Turbine Film Cooling Research Engineer (NRCCE 17-0077)
The National Research Center for Coal and Energy at the WVU Research Corporation is seeking applications for a Turbine Film Cooling Research Engineer. This position is housed in the NRCCE Energy Programs Division and provides support for the programs of the Research and Innovation Center of the US DOE, National Energy Technology Laboratory at the Morgantown and Pittsburgh locations.
This position is responsible for designing, conducting, and analyzing gas turbine blade and vane cooling experiments at NETL to evaluate cooling geometries and develop correlations for enhanced heat transfer. The incumbent will support test design and data analysis with CFD analysis. The incumbent will work in a team of NETL researchers whose responsibilities include: identifying specific heat transfer features for testing; assessing test article type (flat plate versus air foil) to enable collection of accurate and reliable test data; and designing modifications to the test rig to support specific test objectives. The incumbent is expected to disseminate the research by preparing and presenting technical papers and reports. The incumbent will also lend support to the analysis of related NETL aero-thermal projects.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Meet task requirements of NETL and AECOM research managers in attaining goals established for the NETL Turbine Thermal Management team and RIC programs as delineated in the statements of work pertaining to funding awards supporting this position.
Provide R&D technical support for the NETL Turbine Thermal Management team.
Design and conduct film cooling experiments; analyze experimental data and evaluate the performance of various film cooling geometries such as cylindrical, tripod and shaped holes.
Present technical findings during regular team meetings, as well as workshops.
Design a new high temperature flow channel test facility.
Perform essential calculations required to scale performance at engine operating conditions and develop a test matrix to identify relevant parameters and operating ranges.
PhD in physics, mechanical engineering, energy, materials science, or a closely related field
Experience in a combination of the following:
Heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, specifically with application to gas turbines
Experience in numerical simulation (CFD) of gas turbine film cooling and heat transfer
Experience with instrumentation for measurement of flow rates, pressures, and temperatures
Experience with analysis and reduction of experimental data
Post-doctoral experience in gas turbine cooling research
Three professional references
Able to meet the requirements for gaining clearance to work on the NETL campus
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