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The Wright Stuff for Turbomachinery

The Wright Stuff for Turbomachinery

By Dr. David Schowalter
Dec 14, 2018

As an engineer, you probably have at least some familiarity with the story of how two bicycle mechanics, named Orville and Wilbur Wright, invented controlled-powered flying machines at Kitty Hawk,...

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Gas Turbine Automobiles - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Gas Turbine Automobiles - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

By Francis A. Di Bella, P.E.
Nov 2, 2018

Credit for the first gas turbine engine used in flight is given to Dr. Frank Whittle.  Dr. Whittle maintained a steadfast commitment to developing gas turbine-powered aircraft in the midst of World...

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Extending the Operating Range of Centrifugal Compressors

Extending the Operating Range of Centrifugal Compressors

By Adam Weaver
Sep 28, 2018

Extending the operating range of centrifugal compressors has been a highly sought-after goal for several decades. In fact, the potential benefits have motivated researchers to develop and put into...

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Yellow Ropes

Yellow Ropes

By Jim Miller
Aug 17, 2018

In the mid 1980’s, while serving in the Canadian Air Force, I had the good fortune, on one of my many adventures, to fly into Sondrestrom Air Base in Greenland. The Base is at the head of a beautiful...

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Avoiding the

Avoiding the "Bad Day" in Aerospace

By Francis A. Di Bella, P.E.
Jul 6, 2018

The AS9100 Certification identifies companies who have qualified to manufacture products for the Aerospace Industry.  Manufacturers who meet the extensive requirements of the AS9100 Certification...

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What Is Pogo and Why Is It Bad For Rockets?

What Is Pogo and Why Is It Bad For Rockets?

By Kerry Oliphant
Jun 28, 2018

Space launch vehicles can exhibit self-excited longitudinal oscillations, also known as “Pogo” — so named because the phenomenon vibrates the rocket up and down in a manner similar to bouncing on a...

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What is a Consortium, and Why Would You Join One?

What is a Consortium, and Why Would You Join One?

By Dr. David Schowalter
Mar 16, 2018

Merriam-Webster’s definition is, “an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member.”  The word is Latin, derived from...

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