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Yarom Polsky

Section Head, Energy Systems Integration and Controls, ORNL


Yarom Polsky is the Group Leader for the Sensors and Embedded Systems group and a Distinguished Member of R&D Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has been involved in a diverse range of R&D activities over the course of his career including modeling and characterization of thermo-mechanical warpage of electronic packages during manufacturing processes, the design and construction of Oilfield Services equipment, modeling and laboratory simulation of drilling dynamics, geothermal energy extraction, and the development of particle accelerator technologies.

His current research interests include improving fundamental understanding of subsurface flow and rock deformation processes, the development of sensing technologies for subsurface characterization, and advanced sensors and controls for manufacturing processes. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Bachelors degree in Physics and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.


Selected Publications

Y. Polsky, Y. Bayaztioglu, "Derivation of the Casimir Limit phonon distribution using the Boltzmann Transport Equation", ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Volume 117, No. 3, August, 1995, pp. 751 - 754.

Y. Polsky, I.C. Ume, "An automated system for temperature dependent mechanical property measurements", 1996 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, November, 1996.

Y. Polsky, I.C. Ume, "Thermoelastic modeling of a PWB with simulated circuit traces subjected to infrared reflow soldering with experimental validation", ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, Volume 121, No. 4, December, 1999, p. 263 - 270.

Y. Polsky, I.C. Ume, "Comparison of first-order shear and plain strain assumptions in warpage prediction of simply supported printed wiring boards", ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, Volume 123, No. 1, March, 2001, p. 1 - 5.

Y. Polsky, A.J. Mansure, J.A. Henfling, and D.A. Blankenship, “High-temperature Diagnositcs-While-Drilling system provides data on drilling dynamics”, Drilling Contractor Magazine, Mar/Apr, 2007, pp. 44-49.

D.A. Raymond, M.A. Elsayed, S.S. Kuszmaul and Y. Polsky, “Laboratory simulation of drill bit dynamics using a model-based servohydraulic controller”, ASME Journal of Energy Resource Technology, Vol. 13, December, 2008.

Y. Polsky, L. Capuano, J. Finger, M. Huh, S. Knudsen, A.J. Mansure, D. Raymond and R. Swanson, “Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) well construction technology evaluation report, SAND2008-7866, December, 2008.

Y. Polsky., M.A. Plum, P.J. Geoghegan, L.L Jacobs, W. Lu, S.M. McTeer, “Beam stop design methodology and description of a new SNS beam stop”, 2010 International Particle Accelerator Conference, Kyoto, Japan, May 2010.

Y. Polsky, L.M. Anovitz, P. Bingham and Justin Carmichael, “Application of neutron imaging to Investigate flow through fractures for EGS”, Proc. 38th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA, 2013.

Y. Polsky, L.M. Anovitz, P. Bingham and L. Dessieux, “Development of a neutron diffraction based strain measurement capability for triaxial loading”, 47th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, ARMA 13-153, 2013.

Y. Polsky, P. Bingham, L. Anovitz, H. Bilheux, J. Carmichael, S. Pemberton, K. Ekici, D. Hussey and D. Jacobsen, “Particle imaging velocimetry technique development for laboratory measurement of fracture flow inside a pressure vessel using neutron imaging”, Proc. 40th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA, 2015.

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