Robert A. Tatara

Professor, Technology
Email: rtatara@niu.edu
Tel: 815-753-1130

Education

B.S.Ch.E. (1978), M.S. (1981), Ph.D. (1983) in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University

Research Interests

Polymers, Rapid Prototyping, Thermo-Fluids, Solar Energy, Alternative Energy.

Work Experience

  • Department of Technology, NIU (2002-present)
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIU (1995-2001)
  • Quality Assurance Manager, Nutemp, Inc. (1993-1994)
  • Technical Specialist, ABB Impell Corp. (1989-1993)
  • Senior Heat Transfer Engineer, Standard Refrigeration Co. (1987-1989)
  • Senior Engineer, Borg-Warner Research Center (1983-1987)

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, 1993-2001, 2007-present
  • Coordinator for the local student chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers, 2002 – present.

Selected Publications

  • “Using Temperature Measurement Uncertainty to Assess Heat Exchanger Performance Monitoring Data,” International Journal of Heat Exchangers, Vol. 8, 2007, with G. M. Lupia
  • “Compression Molding of Phenolic Resin and Corn-based DDGS Blends,” Journal of Polymers and the Environment, Vol. 15, 2007, with S. Suraparaju, and K. A. Rosentrater
  • “Analytical and Experimental Studies of Properties of Ethanol Coproduct-Filled Plastics,” Proceedings of The 2006 IJME/INTERTECH 9th Annual Conference on Engineering and Technology, Union, New Jersey, session ENT 105-025, October 2006, with A. W. Otieno, S. Suraparaju, and K. A. Rosentrater
  • “Modeling the Injection Molding Processing of a Polypropylene Closure having an Integral Hinge,” Journal of Materials Processing, Vol. 176, 2006, with R. M. Sievers and V. Hierzer
  • “Simulating the Polypropylene Filling of a Dispensing Closure Mold with Injection Molding Software,” ASEE 2005 IL/IN Sectional Conference, 2005, with R. M. Sievers and V. Hierzer
  • “The Measurement of Forces Developed by a Double-Acting Pneumatic Cylinder,” ASEE 2005 IL/IN Sectional Conference, 2005, with W. W. Ferry
  • “Multiple Engagement Wet Clutch Heat Transfer Model,” Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A, Vol. 42, 2002, with P. Payvar
  • “Measurement of Spray Boiling Refrigerant Coefficients in an Integral-Fin Tube Bundle Segment Simulating a Full Bundle,” International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 24, 2001, with P. Payvar
  • “Pool Boiling of Pure R134a from a Single Turbo-BII-HP Tube,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 43, 2000, with P. Payvar
  • “Effects of Oil on Boiling of Replacement Refrigerants Flowing Normal to a Tube Bundle - Part II. R-134a,” ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 106, 2000, with P. Payvar
  • "Effects of Oil on Boiling of Replacement Refrigerants Flowing Normal to a Tube Bundle - Part I. R-123,” ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 106, 2000, with P. Payvar

Research Projects

During the past ten years Dr. Tatara has been active in sponsored research projects that focus on measuring fundamental properties of materials and processes. His present research is the experimental measurement of properties of biomaterials as well as optimizing solar energy concentrators. His work has been funded by ASHRAE, USDA, EPA, SPE, and industry.

 

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