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Robert Santoro

Professor Emeritus

Affiliation(s):

  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

232 Research Building East

rjs2@psu.edu

814-863-1285

Research Areas:

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Education

Publications

Research Projects

  • March 2011 - November 2015, "Support of Alternate Fuels Team," (Sponsor: Dayton, University of).
  • October 2011 - February 2013, "Continuous Detonation Rocket and Airbreathing Engine Testing - Completion of Testing," (Sponsor: HyPerComp, Inc.).
  • October 2011 - February 2013, "Continuous Detonation Rocket and Airbreathing Engine Testing - Preparation and Initial Testing," (Sponsor: HyPerComp, Inc.).
  • July 2007 - June 2012, "Generation of Comprehensive Surrogate Kinetic Models and Validation Databases for Simulating Large Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon Fuel," (Sponsor: Princeton University).
  • October 2009 - September 2012, "An Experimental and Chemical Kinetics Study of the Combustion of Syngas and High Hydrogen Content Fuels," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • October 2010 - September 2011, "LOX-Methane Single Element Testing (Option 1)," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • October 2010 - September 2011, "LOX-Methane Single Element Testing (Option 1)," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • October 2010 - September 2011, "LOX-Methane Single Element Testing (Option 1)," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • October 2010 - September 2011, "LOX-Methane Single Element Testing (Option 1)," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • January 2007 - February 2011, "SERDP Program: Combustion Science to Reduce Emissions from Military Platforms," (Sponsor: Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc.).
  • July 2007 - November 2011, "Generation of Comprehensive Surrogate Kinetic Models and Validation Databases for Simulating Large Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon Fuel," (Sponsor: Princeton University).
  • January 2011 - June 2011, "DSG Igniter and Injector Early Risk Reduction Testing," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • January 2011 - March 2011, "DSG Igniter and Injector Early Risk Reduction Testing," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • February 2010 - December 2010, "GE Redesign Effort," (Sponsor: General Electric Co.).
  • July 2007 - June 2010, "Generation of Comprehensive Surrogate Kinetic Models and Validation Databases for Simulating Large Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon Fuel," (Sponsor: Princeton University).
  • August 2010 - November 2010, "Continuous Detonation Wave Engine Testing," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • March 2009 - March 2010, "Combustion Characteristics of New Swirl Injector Designs: New Swirl Injector Designs for LOX/RP1," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • July 2007 - November 2010, "Generation of Comprehensive Surrogate Kinetic Models and Validation Databases for Simulating Large Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon Fuel," (Sponsor: Princeton University).
  • May 2009 - July 2010, "Sensitivity of Combustion Instability Initiation to Chamber Geometry," (Sponsor: ERC, Inc.).
  • September 2005 - March 2010, "NSSTC Cooperative Agreement - Extension of CDIT Studies," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • September 2005 - March 2010, "NSSTC Cooperative Agreement-CDIT Seventh Injector," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • January 2007 - January 2010, "Performance Studies of the Ejector Mode of an Unsteady Pulse Detonation RBCC Engine," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • January 2007 - January 2010, "Performance Studies of the Ejector Mode of an Unsteady Pulse Detonation RBCC Engine," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • January 2007 - January 2010, "Performance Studies of the Ejector Mode of an Unsteady Pulse Detonation RBCC Engine," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • January 2007 - September 2010, "Performance Studies of the Ejector Mode of an Unsteady Pulse Detonation RBCC Engine - Additional Task," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • March 2005 - March 2010, "Rocket Combustion and Fluid Dynamics Studies," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • February 2006 - May 2009, "High Frequency Combustion Instability Studies for LOX/Methane Fueled Rocket Engines," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • January 2009 - December 2009, "Penn State USA Nozzle Flameholding," (Sponsor: General Electric Co.).
  • January 2007 - December 2009, "SERDP Program: Combustion Science to Reduce Emissions from Military Platforms," (Sponsor: Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc.).
  • July 2007 - November 2009, "Generation of Comprehensive Surrogate Kinetic Models and Validation Databases for Simulating Large Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon Fuel," (Sponsor: Princeton University).
  • October 2007 - September 2009, "One Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)," (Sponsor: University of Maryland).
  • October 2007 - September 2009, "One Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)," (Sponsor: University of Maryland).
  • October 2007 - September 2009, "One Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)," (Sponsor: University of Maryland).
  • October 2007 - September 2009, "One Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)," (Sponsor: University of Maryland).
  • October 2007 - September 2009, "One Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)," (Sponsor: University of Maryland).
  • October 2007 - September 2009, "One Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)," (Sponsor: University of Maryland).
  • October 2007 - September 2009, "One Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)," (Sponsor: University of Maryland).
  • August 2005 - May 2009, "Autoignition Studies of Syngas and Hydrogen (SGH) Fuels (Listed under South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies)," (Sponsor: Clemson University Research Foundation).
  • March 2007 - March 2009, "Combustion Characteristics of New Swirl Injector Designs," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • August 2005 - July 2008, "Autoignition Studies of Syngas and Hydrogen (SGH) Fuels (Listed under South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies)," (Sponsor: Clemson University Research Foundation).
  • August 2005 - January 2008, "Autoignition Studies of Syngas and Hydrogen (SGH) Fuels (Listed under South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies)," (Sponsor: Clemson University Research Foundation).
  • August 2006 - September 2008, "Constellation University Institutes Project," (Sponsor: University of Florida).
  • July 2007 - November 2008, "Generation of Comprehensive Surrogate Kinetic Models and Validation Databases for Simulating Large Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon Fuel," (Sponsor: Princeton University).
  • July 2007 - June 2008, "CII - Advanced Thermally Stable Coal-Based Jet Fuels," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • July 2007 - June 2008, "CII - Advanced Thermally Stable Coal-Based Jet Fuels," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • March 2007 - March 2008, "Request for Quote No.: 50109978, Combustion Characteristics of Liquid Oxygen," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • January 2007 - December 2008, "SERDP Program: Combustion Science to Reduce Emissions from Military Platforms," (Sponsor: Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc.).
  • October 2007 - September 2008, "One Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)," (Sponsor: University of Maryland).
  • October 2007 - September 2008, "One Constellation University Institutes Project (CUIP)," (Sponsor: University of Maryland).
  • April 2007 - December 2008, "Penn State USA Nozzle Flameholding," (Sponsor: General Electric Co.).
  • April 2007 - December 2008, "Penn State USA Nozzle Flameholding," (Sponsor: General Electric Co.).
  • July 2006 - June 2008, "Advanced Thermally Stable Coal-based Jet Fuels," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • July 2007 - June 2008, "Advanced Thermally Stable Coal-Based Jet Fuels," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • July 2007 - June 2008, "Advanced Thermally Stable Coal-Based Jet Fuels," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • January 2007 - May 2007, "Performance Studies of the Ejector Mode of an Unsteady Pulse Detonation RBCC Engine," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • July 1999 - June 2007, "Advanced Thermally Stable Coal-Based Jet Fuels," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • February 2006 - November 2007, "High Frequency Combustion Instability Studies for LOX/Methane Fueled Rocket Engines," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • January 2007 - December 2007, "SERDP Program: Combustion Science to Reduce Emissions from Military Platforms," (Sponsor: Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc.).
  • August 2005 - February 2007, "UTTAPS Propulsion Research Effort," (Sponsor: University of Alabama).
  • November 1999 - February 2007, "The Combustion Characteristics of Liquid Oxygen (LOX)/Gaseous Hydrogen (GH2) Shear Coaxial," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • November 1999 - February 2007, "The Combustion Characteristics of Liquid Oxygen (LOX)/Gaseous Hydrogen (GH2) Shear Coaxial," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • June 2006 - May 2007, "Ultramet Hot Fire Testing," (Sponsor: Ultramet).
  • June 2006 - May 2007, "Ultramet Hot Fire Testing - Additional Effort," (Sponsor: Ultramet).
  • September 2004 - April 2007, "Examination of Diesel Soot Characteristics that lead to Undesirable Interactions with Lubricants & Lubricant Additives," (Sponsor: Infineum USA L.P.).
  • July 2007 - November 2007, "Generation of Comprehensive Surrogate Kinetic Models and Validation Databases for Simulating Large Molecular Weight Hydrocarbon Fuel," (Sponsor: Princeton University).
  • April 2007 - December 2007, "Penn State USA Nozzle Flameholding," (Sponsor: General Electric Co.).
  • April 2007 - December 2007, "Penn State USA Nozzle Flameholding," (Sponsor: General Electric Co.).
  • August 2006 - August 2007, "Constellation University Institutes Project - Penn State Subcontract," (Sponsor: University of Florida).
  • February 2007 - July 2007, "Aerojet Spray Measurements - Phase I," (Sponsor: Aerojet Corporation).
  • August 2005 - July 2007, "Autoignition Studies of Syngas and Hydrogen (SGH) Fuels (Listed under South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies)," (Sponsor: Clemson University Research Foundation).
  • August 2005 - July 2006, "Autoignition Studies of Syngas and Hydrogen (SGH) Fuels (Listed under South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies)," (Sponsor: Clemson University Research Foundation).
  • August 2005 - August 2006, "UTTAPS Propulsion Research Effort," (Sponsor: University of Alabama).
  • November 1999 - February 2006, "The Combustion Characteristics of Liquid Oxygen (LOX)/Gaseous Hydrogen (GH2) Shear Coaxial," (Sponsor: Boeing Company).
  • August 2005 - December 2006, "Rocket Injector Experiments for Sub-Cooled Propellants," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney).
  • September 2004 - September 2006, "Investigate Soot Morphology and Reactivity," (Sponsor: Infineum USA L.P.).
  • February 2001 - January 2006, "Soot Abatement Additive Studies," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • February 2001 - January 2006, "Soot Abatement Additive Studies," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • February 2006 - November 2006, "High Frequency Combustion Instability Studies for LOX/Methane Fueled Rocket Engines," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • December 2001 - June 2005, "Thrust Augmentation Measurements Using Pulse Detonation Ejector," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • March 2001 - September 2005, "Validation Data for Full Flow Staged Combustion Injectors: Additional Efforts," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • March 2001 - September 2005, "Validation Data for Full Flow Staged Combustion Injectors: Additional Efforts," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • November 1999 - February 2005, "The Combustion Characteristics of Liquid Oxygen (LOX)/Gaseous Hydrogen (GH2) Shear Coaxial," (Sponsor: Boeing Company).
  • January 2003 - August 2005, "UTTAPS Propulsion Research Effort," (Sponsor: University of Alabama).
  • January 2003 - August 2005, "UTTAPS Propulsion Research Effort," (Sponsor: University of Alabama).
  • January 2003 - August 2005, "UTTAPS Propulsion Research Effort," (Sponsor: University of Alabama).
  • September 2004 - September 2005, "Investigate Soot Morphology and Reactivity," (Sponsor: Infineum USA L.P.).
  • February 2002 - February 2004, "Additional Rocketdyne Rocket Injector Studies," (Sponsor: Boeing Company).
  • February 2004 - July 2004, "Evaluation of Experimental Requirements and Measurement Techniques for Cavitation in Cryogenic F," (Sponsor: Combustion Research and Flow Technology Inc.).
  • March 2001 - October 2004, "Focused Validation Data for Full Flow Staged Combustion Injectors (Rescoped Tasks)," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
  • May 2002 - December 2004, "Multi-cycle Studies of Pulse Detonation Engine Performance," (Sponsor: Stanford University).
  • December 2001 - December 2004, "Thrust Augmentation Measurements Using Pulse Detonation Ejector," (Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration).

Honors and Awards

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Chairperson, PSIEE Organizational Structure Review Committee, July 2011 - December 2011
  • Committee Work, Member, Engineering Selection Panel for the Faculty Scholar Medal, October 2010 - December 2010
  • Committee Work, Decision Review Board, Penn State-Chevron Strategic Alliance for Coal Conversion Technologies, August 2007 - April 2009
  • Committee Work, Search Committee for Director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, May 2007 - September 2007
  • Contribution to Programs to Enhance Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity, Other, Host, Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) for Minority Engineering and Science Students, June 2005 - August 2005
  • Contribution to Programs to Enhance Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity, Other, Host, March 2005 - August 2005
  • Contribution to Programs to Enhance Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity, Other, Host, 2004 - 2005
  • Contribution to Programs to Enhance Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity, Other, Host, January 2001 - December 2002
  • Contribution to Programs to Enhance Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity, Other, Host, SROP, 2004

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