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(60) Selected Research Projects

  • January 2010—December 2013, "DOE/PSU Graduate Student Fellowship Program for Hydropower Research," (Sponsor: US Department of Energy (DOE)).

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  • August 2012—October 2012, "IDS Proposal: CFD Simulations to Analyze a Heated, Pressurized Chamber," (Sponsor: Vacuum Processes, Inc., Everett, PA).
  • May 2012—September 2012, "IDS Proposal: Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations to Optimize Jet Pump Vacuum Systems for Food Handling," (Sponsor: JLS Automation).
  • July 2006—June 2011, "Gap Junctions and Bone Cell Responses to Physical Signals," (Sponsor: NIH).
  • January 2009—May 2009, "EXTENSION - HOLTEC Dry Storage Cask Heat Transfer Experiments," (Sponsor: HOLTEC International Company).
  • September 2008—December 2008, "EXTENSION - HOLTEC Dry Storage Cask Heat Transfer Experiments," (Sponsor: HOLTEC International Company).
  • August 2006—December 2008, "Impact of Air Return Strategy on Building Energy Consumption and Indoor Air Quality," (Sponsor: NCEMBT).
  • March 2008—September 2008, "HOLTEC Dry Storage Cask Heat Transfer Experiments," (Sponsor: HOLTEC International Company).
  • May 2006—December 2006, "IEC Seed Funds - Modeling of Particle Resuspension due to Human Walking," (Sponsor: Penn State Indoor Environment Center).
  • July 2005—June 2006, "Experiential Learning in Fluid Flow Class," (Sponsor: Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence).
  • June 2005—December 2005, "Seed Funds for CFD Calculations - Modeling of the Spread of Airborne Diseases in Chicken Houses," (Sponsor: Penn State Indoor Environment Center).
  • May 2005—August 2005, "Diffuser Design for High Discharge Rate Stratified Inhibited Water System Buffer Tank," (Sponsor: Canadian Natural Resources Limited).
  • October 2003—September 2004, "Stress Analysis on the Fabric of a 32m Aerostat, Including Aerodynamic Stresses," (Sponsor: Clemson University).
  • April 2000—March 2004, "Mechanotransduction in Bone via Oscillating Fluid Flow," (Sponsor: NIH - Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service).
  • January 2002—December 2003, "Design, Measurement, Modeling, and Analysis of Heat Pipe Neutron Radiography, Year 3," (Sponsor: Bechtel Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory).
  • December 2002—November 2003, "A Role for Annexin V in Bone Cell Mechanotransduction," (Sponsor: NIH).
  • December 2002—November 2003, "Heat Transfer Modeling in a Loop Heat Pipe," (Sponsor: TTH Research, Inc.).
  • November 2001—September 2003, "Advanced Aerostat Modeling for the ADAM Program," (Sponsor: Clemson University / ARMY BMDO).
  • January 1999—December 2002, "Prediction of loss coefficients through pipe elbows with Fluent," (Sponsor: unfunded).
  • January 2002—January 2002, "Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry for Engineering Research and Education," (Sponsor: NSF).
  • September 2000—December 2001, "Thermal Performance of Single Pipe Diffusers in Stratified Chilled Water Storage Tanks," (Sponsor: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)).
  • April 2000—September 2001, "Safety Analysis Report (SAR) for the Army Pulse Radiation Facility (APRF)," (Sponsor: (APRF)).
  • April 2000—September 2001, "Safety Analysis Report (SAR) for the Army Pulse Radiation Facility (APRF)," (Sponsor: Army).
  • October 2000—August 2001, "Design, Measurement, Modeling, and Analysis of Heat Pipe Neutron Radiography, Year 2," (Sponsor: Bechtel Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory).
  • August 2000—June 2001, "Analysis of Fog Remediation Measures for Ft. Wainwright, Alaska Cooling Pond," (Sponsor: ZBA, Inc.).
  • May 2000—December 2000, "Analytical Model of Plasma Arc Jet Metal Cutting Hypotherm," (Sponsor: G. Settles was Principal Investigator, Prof. Cimbala performed some analytical analysis for the project, and advised a student, L. Fisher.).
  • April 2000—September 2000, "Design, Measurement, Modeling, and Analysis of Heat Pipe Neutron Radiography, Year 1," (Sponsor: Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory).
  • July 1997—June 2000, "Pathways to Effective Learning in Engineering using Information Technology - A Proposal on Learning Excellence," (Sponsor: Prof. Cimbala helped to write the proposal, but was not a very active participant. D. Sathianathan, R. Pangborn and H. Grotch were Principal Investigators).
  • July 1998—June 1999, "Computational Fluid Dynamics of Draft Tubes (Year 2)," (Sponsor: American Hydro Corporation and Ben Franklin Technology Center).
  • October 1997—June 1998, "Computational Fluid Dynamics of Draft Tubes," (Sponsor: American Hydro Corporation and Ben Franklin Technology Center).
  • November 1996—June 1998, "Enhancement of Teaching Through Use of the Internet," (Sponsor: Project affiliated with the IBM Master Teacher Team).
  • January 1996—June 1998, "Sling Forces on Aircraft Caused by External Loads," (Sponsor: Boeing, Helicopter Div).
  • May 1997—June 1998, "Use of the Internet for Curricular Renovation and Enhancement," (Sponsor: PSU College of Engineering).
  • May 1997—April 1998, "Development of Internet-Based Learning Modules and Quizzes for Educational Enhancement," (Sponsor: Education Technology Services (CAC), PSU).
  • October 1996—June 1997, "NASA Minority Undergraduate Research Assignment (MURA) Program - A Proposal for Mr. Alejandro Moreno," (Sponsor: NASA Space Grant Program).
  • May 1996—June 1997, "Use of the Internet to Enhance Teaching of Undergraduate Fluid Mechanics," (Sponsor: PSU College of Engineering).
  • September 1995—June 1997, "Wear of Tubing Elbows in Plastic Chip Conveying," (Sponsor: Conair Franklin Co. and Ben Franklin Technology Center).
  • March 1994—April 1997, "Direct Numerical Simulations of Turbulent Wakes," (Sponsor: Computer time funded by NASA Langley).
  • September 1995—August 1996, "Wear of Tubing Elbows in Plastic Chip Conveying," (Sponsor: Conair Franklin Co. and Ben Franklin Technology Center).
  • May 1995—December 1995, "Incorporation of Turbulence Model Modules, Roughness, and Tip-Gap Modifications into a Rapid Turbopump CFD Code," (Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney Incorporated).
  • June 1995—August 1995, "ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship," (Sponsor: NASA - Langley Research Center).
  • December 1994—August 1995, "Comparison of Turbulence Models in a Supersonic Wake," (Sponsor: Computer time funded by NASA Langley).
  • September 1994—June 1995, "Optimization of a Photocatalytic Reactor in an Air Pollution Control System," (Sponsor: Unfunded - Worked on a project funded through ARL, but did not receive any direct funding).
  • June 1994—August 1994, "ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship," (Sponsor: NASA - Langley Research Center).
  • September 1988—June 1994, "Experimental Investigation of Freely Rotatable Cylinder/Splitter Plate," (Sponsor: Unfunded research).
  • August 1993—May 1994, "Sabbatical Leave," (Sponsor: NASA - Langley Research Center, through an IPA agreement).
  • July 1993—August 1993, "ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship," (Sponsor: NASA - Langley Research Center).
  • January 1990—December 1992, "Experiments on Airfoil Wake Suppression," (Sponsor: ARL (this was a portion of a larger grant from D.A.R.P.A.)).
  • January 1992—September 1992, "Experiments on the Effect of Dual-Jet Base Injection on the Near Wake of an Airfoil," (Sponsor: ARL (this was a portion of a larger grant from D.A.R.P.A.)).
  • October 1987—September 1992, "Investigation of the Flow Instability Associated with a Ground Vortex," (Sponsor: NASA-Ames).
  • March 1994—February 1992, "Turbulence Modeling of Free Shear Flows -The Role of Large Eddies," (Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center (320 hours of NAS Cray C-90 computer CPU time)).
  • October 1988—September 1990, "An Experimental Study of Wake Suppression at an Airfoil/Body Junction," (Sponsor: Applied Research Laboratory E/F Grant).
  • August 1987—January 1990, "Engineering Initiation Award: An Investigation of the Turbulent Structure in Two-Dimensional Momentumless Wakes," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • July 1986—December 1989, "An Investigation of the Internal Flow in a Torque Converter," (Sponsor: Chrysler Corporation).
  • October 1987—September 1988, "Cylinder Flow Field Study," (Sponsor: Naval Air Development Center).
  • October 1985—December 1987, "An Investigation of the Fluid Mechanics of Cavitation Inception in Rectangular Slots Along a Boundary Layer," (Sponsor: Applied Research Laboratory E/F Grant).
  • September 1986—August 1987, "An Experimental Investigation of the Turbulent Structure in Two-Dimensional Momentumless Wakes," (Sponsor: Engineering Foundation).
  • September 1986—August 1987, "Preliminary Experiments on the Feasibility of SCEPS Visualization Using Real-Time Neutron Radiography," (Sponsor: Applied Research Laboratory).
  • May 1987—August 1987, "Unrestricted grant for wind tunnel laboratory," (Sponsor: International Signal and Control Technologies).
  • July 1985—June 1986, "An Experimental Investigation of the Flow Downstream of a Cavity," (Sponsor: The Pennsylvania State University).
 

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