Machinery Vibration and Rotordynamics Short Course Instructors
Zeidan is an independent consultant and former president/owner of KMC Bearings, Plus, Inc.
Dr. Luis San Andrés
Dr. San Andrés is the Mast-Childs Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He conducts research in fluid film bearings and seals for turbomachinery, gas foil bearings for high temperature oil-free turbomachinery, hybrid fluid film bearings for turbopumps and squeeze film dampers for aircraft jet engines. His computational codes, benchmarked against test data, are standards in the rotating machinery industry. San Andrés and his students have authored over 160 journal papers and 80 conference papers, several of which have earned Best Paper awards. San Andrés is a fellow of ASME and STLE.
Dr. Dara Childs, P.E.
Dr. Childs was Director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory from 1984 to 2018 and held the Leland T. Jordan Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees (Civil Engineering, 1961, 1962) from Oklahoma State University, and his Ph.D. (Engineering Mechanics, 1968) from the University of Texas. He was named ASME Fellow Member in 1990 and received ASMEs Henry R. Worthington Medal in 1991. Dr. Childs’ expertise is in dynamics and vibrations, with an emphasis in rotordynamics. He has conducted research and engineering projects for NASA, DOD, and private firms. Current research includes high-pressure testing honeycomb and hole-pattern gas damper seals; testing high-pressure laminar oil seals; force measurements in magnetic bearings using fiber-optic strain gauges. Dr. Childs has authored numerous reviewed publications related to rotordynamics and vibrations, and the book, Turbomachinery Rotordynamics. He is presently completing a new dynamics book entitled, Dynamics in Engineering Practice.
Dr. Adolfo Delgado
Dr. Delgado is an associate professor of mechanical engineering. His research focuses on rotordynamics, structural vibration, energy dissipation mechanisms, thin film lubrication and fluid-structure interaction applied to the design, modeling and improvement of rotating machinery systems and components. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Delgado was a research engineer at the General Electric Global Research Center where he led and worked on multiple initiatives involving improvement of existing rotating equipment and development of new rotor-bearing system architectures and turbomachinery components, such as variable geometry bearings, annular seals, dampers and oil-free bearings.
MACHINERY VIBRATION AND ROTORDYNAMICS
The course is designed to benefit both young engineers and veterans who want to freshen their skills and learn about what practices are helping others achieve success. During the four days, the course will cover basic vibration theory and how to use it to solve mechanical vibration problems experienced in the field. Rotordynamics terminology in common use will be defined and explained, including critical speeds, critical speed inversion, unbalance response and rotordynamic instability.
Date: January 6-10, 2020
Location: DoubleTree, 15747 JFK Boulevard, Houston, TX 77032
CEU Credits: 3.0
Cost: $2,700 (Early Registration thru December 27, 2019); $3,000 regular cost
Who should attend? The course offers concepts and techniques to engineers involved in design, operation, and maintenance of rotating equipment. Participants should have some experience with rotating machinery. For sessions of vibrations analysis and computer simulation, a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent knowledge of basic college-level mathematics is assumed.
Instructors: Fouad Zeidan, Luis San Andres, Dara Childs, and Adolfo Delgado