ROMAC Announcements

    ROMAC Lab Brings Joy to Local Family for the Holidays

    December 03, 2019

    ROMAC faculty, students and staff worked with the Salvation Army to adopt a family of three for the holiday. Mom, Dad and 17 year-old son with special needs brought holiday cheer to the lab as together we fulfilled their wish lists.

    Wisher Paudel elected to serve on the Student Advisory Committee for ASME Turbo

    January 29, 2019

    Wisher Paudel received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UVA in May 2017. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in ROMAC. Wisher was recently elected to serve on the Student Advisory Committee for ASME Turbo. He attended the Turbo Expo in Charlotte, NC where he presented Paudel, W., Watson, C., and Wood, H., “Mixed Helical Labyrinth Seal Optimization Using Computational Fluid Dynamics.”

    Cori Watson selected Teaching Intern

    January 29, 2019

    Cori Watson was selected as a School of Engineering and Applied Science Teaching Intern” for fall 2017.  She will be co-teaching APMA/MAE 6410, Engineering Math I, with Professor Houston Wood.

    2017 ROMAC Annual Meeting

    January 29, 2019

    The ROMAC Annual Meeting was held June 19-23 in Staunton, Virginia at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. There were over 20 industry member companies represented. Two recent ROMAC graduates were in attendance representing their current employers: Thomas Gresham, MS MAE 2017 with Pratt & Whitney and Day Griffin, MS MAE 2017 with Pioneer Motor Bearing, Inc.

    ROMAC Video

    January 29, 2019

    Check out the new ROMAC video!

    2017 ASME Turbo Expo

    January 29, 2019

    ROMAC students and visitors will present papers at the ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition in Charlotte, NC, June 26-30

    Cori Watson will present Watson, C., and Wood, H. “Optimizing a Helical Groove Seal with Grooves on Both the Rotor and Stator Surfaces.”

    Michael Branagan will present Brana-gan, M., Morgan, N., Weaver, B., and Wood, H., ” Response Surface Mapping and Multi-Objective Optimization of Tilting Pad Bearing Designs.”

    Brad Nichols will present, Nichols, B., Fittro, R. L., and Goyne, C. P., “Subsynchronous Vibration Patterns Under Reduced Oil Supply Flow Rates,” also to be published in the ASME Journal of Gas Turbines and Power.

    Benny Schwartz will present Schwartz, B., Fittro, R., and Knospe, C., “Understanding the Effect of Systematic Errors on the Accuracy of Experimental Measurements of Fluid-Film Bear-ing Dynamic Coefficients.”

    Wisher Paudel, currently a mechanical engineering 4th-year student working in the ROMAC Lab, is one of our incoming graduate students. He will present Paudel, W., Watson, C., and Wood, H., “Mixed Helical Labyrinth Seal Optimization Using Computational Fluid Dynamics.”

    Tomohiko Tsukuda, a ROMAC visiting scholar, will present a paper, Tsukuda, T., Hirano, T., Watson C., Morgan, N., Weaver, B., and Wood, H., “A Numerical Investigation of the Effect of Inlet Preswirl Ratio on Rotordynamic Characteristics of Labyrinth Seal.” In addition, Weaver, B., Tsukuda, T., Rizvi, S.A.A., Schwartz, B., Nichols, B., Griffin, D., Branagan, M., Fittro, R., Lin, Z., Wood, H., “Experimental Measurements of Turbomachinery Rotordynamics, Component Performance, and Dynamic Control at ROMAC – A Review,” will be published in the Journal of Gas Turbine Society of Japan (JGTSJ, ISSN-0387-4168), July 2017.


    Cori Watson and Xin Deng  will attend the FEDSM – Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference July 30—August 3, 2017 in Waikoloa, HI.   Cori will present Watson, C., and Wood, H., “Developing an Optimal Helix Angle as a Function of Pressure for Helical Groove Seals.” Xin will present the paper, Deng, X., Watson, C., Weaver, B., Wood, H., and Fittro, R., “Lubricant Inertia in Water Lubricated Bearings.”

    Xin will also attend the 2017 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Atlanta GA, and present the paper Deng, X., Branagan, M., Weaver, B., and Wood, H. “Thermal, Elastic, and Inertia Effects in Water-Lubricated Titling Thrust Bearings in Turbulent Region.”

    RotorLab+ 4.1

    January 29, 2019

    Brian Weaver, ROMAC Software Engineer announced today the release of RotorLab+ 4.1, it is the latest version of our primary software suite for rotordynamic and component-level analyses. The just released version includes the following new features and enhancements:
     New built-in materials for rotor models.
    – New Response Summary output for API analyses.
    – New “Real” Probe feature for API analyses.
    – Enhancements to plots and plotting options in all analyses.
    – Improvements to analysis speeds and overall program stability.
    – Bug fixes for disk handling options, API Forced Response analyses, and other minor bugs reported in v4.0.

    ROMAC Advisory Board

    January 29, 2019

    Houston Wood, Director of ROMAC announced the formation of the ROMAC Advisory Board. The board is made up of six members of the ROMAC Constortium who are volunteering their time to serve as advisors to the ROMAC faculty in areas to help ROMAC grow and improve now and into the future, as well as enable increased input and ownership for the member companies.