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
- Office Location: 179 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5327
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1981
Unsteady aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, mistuning, damping, and probabilistic methods. Principal investigator on AFOSR, DARPA, NASA, and industry-funded research projects.
- EGR 391: Projects in Engineering
- EGRMGMT 591: Special Readings in Engineering Management
- ENRGYEGR 490: Special Topics in Energy Engineering
- ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
- ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 544: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
- ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
- ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
- ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
- 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
In the News
- Building Faster, Safer Jet Turbines (May 23, 2019 | Pratt School of Engineering)
- Gutierrez Salas, M; Petrie-Repar, P; Kielb, RE; Key, NL, A Mistuned Forced Response Analysis of an Embedded Compressor Blisk Using a Reduced-Order Model, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, vol 141 no. 3 (2019) [10.1115/1.4041280] [abs].
- Li, J; Aye-Addo, N; Kielb, R; Key, N, Mistuned higher-order mode forced response of an embedded compressor rotor-Part II: Mistuned forced response prediction, Journal of Turbomachinery, vol 140 no. 3 (2018) [10.1115/1.4038519] [abs].
- Gutierrez, M; Kielb, RE; Petrie-Repar, P; Key, NL, A mistuned forced response analysis of an embedded compressor blisk using a reduced order model, Proceedings of the Asme Turbo Expo, vol 7C (2018) [10.1115/GT201876455] [abs].
- Mao, Z; Hegde, S; Pan, T; Kielb, RE; Zori, L; Campregher, R, Influence of rotor-stator interaction and reflecting boundary conditions on compressor forced response, Proceedings of the Asme Turbo Expo, vol 2A-2018 (2018) [10.1115/GT2018-75232] [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].