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Dave Rector

Dave Rector

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Rector has extensive experience in the computational simulation of fluid systems. Simulation approaches include Lattice-Boltzmann, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, colloidal modeling and computational fluid dynamics.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
  • B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, Honorary Chemical Society

PNNL Publications






  • Rector DR, and ML Stewart. 2010. "A Semi-Implicit Lattice Method for Simulating Flow." Journal of Computational Physics 229(19):6732-6743.  doi:10.1016/
  • Rector DR, and ML Stewart. 2010. "Modeling of Leaching Filter Pressure Drop and Fouling Behavior." In Waste Management 2010: Improving the Future by Dealing with the Past, March 7-11, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona, p. Paper No. 10477.  WM Symposia, Pheonix, AZ. 


  • Rector DR, ML Stewart, and AP Poloski. 2009. "Modeling of Sediment Bed Behavior for Critical Velocity in Horizontal Piping ." In Waste Management 2009 (WM'09): Waste Management for the Nuclear Renaissance, pp. 3820-3826, Paper No. 9263.  WM Symposia Inc, Phoenix, AZ. 



  • Rector DR, MS Greenwood, S Ahmed, SR Doctor, GJ Posakony, and VS Stenkamp. 2007. "Simulation of Ultrasonic-driven Gas Separations." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 121(6):3446-3452. 



  • Muntean GG, DR Rector, DR Herling, MA Khaleel, and DL Lessor. 2004. "Lattice-Boltzmann Diesel Particulate Filter Sub-Grid Modeling - A Progress Report." In Diesel Emission Measurement and Modeling : SAE 2003 World Congress & Exhibition, March 2003, Detroit, MI, USA., vol. SP-1755 , pp. 2003-01-0835 .  SAE International, Warrendale, PA. 
  • Stewart ML, DR Rector, GG Muntean, and GD Maupin. 2004. "A MECHANISTIC MODEL FOR PARTICLE DEPOSITION IN DIESEL PARTICLUATE FILTERS USING THE LATTICE-BOLTZMANN TECHNIQUE." In 28th International Cocoa Beach Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites held January 2004 published in Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 437-446.  American Ceramic Society, Westerville, OH. 
  • Palmer BJ, and DR Rector. 2004. "Erratum: Lattice-Boltzmann algorithm for simulating thermal two-phase flow [ Phys. Rev. E 61, 5295 (2000) ]." Physical Review. E, Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics 69(4):Article no: 049903 .  doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.69.049903


  • Recknagle KP, RE Williford, LA Chick, DR Rector, and MA Khaleel. 2002. "Three-Dimensional Thermo-Fluid-Electrochemical Modeling of Planar SOFC Stacks." Journal of Power Sources 113(1):109-114. 
  • Yabusaki SB, SL Bryant, SY Chen, GI Fann, GP Flach, WG Gray, JP Holland, KE Jordan, RS Maier, JM Malard, DR Rector, WE Soll, CI Steefel, AF Thompson, HE Trease, MF Wheeler, and BD Wood. 2002. Mechanistic Process Modeling for Subsurface RemediationPNNL-14011, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 


  • McGrail BP, JP Icenhower, PF Martin, DR Rector, HT Schaef, EA Rodriguez, and JL Steele. 2000. Low-Activity Waste Glass Studies: FY2000 Summary ReportPNNL-13381, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Palmer BJ, and DR Rector. 2000. "Lattice Boltzmann Algorithm for Simulating Thermal Flow in Compressible Fluids." Journal of Computational Physics 161(1):1-20. 
  • Palmer BJ, and DR Rector. 2000. "Lattice-Boltzmann Algorithm for Simulating Thermal Two-Phase Flow." Physical Review. E, Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics 61(5):5295-5306. 


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