The research sponsored by the GUIde Consortium is interdisciplinary in nature and requires research in the areas of structures and fluid mechanics. The first three iterations of the GUIde Consortium were centered at Carnegie Mellon University for nearly 15 years. In 2008, the GUIde 4 Consortium Center for Aeromechanics was established within the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) Department at Duke University. The newly formed GUIde 5 Center for Aeroelasticity continues this tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration with a focus on high-cycle fatigue in turbomachinery. The GUIde 5 Consortium Center Director at Duke is Dr. Robert Kielb. Duke remains the legal entity that forms contractual agreements with the industrial companies, government agencies, and the selected research institutions.
- NASA Glenn
- NASA Marshall
- General Electric
- Pratt & Whitney
- Siemens Energy
- Duke University
- Purdue University
- Ohio State University
- University of Michigan
Guidance to the Consortium is provided by the GUIde Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives from the member companies (who are technical experts in unsteady aerodynamics and vibration) as well as federal representatives. The Steering Committee sets research directions, evaluates proposals, and technically interacts and “guides” the researchers as their respective projects develop. This guidance is achieved through the Technical Subcommittee which is comprised of industry and federal engineers.
The mission of the GUIde Consortium is to:
- Understand and control turbomachinery blade response and, as a result, decrease engine development time and cost, and increase engine reliability
- Provide an international focus on forced response research and enhance technology transfer to industry
In order to achieve its mission, the GUIde Consortium established a coordinated research and development (R & D) effort within the various aspects of the phenomena inherent in the vibratory response of bladed disks. This approach has three primary features:
- Industry and government participation in the development of a nationally coordinated R & D program.
- Active participation by industry and the government in evaluating the research and setting research directions on a quarterly basis.
- Expediting the transfer of the resulting technology to industry.
To develop the R & D program, research proposals are solicited from nationally known researchers in the area of unsteady aerodynamics and structural response in gas turbine engines. The proposals include research that addresses the development of analytical models, supporting experimental data, and design tools and design strategies for controlling bladed disk vibratory response.
The primary advantage for the industry and government members sponsoring the proposed R&D activities through GUIde is the general and rapid transfer of needed technology to industry. The industry engineers that serve on the GUIde Steering Committee are key individuals who decide what technologies are required within their respective companies. The GUIde Consortium also provides a mechanism for implementing an integrated national research program in blade vibration. One reason for this is that Air Force and NASA representatives key members on the GUIde Steering Committee. This results in improved communication and coordination between government and industrial R&D programs.