ROMAC Announcements

    2022 ROMAC Annual Meeting

    April 04, 2022

    ROMAC Offers First Hybrid Annual Meeting

    June 21—23, 2022

    This is a change 

    The 2022 ROMAC Annual Meeting will be June 21 – 23, 2022

    at the University of Virginia Student Health and Wellness Building (SHW).

    Located off Jefferson Park Avenue at 550 Brandon Avenue, Charlottesville, near the University of Virginia Medical Center.

    We will be using Zoom to live stream and record the talks.

    This will enable interaction from attendees both in person and virtual.

     All talks will be uploaded to the member only website after the meeting

    You can register for the meeting here

    Please be sure to register for the method you will attend so you will receive the correct information.


    There will be a ROMAC hosted reception and dinner on Tuesday.

    Additional details, as well as parking information will be sent with your confirmation.


    If you have questions, please contact Lori Mohr Pedersen.

    2022 ROMAC Short Course

    March 31, 2022

    ROMAC Five Day Short Course

    July 25—29, 2022

    The Rotordynamics and Magnetic Bearings short course will take place on Grounds at the University of Virginia.


    This rotordynamics and magnetic bearings short course will include presentations by UVA faculty and graduate students. Case histories and examples from industry professionals will also be presented.

    ROMAC supports cooperative research efforts conducted by faculty, and students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Virginia. The ROMAC Industrial Consortium emphasizes theoretical and experimental research in the general areas of rotordynamics, turbomachinery, structural dynamics, fluid film bearings, seals, internal incompressible flows, the coupling of internal flows to the dynamics of rotating machinery, magnetic bearings, and the application of automatic controls to the dynamics of rotating machinery.

    The interaction between industry and university professionals through the medium of ROMAC provides the university researchers with an understanding of practical industrial problems with rotating machinery while the industrial participants obtain very timely research results.


    Introduction to rotor dynamics | Introduction to bearing modeling and dynamics | Applied rotor dynamics for industrial rotors | Stability of industrial compressor rotors | Advanced fluid film bearing analysis | Compressible flow seals | Squeeze film dampers | Rotor dynamics of industrial turbomachines | Support stiffness effects | Torsional vibrations Rotordynamics of motors & turbine generators | API specifications for rotor dynamics | Introduction to magnetic bearings and controls | Design and analysis of magnetic bearings supported rotating machinery | Application of magnetic bearings to rotating machinery | Test rigs for rotordynamics | Use of Rotordynamic Codes

    COURSE FEES          $2,000 USD ROMAC member             $3,000 USD Non-Member 

    You can start the registration process here.

    After payment is made I will contact you by email with additional information.

    Contact Lori Mohr Pedersen with questions


    Course material, parking, breaks, and lunch is included.


    Read the Spring 2022 ROMAC Newsletter

    January 12, 2022

    The 2022 ROMAC Spring Newsletter contains a letter from Roger Fittro, see details on the upcoming ROMAC Short Course and updated information about the upcoming release of RotorLab+ 5.0.  

    ROMAC Lab seeks Research Associate in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    September 19, 2021

    The Rotating Machinery and Controls (ROMAC) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia has an opening for a Research Associate. ROMAC is an industrial research consortium which performs research in a broad range of application areas related to turbomachinery. The individual will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of faculty, graduate students and research professionals.

    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.”