Leidos currently has an opening for a research engineer to work at the US Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown WV. The incumbent in this position will develop technologies to increase the performance of gas-fired turbines through the application of pressure gain combustion (PGC) technologies. Work performed by this position is primarily directed to the application of Rotating Detonation Combustion (RDC) with a goal to find pathways to achieve pressure gain across the combustor through the reduction of friction losses and minimizing pressure decreases due to flow acceleration in the gas flow path. The scope of work to be accomplished includes theoretical analysis of the dynamics and thermodynamics of the combustion process, design of the combustor, computational modeling, and the performance of experimental studies and data analysis, including sensor placement and design.
Responsibilities are functional in nature and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Responsible for meeting task requirements of NETL research managers in attaining goals for the pressure gain combustion program.
- Responsible for meeting the reporting and training requirements established by NETL and by LRST
- Collaborating with the NETL pressure gain research team in laboratory experimental research and in numerical/ analytical studies of rotating detonation combustion technologies.
- Performing computational and experimental research in RDC
- Developing analytical and computational models of highly dynamic (kHz frequencies) heat transfer from the detonation of gaseous fuels.
- Developing experimental diagnostics to validate the proposed models.
- Designing combustion experiments, developing test hardware and instrumentation.
- Obtaining performance data for combustor designs using optical diagnostic techniques and other data gathering instruments operating at high temperature conditions.
- Analyzing experimental data from laboratory tests and published data from other authors.
- Assisting in the preparation of technical papers, reports, conference papers, and annual and quarterly reports.
- Presenting the results of the research at technical conferences and publish in archival journals.
- Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or a closely related field with emphasis in engineering design, computational analysis, modeling and experimental research in combustion, heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid flow as applied to gas turbines;
- 3 - 4 years of research and development experience in experimental RDC and thermal management in land-based gas turbines;
- A strong background in thermal and fluid sciences, heat transfer, and use of advanced computer modeling codes
- Knowledge of rotating detonation engine combustor design, operation, and physical principles that apply to unsteady combustion at high temperatures.
- Knowledge of advanced heat transfer designs and operational characteristics of thermal management in turbine blades and related flow passages.
- Proficiency in Labview programming or similar techniques for high speed data acquisition and post-processing analysis.
- Experience in working with National Instruments data acquisition hardware modules or similar technologies.
- Hands-on experience in using high-speed cameras and obtaining images useful for data acquisition related to fluid flow, heat transfer, and combustion efficiency.
- Expertise in using MatLab or similar software for computational and experimental data analysis.
- Experience in instrumentation design and placement to obtain experimental data appropriate for validating computational models.
- Experience in the use of laser diagnostics and optical diagnostics for data acquisition in harsh operating environments.
- Knowledge of previous research published in the open literature regarding RDC systems.
- Familiarity with programming languages: FORTRAN, C, C++, and Python, for example.
- Ability to document and present the results of research.
- Ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary/multi-organization team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents related to pertinent areas of research.
- Preference for experience in a national laboratory environment or industrial R&D lab where safe working practices are paramount
Clearance: Incumbent must be able to meet the requirements for gaining clearance to work on the NETL campus