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Researchers and engineers from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will join turbomachinery colleagues from around the world at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbo Expo, presented by the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute, to be held June 26–29, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. This international conference and exposition brings together thousands of experts each year to share the latest in turbine technology, research, development, and application.

Two NETL researchers, chemical engineer Dr. Stephen E. Zitney and mechanical engineer Eric Liese, will pick up an award at Turbo Expo 2017. Their paper, “Dynamic Model of a 10 MW Supercritical CO2Recompression Brayton Cycle,” was presented at Turbo Expo 2016 in Seoul, South Korea, and was chosen as a Best Paper by the Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles Committee. The paper was co-authored by Drs. Fabio Lambruschini and Alberto Traverso from the Thermochemical Power Group at the University of Genoa, Italy.

New to Turbo Expo this year will be Additive Manufacturing Day (AM3D Day), presented by ASME Gas Turbine Segment. Additive manufacturing is revolutionizing the gas turbine industry by enabling increased performance through novel design, shortening the development cycle of gas turbines, and increasing speed-to-market. Richard Dennis, NETL’s Advanced Turbines Technology Manager, helped organize, and will moderate, a plenary panel on AM3D Day: “Disruptive Technologies and Accelerating Innovation in Gas Turbines: The Role of Additive Manufacturing.”

Other NETL professionals will co-chair several technical sessions covering supercritical CO2 power cycles and heat transfer. In addition, NETL researchers will share research results by presenting papers on supercritical CO2 material and fluid properties, supercritical CO2 turbomachinery, turbine and combined cycle optimization, computational heat transfer, and thermal systems design and research.

NETL’s participation at Turbo Expo helps advance the goals of U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Turbines Program, which seeks to remove environmental concerns over the future use of fossil fuels by developing revolutionary, near-zero-emission advanced turbines technologies. The innovation and expertise of the professionals and decision-makers who attend the international event help to shape the future of the turbomachinery industry.