessing Vortex Rope in a Simplified Draft Tube of a Scaled Model of a Francis Turbine", Advances in Engineering, pp. 3
  • N. Takenaka, D. Sathianathan and John M Cimbala, 1996, "Visualization and measurement of liquid metal flow by neutron radiography", pp. 6
  • John M Cimbala, 1995, "Direct numerical simulations and modeling of a spatially evolving turbulent wake", pp. 6.25-6.30
  • D. Sathianathan and John M Cimbala, 1992, "Theoretical predictions for imaging shock waves in gases using neutron radiography", pp. 10
  • John M Cimbala, D. Sathianathan, S. A. Cosgrove and S. H. Levine, 1989, "Neutron radiography as a flow visualization tool", pp. 8
  • John M Cimbala and W.-J. Park, 1989, "An experimental investigation of the turbulent structure in a two-dimensional momentumless wake", pp. 6.1.1-6.1.6
  • John M Cimbala, M. L. Billet, D. P. Gaublomme and D. R. Stinebring, 1989, "Experiments on the unsteady ground vortex", pp. 7
  • John M Cimbala, D. R. Stinebring, A. L. Treaster, M. L. Billet and M. M. Walters, 1987, "Experimental investigation of a jet impinging on a ground plane in the presence of a cross flow", pp. 243-251
  • C. L. Merkle, S. Deutsch, S. Pal, W. Seelig and John M Cimbala, 1986, "Microbubble drag reduction", pp. 199-215
  • John M Cimbala, 1985, "An experimental study of the large structure in the far wakes of two-dimensional bluff bodies", pp. 4.1-4.6
  • John M Cimbala, 1980, "Fourth-order Keller box solution of the incompressible axisymmetric boundary layer equations", pp. 10

Research Projects

  • July 2014 - June 2015, "Department Site License for PollEverywhere," (Sponsor: College of Engineering).
  • April 2008 - September 2009, "HOLTEC Dry Storage Cask Heat Transfer Experiments," (Sponsor: HOLTEC International).

Honors and Awards

  • ASME Fellow, ASME, January 2010
  • Greek Week Faculty and Staff Appreciation Award, Phi Kappa Phi, April 2006
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Advising Award, College of Engineering, May 1998
  • Penn State Univeristy Atherton Teaching Award, Penn State, May 1998
  • Penn State Pi Tau Sigma Teaching Award, Penn State, May 1997
  • College of Engineering Premier Teaching Award, College of Engineering, May 1996
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Engineering, May 1992
  • Outstanding Young Men of America, June 1988

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Member, Summer Program Task Force, May 2014 - August 2014

Service to External Organizations:

  • Committee Member, Integration of Simulation Technology into the Engineering Curriculum (ISTEC), Organizing Committee, July 2014 - July 2015
  • Committee Member, Integration of Simulation Technology into the Engineering Curriculum (ISTEC), Organizing Committee, July 2010 - July 2011
  • Lecturer, July 1984
  • Member, Fairbrook United Methodist Church, July 1984
 


 

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