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Robert A. Tatara, Ph.D.
Professor

Department

Technology

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Polymers
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Thermo-Fluids
  • Solar Energy
  • Alternative Energy

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

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)

Robert A. Tatara

Contact

815-753-1130
rtatara@niu.edu
SG 212

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Engineering Building
590 Garden Rd, DeKalb, IL
815-753-1442
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