Frank J. Cunha

Professor of Practice
Rensselaer at Work
(860) 548-2458
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Education: 
Ph.D., New York University, Mechanical Engineering M.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering B.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering
Focus Area: 
Turbomachinery Development and Turbine Blade Analysis|X|Advanced Thermodynamics and Energy Systems|X|Solid and Fluid Mechanics|X|Computer modeling and simulation|X|Heat Transfer Testing|X|Slot Cooling|X|Thermal-Mechanical Fatigue
Bio: 
Programs Taught

Mechanical Engineering

Year Joined RPI

2016

Other Certificates and Licenses
  • P.E. License
  • ASME Fellow
  • ICHMT Member
  • ASME-IGTI Member
  • Associate Editor of ASME International JHT
Other Professional Experiences
  • University of Connecticut – Mechanical Engineering Faculty
  • United Technologies Pratt & Whitney – Technology Leader
  • Siemens-Westinghouse Corp – Principal Engineer
  • General Electric – Edison Engineer to Staff Engineer
  • PSEG – Electric Power Staff Engineer
Publications: 
Cunha, F.J., Gas Turbine Heat Transfer, Turbine Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer, Materials and Mechanics, Progress and Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol. 243, ISBN-13: 978-1624102639, September, 2014.|X|Cunha, F.J., Turbine Heat Transfer Analysis, Gas Turbine Handbook, United States Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, 2006|X|Cunha, F.J., Trailing Edge Cooling for Gas Turbines, Special Section on Turbine Science and Technology, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, April 2006.|X|Cunha, F.J., Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technologies VII “Turbine Edge Cooling, United States Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory, May, 2003.|X|Cunha, F.J., Enhanced Turbine Airfoil Lifing for Long Hot Missions, United States Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory, May, 2003.|X|“Heat Transfer on Internal Surfaces of a Duct Subjected to Impingement of a Jet Array with Varying Jet Hole-Size and Spacing”, Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol.128, 2006.|X|“Effects of Coating Blockage and Deposit on Film-Cooling Effectiveness and Surface Heat Transfer”, AIAA 2006-0024, 2006|X|Thermal-Mechanical Life Prediction System for Anisotropic Turbine Components Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-05-1110, 2005|X|“Measured Adiabatic Effectiveness and Heat Transfer for Blowing from Tip of a Turbine Blade”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1094, Vol. 125, 2005.|X|“Cooling the Tip of a Turbine Blade Using Pressure Side Holes – Part 1: Film Effectiveness”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1095, Vol. 125, 2005.|X|“Cooling the Tip of a Turbine Blade Using Pressure Side Holes – Part 2: Heat Transfer Measurements”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1096, Vol. 125, 2005.|X|“Comparison of Measurements and Predictions for Blowing from Turbine Blade Tip”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 21, 2005.|X|“Adiabatic Effectiveness Measurements and Predictions of Leakage Flows on a Blade End-wall”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1164, 2005|X|“Inverse-BEM, Method to Determine Surface Temperatures at Inaccessible Surfaces”, 2005