Bob Kielb

Robert Kielb

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Robert Kielb has over 45 years academic, industrial and government research laboratory experience in turbomachinery propulsion.  This consists of 8 years with the U. S. Air Force, 10 years with NASA Lewis Research Center, and 12 years with GE Aircraft Engines as Manager of Aeromechanics Technology.  He has also been an Affiliated Professor at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) since 2008.  KTH is the leading science and technology university in Sweden.  Currently he is Associate Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University where conducts research and teaches.  He is also Director of the GUIde Consortium (10 companies, 4 universities and 2 government organizations) and Duke Coordinator for the EU-funded THRUST MEng Program.  His primary experiences are: 1) developing and implementing state-of-the-art mechanical and aeromechanical design technologies; 2) directing blade design, manufacture, and test; 3) initiating and executing R&D programs to support needed technology improvements, and 4) coordinating research programs among government, industry and universities (GUIde).  He has authored or co-authored over fifty technical papers, is a recipient of the ASME’s Melville Award for substantial improvements in the understanding of turbine aeroelasticity, and has presented invited lectures worldwide. Dr. Kielb is a Fellow of the ASME and was a Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Gas Turbine Institute, serving on the Board for 6 years. He has also served as Technical Program Chair for ASME Turbo Expo ’96, Chair of the ASME Structures and Dynamics Committee, and Associate Editor of both the Journal of Turbomachinery and Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power.  (ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 179 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5327
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  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1981

Research Interests

Unsteady aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, mistuning, damping, and probabilistic methods. Principal investigator on AFOSR, DARPA, NASA, and Industrial funded research projects. Provides consultion services to turbine engine companies, including most major companies. Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering with emphasis on vibration and design.

Courses Taught

  • EGRMGMT 591: Special Readings in Engineering Management
  • ENRGYEGR 490: Special Topics in Energy Engineering
  • ME 424L: Mechanical Systems Design
  • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 544: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training
  • ME 759: Special Readings in Mechanical Engineering
  • MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
  • MENG 551: Master of Engineering Internship/Project Assessment

Representative Publications

  • Teixeira, MAM; Kielb, RE, TIP clearance influence on aerodynamic damping maps, 12th European Conference on Turbomachinery Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics, ETC 2017 (2017) [abs].
  • Besem, FM; Kielb, RE, Influence of the Tip Clearance on a Compressor Blade Aerodynamic Damping, Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol 33 no. 1 (2017), pp. 227-233 [10.2514/1.B36121] [abs].
  • Besem, FM; Kielb, RE; Galpin, P; Zori, L; Key, NL, Mistuned Forced Response Predictions of an Embedded Rotor in a Multistage Compressor, Journal of Turbomachinery, vol 138 no. 6 (2016), pp. 061003-061003 [10.1115/1.4032164] [abs].
  • Besem, FM; Thomas, JP; Kielb, RE; Dowell, EH, An aeroelastic model for vortex-induced vibrating cylinders subject to frequency lock-in, Journal of Fluids and Structures, vol 61 (2016), pp. 42-59 [10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2015.10.009] [abs].
  • Waite, JJ; Kielb, RE, Shock structure, mode shape, and geometric considerations for low-pressure turbine flutter suppression, Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo, vol 7B-2016 (2016) [10.1115/GT2016-56706] [abs].