Andrew Sommers, Ph. D.

Research Highlights

Research Interests

  • Air-side heat transfer
  • Micro-fluids
Portrait of Dr. Andrew Sommers

Associate Professor

56S Garland Hall
513-529-0718
sommerad@MiamiOH.edu
http://www.users.miamioh.edu/sommerad

Degrees

  • Ph.D.—Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL—2007.
  • M.S.—Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL—2003.
  • B.S.—Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC—2001.

Years of Service on this Faculty

  • Associate Professor, 2013–present
  • Assistant Professor, 2007—2013

Related Experience

  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship (AFRL/ASEE), Propulsion Directorate, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, Summer 2008, Summer 2009.
  • MechSE Teaching Fellow – Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, Spring 2007.
  • Research / Teaching Assistant – Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 2001—2007.
  • Process Engineering Co-op – Hoechst-Celanese/Celanese Acetate Corp., Narrows, VA, Summer 1997, Spring 1998, Fall 1998.

Principal Publications

  • Sommers, A.D., Brest, T.J., Eid, K.F., 2013, “Topography-Based Surface Tension Gradients to Facilitate Water Droplet Movement on Laser-Etched Copper Substrates,” Langmuir, Vol. 29, pp. 12043-12050.
  • Alheshibri, M.H., Rogers, N.G., Sommers, A.D., Eid, K.F., 2013, “Spontaneous Movement of Water Droplets on Patterned Cu and Al Surfaces with Wedge-Shaped Gradients,” Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 102, 174103.
  • Sommers, A.D., Yerkes, K.L., 2013, “Using Micro-Structural Surface Features to Enhance the Convective Flow Boiling Heat Transfer of R-134a on Aluminum,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 64, pp. 1053-1063.
  • Yu, R.,Sommers, A.D., Okamoto, N.C., 2013, “Effect of a Micro-Grooved Fin Surface Design on the Air-Side Thermal-Hydraulic Performance of a Plain Fin-and-Tube Heat Exchanger,” International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 36, pp. 1078-1089.
  • Gossard, J.J.,Han, X., Ramalingam, M., Sommers, A.D., 2013, “Investigating the Thermal-Hydraulic Performance of New Refrigerant Mixtures through Numerical Simulation of Minichannel and Microchannel Evaporators,” Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 50, pp. 1291-1298.
  • Sommers, A.D., Yu, R., Okamoto, N.C., Upadhyayula, K., 2012, “Condensate Drainage Performance of a Plain Fin-and-Tube Heat Exchanger Constructed from Anisotropic Micro-grooved Fins,” International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 35, pp. 1766-1778.
  • Sommers, A.D., Ying, J., Eid, K.F., 2012, “Predicting the Onset of Condensate Droplet Departure From a Vertical Surface Due to Air Flow— Applications to Topographically-Modified, Micro-Grooved Surfaces,” Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Vol. 40, pp. 38-49.
  • Han, X., Wang, Q., Park, Y., T’Joen, C., Sommers, A., Jacobi, A., 2012, “A Review of Metal Foam and Metal Matrix Composites for Heat Exchangers and Heat Sinks,” Heat Transfer Engineering, Vol. 33, Issue 12, pp. 991-1009.
  • Wang, Q., Han, X.H., Sommers, A., Park, Y., T’Joen, C., Jacobi, A., 2012, “A review on application of carbonaceous materials and carbon matrix composites for heat exchangers and heat sinks,” International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 35, pp. 7-26.
  • Sommers, A.D., 2011, “Methodology for Calculating the Volume of Condensate Droplets on Topographically Modified, Microgrooved Surfaces,” Langmuir, Vol. 27, Issue 9, pp. 5523-5533.
  • Sommers, A., Wang, Q., Han, X., T’Joen, C., Park, Y., Jacobi, A., 2010, “Ceramics and Ceramic Matrix Composites for Heat Exchangers in Advanced Thermal Systems-A Review,” Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 30 Issue 11-12, pp. 1277-1291.
  • Hamilton, C., Dymek, S., and Sommers, A., 2010, “Characteristic Temperature Curves for Aluminum Alloys during Friction Stir Welding,” Welding Journal, Vol. 89, Issue 9, pp. 189S-194S.
  • Sommers, A.D., Yerkes, K.L., 2010, “Experimental Investigation into the Convective Heat Transfer and System-Level Effects of Al2O3-Propanol Nanofluid,” Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Vol. 12, Issue 3, pp. 1003-1014.
  • T’Joen, C., Park, Y. Wang, Q., Sommers, A., Han, X., and Jacobi, A., 2009, “A Review on Polymer Heat Exchangers for HVAC&R Applications,” International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 32, No. 5, pp. 763-779.
  • Lanzarotta, A., Baumann, L., Story, G., Witkowski, M., Khan, F., Sommers, A., and Sommer, A., 2009, “Rapid Molecular Imaging using Attenuated Total Reflectance Planar Array Infrared Spectroscopy for the Analysis of Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Tablets,” Applied Spectroscopy, Vol. 63, Issue 9, pp. 979-991.
  • Hamilton, C., Dymek, S., and Sommers, A., 2009, “A Thermal Model of Friction Stir Welding Applied to Sc-Modified Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy Extrusions,” International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Vol. 49, pp. 230-238.
  • Sommers, A.D. and Jacobi, A.M., 2008, “Wetting phenomena on micro-grooved aluminum surfaces and modeling of the critical droplet size,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 328(2), pp. 402-411.
  • Hamilton, C., Dymek, S., and Sommers, A., 2008, “A Thermal Model of Friction Stir Welding in Aluminum Alloys,” International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, vol. 48 no.10, pp. 1120-1130. 
  • Sommers, A.D. and Jacobi, A.M., 2006, “Creating micro-scale surface topology to achieve anisotropic wettability on an aluminum surface,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 16(8), pp. 1571-1578.
  • Sommers, A.D. and Jacobi, A.M., 2006, “An exact solution to steady heat conduction in a two-dimensional annulus on a one-dimensional fin: application to frosted heat exchangers with round tubes,” Journal of Heat Transfer, 128, pp. 397-404.
  • Sommers, A.D. and Jacobi, A.M., 2005, “Air-side heat transfer enhancement of a refrigerator evaporator using vortex generation,” International Journal of Refrigeration, 28(7), pp. 1006-1017.

Scientific and Professional Societies

  • ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASHRAE – American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & Air-Conditioning Engineers
  • ACS – American Chemical Society

Honors and Awards

  • Miami University Committee on Faculty Research Award, 2012—2013
  • Arthur Olson Generational Teaching Excellence Award, Miami University, 2012
  • ASHRAE New Investigator Award, 2008—2009
  • Miami University Committee on Faculty Research Award, 2008—2009
  • UIUC Mechanical Science & Engineering Teaching Fellowship, Spring 2007
  • UIUC M&IE / MechSE Outstanding Scholar Fellowship, 2001—2007

Institutional and Professional Service

Miami University (Selected examples)

  • Chair, MME Faculty Search Committee, 2013—2014.
  • Member, MME/ECE-ENT Committee, 2013—present.
  • Member, MME CS&E Graduate Program Committee, 2009—present.
  • Director, Thermal-Fluids Laboratory, 2007—present.
  • Judge and Panel Member, Miami University Interdisciplinary Technology Development Challenge (MUITDC), 2008—2012.
  • Member, SEAS Research Council, 2008—2011.
  • Member, Faculty Search Committee, 2009—2010.

National

  • ASHRAE Annual Conference, Seminar 5, Denver, CO, June 23, 2013, seminar speaker
  • 14th International Heat Transfer Conference (IHTC-14), Washington D.C., 2010, session chair
  • 7th International Conference on Enhanced, Compact, and Ultra-Compact Heat Exchangers (ECI-CHE), Heredia, Costa Rica, 2009, session chair
  • Reviewer for Langmuir, Applied Thermal Engineering, International Journal of Refrigeration, Chemical Engineering Communications, Heat Transfer Engineering, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Energy Conversion and Management, ASME Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications

Professional Development Activities

  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program, proposal writing workshop, 2011
  • CELT New Faculty Teaching Enhancement Program, 2008—2008
  • 27th International Lilly Conference on College Teaching, 2007