(February 10th, 2020)

Research Seminar will be held Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at 4:00pm in EB 325. 

Dr. Curtis Stimpson: Honeywell Aerospace

Using Additive Manufacturing to Enable Advanced Turbine Cooling

Additive manufacturing (AM) is expected to enable improvements in turbine engine cooling. One technical challenge to implementing AM for turbine components is that the AM process produces relatively large surface roughness. Because there are no known smoothing processes for small, internal geometries, it is necessary to understand the impact roughness has on the cooling of turbine vanes and blades. Emerging research in convective heat transfer over AM surfaces has provided insight into this technical challenge and predictive models for internal and external cooling features.

Dr. Curtis Stimpson is a thermal analyst and research engineer at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, Arizona. His current work includes researching the use of AM for turbine cooling and developing advanced turbine engine designs. Dr. Stimpson received his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University where he studied additive manufacturing and convective heat transfer in the Penn State START Lab under the direction of Professor Karen Thole.