Sergio M. Amaral

Education

  • Dipl. Ing., Turbomachinery & Propulsion, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, 2007
  • M.Sc, Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
  • B.Sc, Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005

Fields: Uncertainty Quantification, Multidisciplinary Design & Optimization, System Engineering, Numerical Methods

Lab Role: Research Assistant

Email: samaral@mit.edu

I am a doctoral candidate in the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment and the Aerospace Computational Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My advisor is Karen E. Willcox and my research is focused on system uncertainty quantification.

I hold a B.Sc and M.Sc in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Research Master in Turbomachinery & Propulsion from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics. My master’s research topics focused on design, analysis, and optimization of a cooled gas turbine blade.

Before coming to MIT, I worked for General Electric Energy as Heat Transfer Engineer, where I analyzed and designed state-of-the-art first stage gas turbine blades.

At MIT, my research focuses on the propagation of uncertainty through a complex system composed of multiple components. The research focuses on a different vision for system-level uncertainty analysis-decomposition of the system-level uncertainty analysis task, performing uncertainty analysis on the respective models individually, and synthesizing this information to quantify uncertainty at the system level. I also work on quantifying uncertainty in the Climate module within the Aviation environmental Portfolio Management Tool as well as other tools associated to the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment.

Publications and Presentations

“Design and Optimization of the Internal Cooling Channels of a HP Turbine Blade: Part I—Methodology”, S. Amaral, T. Verstraete, R. Van den Braembussche, and T. Arts, In “Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2008: Power for Land, Sea and Air”, ASME, 2008. (Heat Transfer Committee as Best Paper Award winners from ASME Turbo Expo 2008.)

“Design & Optimization of a Cooled Gas Turbine Blade – Part II: Optimization”, T. Verstraete , S. Amaral, R. Van den Braembussche, and T. Arts, In “Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2008: Power for Land, Sea and Air”, ASME, May 2008. (Heat Transfer Committee as Best Paper Award winners from ASME Turbo Expo 2008.)

“Design & Optimization of a High Pressure Gas Turbine Blade”, S. Amaral, SM Thesis, Conjugate Heat Transfer Calculation of a Cooled Gas Turbine Blade, Dec 2007. (Advisor: Dr. Cengiz Camci)

“Conjugate Heat Transfer Calculation of a Cooled Gas Turbine Blade”, S. Amaral, Dipl. Ing., von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, June 2007. (Advisor: Prof. Rene Van den Braembussche)