RPMTurbo was founded by Dr. Paul Petrie-Repar in 2005. Paul has 19 years experience in developing CFD methods and applying them to industrial applications and 13 years experience working on linear flow analysis for aeroelastic and aeroacoustic problems. Paul worked at Sigra from 1997 to 1999 and obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Queensland in 1998.
Paul worked for the Institute of Aeroelasticity at DLR (German Aerospace Centre) in Göttingen from 1999 to 2004. Here Paul developed a highly efficient, ground-breaking linearized Navier-Stokes flow solver (LFS) that solved the full 2D linearized Navier-Stokes equations on meshes with 20,000 cells in one minute on a personal computer. Previous linearized flow solvers required several hours to solve similar problems. Results from LFS have been published by Siemens in TURBO EXPO papers in 2005 and 2008. While working at DLR, Paul received three performance awards and completed contract work for industry.
Paul has served as session chair and session co-chair at recent TURBO EXPOs and has reviewed several papers for this conference.
Paul also works one day a week as a Research Fellow for the Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence at the University of Queensland. Here he supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students working on the design of expanders and turbines for Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)
Recently, Paul was at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm, Sweden working as a visiting researcher from August to November 2012. He received an EU scholarship to contribute to THRUST which is a unique international Masters program for turbomachinery aeromechanics coordinated by KTH in conjunction with universities in the USA, Belgium and Greece.