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Robert Kunz

Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

301C Reber Building

rfk102@psu.edu

814-865-2144

Research Areas:

Interest Areas:

Computational fluid dynamics, multiphase flows, turbomachinery, nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics and thermal management analysis

 
 

 

Education

Publications

Parts of Book

  • Robert Kunz, D C Haworth, L S Leemhuis, A `C Davison, S Zidowitz and A Kriete, 2003, Eulerian multiphase CFD analysis of particle transport and deposition in the human lung, WIT Press, pp. 121-134

Journal Articles

  • Robert Kunz, B J Gaskin, Q Li, S Davanloo-Tajbakhsh and C Dong, 2015, "Multi-scale biological and physical modeling of the tumor microenvironment", Drug Discovery Today: Disease Models, 16, pp. 7-15
  • Robert Kunz, J M Behr, B J Gaskin, C Fu and R F Dong, 2015, "Localized modeling of biochemical and flow interactions during cancer cell adhesion", PLoS ONE
  • Robert Kunz, M P Kinzel and D R Hanson, 2014, "Coupled four-field icin analysis using a hybrid Eulerian-immersed boundary method"
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, C Pena, W J Baker, J J Dreyer, W L Moody and E G Patterson, 2012, "Modeling of cavitating flow through waterjet propulsors", International Journal of Rotating Machinery, 2012
  • Robert Kunz, Y Fu, J Wu and C Dong, 2012, "Study of local hydrodynamic environment in cell-substrate adhesion using side-view PIV technology"
  • Robert Kunz, M J Hill, R B Medvitz, R F Handschuh, L N Long, R W Noack, P J Mor andis, , 2011, "CFD Analysis of gear windage losses: validation and parametric aerodynamic studies", ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering
  • Robert Kunz, M H Hoskins, J E Bistline and C Dong, 2009, "Coupled flow–structure–biochemistry simulations of dynamic systems of blood cells using an adaptive surface tracking method", Journal of Fluids and Structures, 25, pp. 936-953
  • Robert Kunz, M J Hill, R W Noack, L N Long, P J Morris and R F Handschuh, 2009, "CFD technology for rotorcraft gearbox windage aerodynamics simulations", Gear Technology, pp. 48-55
  • Robert Kunz, S Liang, P Khanna, M K Hoskins and C Dong, 2008, "Effects of the tumor-leukocyte microenvironment on melanoma–neutrophil adhesion to the endothelium in a shear flow", Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 1, pp. 2-3:189-200
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, T F Miller, D R Stinebring, J E Dzielski, S D Young, T A Brungart, M J Moeny, C W Allen, R J Meyer, T W Highlands and D W Krout, 2008, "Research for development of maneuvering and homing high-speed supercavitating vehicles¬part 4: detailed flow", Journal of Underwater Acoustics, 58, pp. 3
  • Robert Kunz, H J Gibeling, M R Maxey, M R Maxey, G Tryggyason, A A Fontaine, H L Petrie and S L Ceccio, 2007, "Validation of two-fluid eulerian CFD modeling for microbubble drag reduction across a wide range of reynolds numbers", ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, 129, pp. 66-79
  • Robert Kunz, J Leyton-Mange, S Yang, M Henty, J Zahn and C Dong, 2006, "Design of side-view particle image velocimetry system for cellular adhesion analysis", Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 128, pp. 271-278
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, R B Medvitz and D A Boger, 2005, "Propeller cavitation breakdown analysis", ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, 127, pp. 995-1002
  • Robert Kunz, A Balani, R L Culver, D L Bradley, E G Paterson and X Di, 2003, "Coupled hydrody¬namic ship wake and PE-based acoustic propagation modeling", Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 113, pp. Pt. 2
  • Robert Kunz, S Venkateswaran, J W Lindau and C L Merkle, 2002, "Computation of multiphase mixture flows with compressibility effects", Journal of Computational Physics, 180, pp. 54-77
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, D A Boger, D A Stinebring and H J Gibeling, 2002, "High reynolds number, unsteady multi-phase CFD modeling of cavitating flows", 211, pp. 606-616
  • Robert Kunz, , R B Medvitz, D A Boger, J W Lindau, A M Yocum and L L Pauley, 2002, "Performance analysis of cavitating flow in centrifugal pumps using multiphase CFD", ASME Jour¬nal of Fluids Engineering, 124, pp. 377-383
  • Robert Kunz, G F Kasmala, H H Mahaffy and C J Murray, 2002, "On the automated assessment of nuclear reactor systems code accuracy", Nuclear Engineering and Design, 211, pp. 245-272
  • Robert Kunz, S W D'Amico, P F Vassallo and Zaccaria, 2001, "Parallel jet mixing in a rectangular confinement", ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, 123, pp. 567-573
  • Robert Kunz, D A Boger, D R Stinebring, T S Chyczewski, J W Lindau, H J Gibeling, S Venkateswaran and T R Govindan, 2000, "A preconditioned implicit method for two-phase flows with application to cavitation prediction", Computers and Fluids, 29
  • Robert Kunz, W K Cope and V Venkateswaran, 1999, "Development of an implicit method for multi- fluid flow simulations", Journal of Computational Physics, 152, pp. 78-101
  • Robert Kunz, 1997, "Near-wall full reynolds stress modeling in complex internal flow configurations: numerical implementation and turbomachinery application", pp. 83-124
  • Robert Kunz, R R By and B Laksminarayana, 1995, "Navier-Stokes analysis of the pump flow field of and automotive torque onverter", ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, 117, pp. 116-122
  • Robert Kunz, B Lakchminarayana and A H Basson, 1993, "Investigation of tip clearance phenomena in an axial compressor cascade using Euler and Navier-Stokes procedures", ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, 115, pp. 453-467
  • Robert Kunz, A H Basson and B Laksminarayana, 1993, "Grid generation for three-dimensional turbomachinery geometries including tip clearance", AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, 9, pp. 59-66
  • Robert Kunz and B Lakshminarayana, 1992, "Three-Dimensional Navier-Stokes computation of turbomachinery flows using an explicit numerical procedure and a coupled k- turbulence model", ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, 14, pp. 627-642
  • Robert K andnz, , 1992, "Stability of explicit Navier-Stokes procedures using k- and k-/algebraic reynolds stress turbulence models", Journal of Computational Physics, 14, pp. 141-159
  • Robert Kunz and B Lakshminarayana, 1992, "Explicit Navier-Stokes computation of cascade flows using the k- turbulence model", AIAA Journal, 103, pp. 13-22
  • Robert Kunz, C M Rhie and R E Malecki, 1990, "Calculation of internal flows using a single-pass parabolized Navier-Stokes analysis", AIAA Journal, 28, pp. 817-818

Conference Proceedings

  • Robert Kunz, M J Hill, R W Noack, L N Long, P J Morris and R F Handschuh, 2016, "A physics-based tribology model and parametric assessments of loss-of-lubrication using reduced-order system level analysis", American Helicopter Society 72nd Annual Forum
  • Robert Kunz, S M McIntyre, Q Yu, L Chang and R C Bill, 2014, "A computational system model for gearbox loss-of-lubrication", American Helicopter Society 70th Annual Forum,
  • Robert Kunz, C M Brown, M P Kinzel, J W Lindau, J L Palacios and K S Brentner, 2014, "RANS and LES simulation of airfoil ice accretion aerodynamics", AIAA paper 2014-2203 Aviation Meeting
  • Robert Kunz, , , J Kim, L N Sankar, L Chang and R C Bill, 2013, "Numerical simulation of airfoil ice accretion phenomena", The 2nd Asian/Australian Rotorcraft Forum
  • Robert Kunz, 2013, "Gear windage - insights from application of CFD", ASME 2013 Power Transmission and Gearing Conference
  • Robert Kunz, Q Yu, S M McIntyre, Z Saribay and R C Bill, 2013, "A multi-scale computational framework for modeling the thermo-fluid-dynamics of high speed gearbox systems", American Helicopter Society 69th Annual Forum
  • Robert Kunz, M J Hill, K J Schmehl, S M McInt andre, , 2012, "Computational studies of the roles of shrouds and multiphase flow in high speed gear windage loss", American Helicopter Society 68th Annual Forum
  • Robert Kunz, D P Porzio and D C Haworth, 2010, "Multiscale modeling of human respiration", 16th US National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • Robert Kunz, M `J Hill, R B Medvitz, R F Handschuh, L N Long and R W Noack, 2010, "CFD analysis of gear windage losses: validation and parametric aerodynamic studies", American Helicopter Society 66th Annual Forum
  • Robert Kunz, M P Kinzel and J W Lindau, 2009, "A level-set approach for compressible, multiphase fluid flows with mass transfer", AIAA paper 2009-4152 CFD Meeting
  • Robert Kunz, R W Noack, D A Boger and P M Carrica, 2009, "Suggar++: An improved general overset grid assembly capability", AIAA Paper 2009-3992, 19th AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference
  • Robert Kunz, D C Haworth, D P Porzio and A Kriete, 2009, "Progress towards a medical image through CFD analysis toolkit for respiratory function assessment on a clinical time scale", 6th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2009),
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, W L Moody, M P Kinzel, J J Dreyer and E G Paterson, 2009, "Computation of cavitating flow through marine propulsors", 1st Marine Propulsor Symposium
  • Robert Kunz, M P Kinzel and J W Lindau, 2009, "A Level-Set Approach for Large-Scale Cavitation", DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program’s 2009 Users Group Conference
  • Robert Kunz, M P Kinzel and J W Lindau, 2009, "Air entrainment mechanisms from artificial supercavities: insight based on numerical simulations", 7th International Symposium on Cavitation CAV2009
  • Robert Kunz, M P Kinzel and J W Peltier, 2008, "Free-surface proximity effects in developed and super-cavitation", DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program’s 2008 Users Group Conference
  • Robert Kunz, M J Hill, R W Noack, L N Long, P J Morris and R F Handschuh, 2008, "Application and validation of unstructured overset CFD technology for rotorcraft gearbox windage aerodynamics simulations", American Helicopter Society 64th Annual Forum
  • Robert Kunz, M P Kinzel, J W Lindau, L J Peltier, F J Zajaczkowski, R Arndt, M Wosnik and T M Mallison, 2007, "Computational investigations of air entrainment, hysteresis, and loading for large-scale, buoyant cavities", DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program’s 2007 Users Group Conference
  • Robert Kunz, M P Kinzel, J W Lindau, V Sankaran and L J Peltier, 2007, "Detached-Eddy simulations for cavitating flows", AIAA Paper No. 2007-4098, 18th AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, M P Kinzel, D R Stinebring, D` A Boger and R W Noack, 2006, "The effects of a free-surface on computed turbulent, super and partially cavitating flows", 9th International Symposium on Cavitation
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, E G Paterson, M P Kinzel, D A Boger and R W Noack, 2006, "Computation of turbulent and partially cavitating flows beneath a free surface", 26th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics
  • Robert Kunz, 2006, "Impact of heat transfer on contaminant dispersion in a public building", ASME Paper FED2006-98484, Proceedings of FEDSM2006: Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Summer Conference
  • Robert Kunz, M P Kinzel, S M Willits, J W Lindau, D A Boger, R B Medvitz and R W Noack, 2006, "CFD simulations of oscillating hydrofoils with cavitation", AIAA Paper No. 2006-1039, 44rd Aerospace Sciences Meeting
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, S Venkaseswaran, D R Stinebring and L J Peltier, 2005, "Development and application of turbulent, multiphase CFD to supercavitation", 2nd International Symposium on Seawater Drag Reduction
  • Robert Kunz, H J Gibeling, M R Maxey, G Tryggvason, A A Fontaine, H L Petrie and S L Ceccio, 2005, "Validation of two-fluid Eulerian CFD modeling for microbubble drag reduction across a wide range of reynolds numbers", 2nd International Symposium on Seawater Drag Reduction
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, V Sankaran and D R Stinebring, 2004, "Homogeneous multiphase CFD modeling of large scale cavities", Invited Paper/Lecture, European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS 2004
  • Robert Kunz, A Kriete, A H Schmidt, S Zidowitz and D C Haworth, 2004, "Simulations at a newly derived reference model of the human lung", Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic Systems II
  • Robert Kunz, E G Paterson, W A Baker, L J Pelt ander, , 2004, "RANS and detached-eddy simulation of the NCCR airfoil", DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program’s 2004 Users Group Conference
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, J M Mulherin, J J Dreyer and D R Stinebring, 2003, "Fully coupled, 6DOF to URANS modeling of cavitating flows around a supercavitating vehicle", Cav03-OS-7-019, Fifth International Symposium on Cavitation (CAV2003)
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, T A Kaday and L J Peltier, 2003, "Unsteady RANS And detached eddy simulations of cavitating flow over a hydrofoil", Cav03-OS-1-12, Fifth International Symposium on Cavitation (CAV2003)
  • Robert Kunz, and , , 2003, "Propeller Cavitation Breakdown Analysis", ASME Paper FEDSM03-45407 Proceedings of FEDSM’03: The 2003 Joint ASME-JSME Fluids Engineering Summer Conference
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, S Venkateswaran and C L Merkle, 2003, "Multiphase computations for underwater propulsive flows", AIAA Paper 2003-4105 , presented at the 15th AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference
  • Robert Kunz, D C Haworth, L S Leemhuis, A C Davison, S Zidowitz and A Kriete, 2003, "Eulerian multiphase CFD analysis of particle transport and deposition in the human lung", BIOMEDICINE 2003
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, H J Gibeling, D J Reese, J M Mulherin and D J Bieryla, 2003, "Unsteady, three-dimensional multiphase CFD analysis of maneuvering high speed supercavitating vehicles", 41st Aerospace Sciences Meeting & Exhibit
  • Robert Kunz and N Salman, 2002, "Flow field and thermal management analysis of an armored vehicle engine compartment", The Aerodynamics Of Heavy Vehicles: Trucks, Buses And Trains
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, S Venkateswaran and D A Boger, 2001, "Application of preconditioned, multiple-species, Navier-Stokes models to cavitating flows", CAV-2001
  • Robert Kunz, W S Yu, S P Antal and S M Ettorre, 2001, "An unstructured two-fluid method based on the coupled phasic exchange algorithm", AIAA Paper 2001-2672, presented at the 15th AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, S Venkateswaran and C L Merkle, 2001, "Development of a fully-comppressible multi-phase Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes model", AIAA Paper 2001-2648, pre¬sented at the 15th AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference
  • Robert Kunz, R B Medvitz, D A Boger, J W Lindau, A M Yocum and L L Pauley, 2001, "Performance analysis of cavitating flow in centrifugal pumps using multiphase CFD", ASME Paper FEDSM2001-18114, presented at 2001 ASME Fluids Engineering Conference
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau, M L Billet and D R Stinebring, 2001, "Multiphase CFD modeling of developed and supercavitating flows", Von Karman Institute Special Course on Supercavitating Flows
  • Robert Kunz, S Venkateswaran, J W Lindau and C L Merkle, 2001, "Preconditioning algorithms for the computation of multi-phase mixture flows", AIAA Paper 2001-0279, presented at the 39th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
  • Robert Kunz and J H Mahaffy, 2000, "A review of data analysis techniques for application in automated quantitative accuracy asssessments", International Meeting on "Best-Esti¬mate" Methods in Nuclear Installation Safety Analysis (BE-2000
  • Robert Kunz, S P Antal, S M Ettorre and M Z Podowski, 2000, "Development of a next generation computer code for the prediction of multicomponent multiphase flows", International Meeting on Trends in Numerical and Physical Modeling for Industrial Multiphase Flow
  • Robert Kunz, J W Lindau and H J Gibeling, 2000, "Validation of high reynolds number, unsteady multi-phase CFD modeling for naval applications", 23rd Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics
  • Robert Kunz, R D Joslin and D R Stinebring, 2000, "Flow control technology readiness: aerodynamic versus hydrodynamic", AIAA Paper 2000-4412, presented at the AIAA 18th Applied Aerodynamics Conference
  • Robert Kunz, G F Kasmala, C J Murray and J H Mahaffy, 2000, "An automated code assessment program for determining systems code accuracy", OECD/CSNI Workshop on Advanced Thermal-Hydraulic and Neutronic Codes: Current and Future Applications
  • Robert Kunz, D A Boger, D R Stinebring, Chyzewski, H J Gibeling and T R Govindan, 1999, "Multi-phase CFD analysis of natural and ventilated cavitation about submerged bodies", ASME Paper FEDSM99-7364, presented at 1999 ASME Fluids Engineering Conference
  • Robert Kunz, D R Stinebring, J E Dzielski, R E Cook, R Kuklinski and G Benoit, 1999, "High-speed aupercavitating weapons", Submarine Technology Symposium 1999
  • Robert Kunz, D A Boger, D R Stinebring, Chyzewski, H J Gibeling, S Venkateswaran and T R Govindan, 1999, "A preconditioned implicit method for two-phase flows with application to cavitation prediction", AIAA Paper 99-3329, presented at 14th AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference
  • Robert Kunz, G F Kasmala, C J Murray and J H Mahaffy, 1998, "Application of data analysis techniques to nuclear reactor systems code accuracy assessment", IAEA Confer¬ence on Experimental Tests and Qualification of Analytical Methods to Address Thermalhydraulic Phenomena in Advanced Water Cooled Reactors
  • Robert Kunz, S W D'Amico, P F Vassallo, M A Zaccaria, H Aksoy and R.M.C So, 1995, "LDV measurement and Navier-Stokes computation of parallel jet mixing in a rectangular confinement", AIAA Paper 95-2147, presented at the 26th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference
  • Robert Kunz, B W Siebert, C C Maneri and D P Edwards, 1995, "A four-field model and CFD implementation for multi-dimensional heated two-phase flows", Second Interna¬tional Conference on Multiphase Flow
  • Robert Kunz, P F Muro and M K Weiner, 1994, "A tracking and steering graphical interface tool for CFD code development", CFD International Users Conference
  • Robert Kunz and B Lakshminarayana, 1992, "Navier-Stokes investigation of a transonic centrifugal compressor stage using an algebraic reynolds stress model", AIAA Paper 92-3311, presented at the AIAA/SAE/ASME 28th Joint Propulsion Conference
  • Robert Kunz, A H Basson and B Lakshminarayana, 1991, "Grid generation for three-dimensional turbomachinery geometries including tip clearance", AIAA Paper 91-2360, presented at the AIAA/SAE/ASME 27th Joint Propulsion Conference
  • Robert K andnz, , 1991, "Three-dimensional Navier-Stokes computation of Turbomachinery flows using an explicit numerical procedure and a coupled k-e turbulence model", ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, ASME Paper 91-GT-146, presented at the ASME Gas Tubine Conference
  • Robert Kunz and B Kakshminarayana, 1991, "Stability of explicit 3D Navier-Stokes/k-e procdedures in complex internal flow calculations", AIAA Paper 91-0018, presented at 29th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
  • Robert Kunz, B Lakshminarayana and A H Basson, 1991, "Investigation of tip clearance phenomena in an axial compressor cascade using euler and Navier-Stokes procedures", ASME Paper 92-GT- 299, presented at the ASME Gas Tubine Conference
  • Robert Kunz, C M Rhie and R E Malecki, 1988, "Calculation of internal flows using a single-pass parabolized Navier-Stokes analysis"

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Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Barnes W. McCormack Lectureship Award, 2014
  • Honorable Mention, ASME Gas Turbine Paper-of-the-Year Award, 1993
  • AIAA Gordon C. Oates Graduate Air Breathing Propulsion Award, 1991
  • Top 25 Most Cited Paper all time, Computers and Fluids, 2011

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