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 design, conduct, and analyze 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 test; assessing test article type (flat plate versus air foil) to enable collection of accurate and reliable test data; and designing modification 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 heat transfer projects.
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 and LRST research managers in attaining goals established for the NETL Turbine Thermal Management team as delineated in the statements of work pertaining to funding awards supporting this position.
- Responsible for providing R&D technical support for the NETL Turbine Thermal Management team.
- Responsible for assisting the Turbine Thermal Management team to design and conduct film cooling experiments, analyze experimental data, evaluate the performance of various test articles, and present technical findings during regular team meetings as well as workshops
- Responsible for simulating (CFD) the conditions of experimental test facility to predict the performance of the test articles
- Active participation in group meetings of the Turbines Thermal Management team, well as other task related meetings
- Analyzing relevant 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 publishing in archival journals.
- PhD in physics, mechanical engineering, energy, materials science, or a closely related field
- 5- 6 years total experience: 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
- 2-3 years of post-doctoral experience in gas turbine cooling research.
- Skilled in the design and operation of low temperature sub sonic wind tunnels/cascades as well as test facilities at near engine conditions (high temperature and high pressure) to evaluate the performance of various gas turbine film cooling articles
- Ability to work independently as well with a team of researchers to operate a high temperature test facility to evaluate the performance of film cooling articles. Skilled in approaching the problem with the help of existing scholarly articles and simulation (CFD) driven design to arrive at solutions.
- Ability to collaborate effectively and provide support to a multidisciplinary/multi-organization team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines. Present design ideas and findings succinctly and provide assistance to obtain solutions during the process
- Skilled in evaluation of experimental data obtained from steady state and transient conditions and developing simplified models for the same purpose
- Demonstrated ability to evaluate heat transfer coefficients using proven techniques such as IR thermography, liquid crystal technique etc. Skilled at developing or modifying existing experimental methodologies to extract heat transfer coefficient and film cooling effectiveness from experimental data.
- Skilled in numerical simulation (CFD) of gas turbine film cooling and heat transfer: conjugate heat transfer (turbulence) modelling with radiation.
- Skilled in application of finite element models to evaluate heat fluxes and thermal stresses on film cooling articles
- Ability to apply available software packages such as Autodesk Investor, Ansys - Fluent, Gambit, Python, Matlab, Fortran
- Demonstrated proficiency in the writing of scholarly publications
- Demonstrated proficiency in collaborating technical findings with external research organizations such as research laboratories and/or academic institutions
- Ability to document and present research results, including using power point presentations and making podium presentations at technical meetings.
- Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the scientific and business community.
- 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