0900-0935 | TUESDAY, 13 MARCH 2018 | ROOMS 334-336
Learning from Troubles: The Space Shuttle Main Engine Rotordynamic Problems
The High Pressure Fuel Turbopump (HPFTP) and the High Pressure Oxygen Turbopump (HPOTP) of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) presented harsh and costly new rotordynamic instability problems for NASA and Rocketdyne. Resolving those problems and moving forward to develop a better base of understanding of the causes of the problems led to far reaching and valuable changes in the rotordynamics for both aerospace and commercial turbomachinery.
About the speaker
Dr. Dara W. Childs retired as director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University in January after holding the position for almost 40 years. Childs is an ASME Fellow Member and recipient of the Henry R. Worthington Medal. Childs has conducted research projects for NASA, the Department of Defense and other private firms.