Frank J. Cunha

Professor of Practice, Rensselaer at Work

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
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
Research Focus
  • Turbomachinery Development and Turbine Blade Analysis
  • Advanced Thermodynamics and Energy Systems
  • Solid and Fluid Mechanics
  • Computer Modeling and Simulation
  • Heat Transfer Testing
  • Slot Cooling
  • Thermal-Mechanical Fatigue
Contact Information
Select Works
  • 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.
  • Cunha, F.J., Turbine Heat Transfer Analysis, Gas Turbine Handbook, United States Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, 2006
  • Cunha, F.J., Trailing Edge Cooling for Gas Turbines, Special Section on Turbine Science and Technology, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, April 2006.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • “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.
  • “Effects of Coating Blockage and Deposit on Film-Cooling Effectiveness and Surface Heat Transfer”, AIAA 2006-0024, 2006
  • Thermal-Mechanical Life Prediction System for Anisotropic Turbine Components Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-05-1110, 2005