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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

  • Sanjay Adhikari and Alexander Rattner, 2018, "Heat transfer during condensing droplet coalescence", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 127A, pp. 1159-1169
  • Christopher J Greer, Michael V Paul and Alexander Rattner, 2018, "Analysis of lithium-combustion power systems for extreme environment spacecraft", Acta Astronautica, 151, pp. 68-79
  • Allison J Mahvi, Alexander Rattner, Jennifer Lin and Srinivas Garimella, 2018, "Challenges in predicting steam-side pressure drop and heat transfer in air-cooled power plant condensers", Applied Thermal Engineering, 133, pp. 396-406
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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, 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, 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
  • 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, 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, 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, pp. 3650–3660
  • Yue Cao, Alexander Rattner and Yiping Dai, , "Thermoeconomic analysis of a gas turbine and cascaded CO2 combined cycle using thermal oil as an intermediate heat-transfer fluid", Energy, 162, pp. 1253-1268

Conference Proceedings

  • David Hobby, Tom Walker, Alexander Rattner, Chris Jacobsen, David Sherrer and Todd Bandhauer, 2018, "Comparison of experimental and computational heat transfer characterization of water jet impingement array with interspersed fluid extraction", Atlanta, GA
  • Yue Cao, Alexander Rattner, Jiangfeng Wang and Yiping Dai, 2018, "Optimal design and thermodynamic analysis of gas turbine and carbon dioxide combined cycles", Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mahdi Nabil and Alexander Rattner, 2018, "LES simulation of turbulent supercritical CO2 heat transfer in microchannels", Pittsburgh, PA
  • Shahzaib Abbasi and Alexander Rattner, 2018, "Cascaded thermoelectric generation and absorption refrigeration waste heat recovery"
  • Mahdi Nabil and Alexander Rattner, , "Heat transfer performance of heated upward turbulent supercritical CO2 flow in a Microchannel: a numerical study", Atlanta, GA
  • Stephen M Eshghy and Alexander Rattner, , "Two-phase flow in plain and enhanced narrow gaps: pressure drop and interfacial area density trends", Atlanta, GA

Abstracts

  • Chris J Greer, Michael V Paul and Alexander Rattner, 2018, "Analysis of lithium-combustion power systems for extreme environment spacecraft"
  • Mahdi Nabil and Alexander Rattner, 2017, "A computational study on high-flux heating of supercritical CO2 in microscale geometries"

Technical Reports

Research Projects

  • December 2017 - July 2021, "Hot Operating Temperature Lithium combustion IN situ Energy and Power System (HOTLINE Power System)," (Sponsor: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory LLC).
  • September 2016 - August 2019, "Collaborative Research: Computational and Experimental Investigation of High-Flux Heating of Supercritical Fluids in Microscale Geometries," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).

Honors and Awards

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The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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