Cleveland Section Meeting
What to do when oil is not an option?
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Dr. Robert Bruckner with NASA Glenn Research Center
Dr. Robert Bruckner will present a talk on the parasitic use of low kinematic viscosity process fluids as lubricants in situations where conventional oil may be a better choice. Aerospace systems are critically challenged with weight and volume constraints. Additionally, requirements such as long life, zero maintenance, and intolerance to contamination often lead the system designers to rely on process fluids to serve double-duty as the machine lubricant as well as to carry out the main function of the machine. Process fluids such as gases, supercritical substances, cryogens, liquid ammonia, water and glycol often see such applications. Dr. Bruckner will discuss the technical challenges of such lubrication scenarios from both a fundamental perspective as well as examples from aircraft gas turbine engine, Stirling heat engines and liquid ammonia circulators.
Dr. Robert Bruckner is an alumnus of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University. He has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center for over 20 years and has experience ranging from aeropropulsion test engineering to failure investigations on in-space hardware. Dr. Bruckner’s most current endeavor centers on the use of low kinematic viscosity process fluids for both hydrodynamic and hydrostatic bearing applications. He has conducted extensive modeling and experimental research on gas foil bearings for use in supercritical carbon dioxide machines, diagnosed spurious contact conditions in advanced Stirling converters, and identified initiating wear events for International Space Station active thermal management systems. Dr. Bruckner is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and is an Associate Fellow of the American instititue of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
100th Bomb Group
20920 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44135
5:30-6:00 p.m. Registration and Networking
6:00-6:45 p.m. Dinner
6:45-7:45 p.m. Presentation
$25.00 – STLE Member
$35.00 – Non-Members
Reservation Deadline January 2, 2013
To make your reservations, please contact Joe Maimone at (216)338-7391 or email email@example.com
Dinner will be limited menu that will be chosen at the meeting and that includes a salad, entrée, and dessert.