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There are several sources for foil bearings. Most do not have COMMERCIAL SYSTEM and MASS PRODUCTION experience. There are not many experienced engineers who are able to help you reduce the risk of integrating these new technologies with your proven technologies. We present the combination of formal theory with valuable hands-on experience, bringing all the elements together. From risk assessment to design reviews to complete machine design, Oil-Free Machinery, LLC complements your team, and over time will train them to be self sufficient with your own foil bearing program.
Dan has worked with industrial and aerospace turbomachinery, and became specialized in Oil-Free Machinery™ and high speed system rotordynamics, bearings, and production transitions with over 20 years of hands-on R&D experience. Dan has worked with industry leading technology in this area at Capstone Turbine, Honeywell Aerospace, and Calnetix Technologies. He has been a significant contributor to several new centerline designs for both conventional and oil-free systems and is as comfortable with design and test as he is with analysis. Dan has a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering which he earned at the Texas A&M University Turbo Lab in College Station, Texas. Prior to that, he received a Bachelors in Engineering Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Dan has published papers on squeeze film dampers and foil bearing developments for micro gas turbines.
Critical to the success of the Capstone microturbine, Dennis is named on many key patents that revolutionized foil bearings. With exceptional attention to detail in testing, Dennis is constantly improving the state of the art for foil bearings. He has over 20 years of oil-free turbomachinery experience. He excels at invention, testing, and breaking rules.
Joty has over 20 years of turbomachinery experience, of which 15 years were specifically with oil-free variants. He excels at design integrations and manufacturing for all turbomachinery.
Formerly a helicopter pilot with the US Army, Ken has over 30 years of turbomachinery experience, of which over 20 years were specifically with oil-free variants including over 5 years with our team. He excels at design, tool design, and manufacturing processes.
Ken has more than 20 years' experience as an industrial power electronics engineer. His interests include the design, validation, and certification (UL, CSA, and CE) of power converters, high-speed permanent magnet synchronous machines and their drives, and power magnetics. His expertise has been primarily focused on hardware; however, he is also well versed in the control aspects of power electronics converters and permanent magnet synchronous machines. Ken received his Ph.D., M.A.Sc., and B.A.Sc. all from the University of British Columbia.