K. KUNZ, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Macon, GA 31207
of Philosophy in Engineering Science and Mechanics
Institute of Technology September
title: The Pressure Field Generated by a Fluid Film Entrained Between Two
Non-Conforming Elastic Bodies Dissertation
directed by G. M. Rentzepis
of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Institute of Technology December 1974Thesis
Title: Thermal and Traction Behavior in Sliding Elastohydrodynamic Contacts
directed by W. O. Winer
of Science in Mechanical Engineering
University January 1974PROFESSIONAL
REGISTRATION AND SECURITY CLEARANCERegistered
Professional Engineer, State of Utah, License No. 556****-**** DoD
Secret Clearance, 2004 TECHNICAL
SKILLS Experienced using Abaqus, I-DEAS,
Mathematica, Visual Basic for Applications, Fortran Hands-on experience in product development
cycle including concept, design, analysis, tooling, prototype fabrication,
qualification testing Experienced in technical marketing
and proposal development Extensive background in structural
analysis methods development applicable to a wide variety of material systems,
including fiber composites, elastomers, and solid propellant
Engineering Research Center
Warner Robins, GA 2006 2010
Consultant Applied MechanicsEvaluated structural requirements
of and performed material trade studies for potential replacement material
systems for honeycomb sandwich structure on C-5 aircraftPerformed finite element modeling
of C-5 aircraftPerformed thermal/structural finite
element analysis of C-130 IR shield componentsPerformed finite element modeling of C-130 center wing structure strain
Thiokol, Inc. - Brigham City, UT
1991 - 2006
Staff Engineer/Scientist - Design and AnalysisHad
primary engineering responsibility for technology development and international
marketing of predictive age-life evaluation programs for solid propellant
rocket motors Served
as Principal Investigator on U.S. Government programs investigating cumulative
damage, nonlinear viscoelastic constitutive behavior, failure and fracture
of solid rocket propellant and bondline systems. Designed
and developed a unique non-cylindrical composite pressure vessel for which
a U.S. Patent and several foreign patents were issued. Served as Principal
Investigator on several government- and internally-funded programs for research
and development of composite conformable pressure vessels for alternative-fuel
material characterization and hyperelastic analysis methods for elastomeric
Aeronautical Systems Company - Burbank, CA
1988 - 1991
Specialist, Senior - Advanced Composite Structures Performed
composite structural analysis methods development and research on composite
materials and structures Technical
Proposal Manager for Advanced Composites Technology Program for which Lockheed
was awarded $9.5M by NASA Langley Research Center Program
Manager for NASA Contract NAS1-17925, "Failure Analysis and Damage Tolerance
of Composite Aircraft Structures" Principal
Investigator on NASA contract NAS1-15949, Task 22, "Analysis and Sizing
of Postbuckled Stiffened Composite Panels" Performed
research on local stability of composite sandwich structures
Aeronautical Systems Company - Marietta,
GA 1985 - 1988
Engineer - Advanced Structures Performed
composite structural analysis methods development and research on composite
materials and structures Principal
Investigator of Independent Research Project - Application of Expert Systems
to Composite Design Research
on residual thermal stresses in composite laminates, postbuckling of laminated
plates, micromechanics of metal matrix composites
Company 1984 - 1985
- Advanced Structures Performed research in areas of micromechanics
of discontinuous fiber composites and active vibration control
Company Summer 1984
Faculty Associate - Advanced Structures Performed research in micromechanics
of short-fiber reinforced composites ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
Macon, GA 2006 present
Professor Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringUndergraduate courses taught:
Senior Design I, II
Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA 1978
Professor School of Engineering Science and MechanicsUndergraduate courses taught
of Deformable Bodies
of Materials (for students in College of Architecture ) Graduate
Strength of Materials
Elasticity I, II
Fracture Mechanics Performed research in areas of impact-induced
delamination in composite laminates; mechanics of adhesion; mechanics of elastohydrodynamic
lubrication Secured external research funding
from Lockheed-Georgia Co., Continental Forest Industries, National Science
Foundation Provided guidance and supervision
to undergraduate and graduate students, including 4 M.S. Theses
Mercer University School of Engineering 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year Team
Recognition Award, CDA Program, Thiokol, October 2001 Team
Recognition Award, PSTA Program, Thiokol, July 2000 Solid
Contributor Award, Nissan Airship Proposal, Thiokol, January 1999 Recognition
for Contribution to Castor 120 Motor Program, March, 1998 Outstanding
Contribution Award, Thiokol Science and Engineering, October, 1995. Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, Society of Automotive Engineers,
Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Engineering, Georgia Tech
Chapter of Sigma Xi, 1981. Award
for Outstanding Doctoral Research in Engineering, Georgia Tech Chapter of
Sigma Xi., 1979. National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1975-1978.
Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and
AIAA Pressure Vessel Standards Working Group, 1996 1999 Textbook
reviews for Prentice-Hall, Harper & Row publishers Paper reviews for Mechanics Research Communications, Applied
Mechanics Reviews, American Society of Engineering Education
IN JOURNALS AND PROCEEDINGS
R. K. Kunz, Characterization of
Solid Propellant for Linear Cumulative Damage Modeling, Paper No. AIAA-2009-5257,
Proceedings, 45 th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit,
Denver, CO, August 2009. R. K. Kunz, Manufacturing Practices:
A Hands-On Course in Metalworking for Engineering Undergraduates, Proceedings,
ASEE Southeastern Section Annual Conference, Marietta, GA, April 2009 C. N. Yarborough, E. M. Childress,
R. K. Kunz, Shape Recovery and Mechanical Properties of Shape Memory Composites,
Proceedings of IMECE 2008, 2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering
Conference and Exposition, Boston, MA, November 2008. R. K. Kunz, Continuum Damage Mechanics
Modeling of Solid Propellant, Paper No. AIAA-2008-4973, Proceedings, 44th
AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Hartford, CT, July 2008. R. K. Kunz, Connecting Industry Experience
with Classroom Instruction, Proceedings, ASEE Southeastern Section Annual
Conference, Memphis, TN, April 2008 R.
P. Graham and R. K. Kunz, Specimen Optimization by Analysis and Testing,
Part I: Analysis, Proceedings, JANNAF 38 th Structures and Mechanical Behavior
Subcommittee Meeting, Newport, RI, March 2007. R.
P. Graham, M. K. Tavoian, and R. K. Kunz, Specimen Optimization by Analysis
and Testing, Part II: Testing, Proceedings, JANNAF 38 th Structures and Mechanical
Behavior Subcommittee Meeting, Newport, RI, March 2007 C.
A. Rotz and R. K. Kunz, Efficient Formulation of the Generalized Method of
Cells for Solid Propellant Constitutive Modeling, Proceedings, Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air
Force (JANNAF) 37 th Structures and Mechanical Behavior Subcommittee Meeting,
San Diego, CA, Chemical Propulsion Information Agency, Johns Hopkins University,
Nov. 2005. R.
S. Hyde, R. P. Graham, .R. K. Kunz, I. L. Davis, T.
E. Doyle, and J. W. Burns, Service Life Prediction
Technology Program Results Overview, Proceedings, Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air
Force (JANNAF) 36 th Structures and Mechanical Behavior Subcommittee Meeting,
New Orleans, LA, Chemical Propulsion Information Agency, Johns Hopkins University,
Mar. 2004. R.
K. Kunz, K. L. Laheru, Bondline General Failure Criterion, Proceedings,
Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) 35 th Structures and Mechanical Behavior
Subcommittee Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Chemical Propulsion Information Agency,
Johns Hopkins University, Aug. 2002. K. L. Laheru, R. K. Kunz, Wedge Specimens Under Simultaneous
Straining and Cooling, AIAA Paper No. 2001-3286, 37 th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE
Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Salt Lake City, UT, July 8-11, 2001.
L. Laheru, R. K. Kunz, Propellant 3-D Specimen Under Simultaneous Straining
and Cooling, Proceedings, 50th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Salt Lake City,
UT, CPIA Publication 705, Vol. II pp. 585-594, Chemical Propulsion Information
Agency, Johns Hopkins University, July, 2001. R.
K. Kunz, R. P. Golde, B. M. McQuivey, High Pressure Conformable Hydrogen
Storage for Fuel Cell Vehicles, Proceedings, 10 th Annual U.S. Hydrogen Meeting
and Exhibition, Vienna, VA, April 7-9, 1999, sponsored by National Hydrogen
P. Golde, R. K. Kunz, M. J. Warner, The Shape of Things to Come, SAMPE Journal,
March/April 1999. R.
K. Kunz, R. P. Golde, Conformable Natural Gas Storage Technologies, Proceedings,
Annual Automotive Technology Development Customers' Coordination Meeting,
Vol. III, pp. 541-551, Dearborn, MI, October 1997. M.
D. Blair, R. K. Kunz, M. J. Warner, K Davis, E. Wolcott, D. Turner, J Bennett,
Composite Conformable Pressure Vessel, U.S. Patent No. 5,577,630, US Patent
and Trademark Office, November 1996. R.
K. Kunz, L. J. Johnson, M. D. Blair, Conformable Tanks for Natural Gas Storage,
Proceedings, Annual Automotive Technology Development Customers' Coordination
Meeting, Vol. III, Dearborn, MI, October 1996. R.
K. Kunz, M. D. Blair, M. J. Warner, R. P. Graham, Conformable Pressurized
Fuel Storage for Increased Vehicle Range, SAE Paper No. 961673, from Design
Innovations in Alternative Fuels Technologies (SP-1186), Society of Automotive
Engineers, August 1996. J. W. Sinclair, D. G. Shook, M. C. Hawkins, R. K. Kunz, Propellant-Case
Interface Technology Program II. Chemical-Mechanical P/L/I Properties, 1993
JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Monterey, CA, CPIA Publication 602, Vol. III, pp.
15-24, Chemical Propulsion Information Agency, Johns Hopkins University, November
1993. R. K. Kunz and J. C. Howes, Characterization of Elastomers
for Nonlinear Flex Seal Analysis, Proceedings, 1992 JANNAF Rocket Nozzle
Technology Subcommittee Meeting, Sunnyvale, CA, CPIA Publication 592, pp.
677-690, Chemical Propulsion Information Agency, Johns Hopkins University
December 1992. R.
K. Kunz, Postbuckling of Stiffened Composite Plates Under Combined Loading,
Proceedings, 8 th DoD/NASA/FAA Conference on Fibrous Composites in Structural
Design, 1989. R.
K. Kunz and G. M. Rentzepis, Forced Penetration of Fluids into Porous Media
- One-Dimensional Case, Proceedings of the Southeastern Conference on Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics, April 1986. R.
K. Kunz, On the Determination of Transient Interlaminar Stresses in a Composite
Laminate Subject to Impact, Mechanics Research Communications, Vol. 11, No.
3, May/June 1984, pp. 227-232. R.
K. Kunz and G. M. Rentzepis, The Pressure Field in a Two-Dimensional Elastohydrodynamic
System, Proceedings of the Ninth U.S. National Congress of Applied Mechanics,
Ithaca, NY, June 1982. R.
K. Kunz and G. M. Rentzepis, The Stress Field Generated by a Cylinder Subject
to an EHD Process, Proceedings of the 16 th Midwestern Mechanics Conference,
Manhattan, KS, September 1979. G.
M. Rentzepis and R. K. Kunz, Dispersion of Plane Waves in Laminated Media,
Proceedings of the 20 th AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials
Conference, St. Louis, MO, April 1979. R.
K. Kunz and W.O. Winer, Prediction of Traction in Sliding EHD Contacts,
Trans. ASME, Journal of Lubrication Technology, Series F, Vol. 98, p. 363,
K. Kunz, K. L. Laheru, T. L. Hendrickson, Propellant and Bondline Fracture
Mechanics in CDA, JANNAF Service Life Panel Workshop, Wright-Patterson AFB,
Dayton, OH, November 2000 R.
K. Kunz, R. P. Golde, "Conformable CNG Storage - The Shape of Things
to Come," 16 th National NGV Conference and Exhibition, Providence,
RI, September 1998. R.
K. Kunz, R. P. Golde, On-Board Hydrogen Storage for Fuel Cell Vehicles,
M & P Issues for Hydrogen Systems panel, 43 rd International SAMPE Symposium
and Exhibition, Anaheim, CA, 31 May-4 June 1998. R.
K. Kunz, Smart Tanks' for CNG Fuel Storage, Gr/Ep Rocket Motor Case Experience
Sharing Meeting, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA, May 5-7, 1998. R. K. Kunz, Conformable CNG Storage - The Shape of Things
to Come, 15 th National NGV Conference and Exhibition, Salt Lake City, UT, September 1997. R.
K. Kunz, What's New in Compressed Natural Gas, Idaho 's Clean Cities Workshop
and Exhibition, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, September 1996. R.
K. Kunz, Hyperelastic Analysis of Elastomeric Bearings, Utah State University
Graduate Seminar, February 1992. R.
K. Kunz and P. K. Willey, LAMDA - The Laminate Design Assistant, 1 st Annual
Lockheed Computer-Aided Engineering Symposium, October 1987. R.
K. Kunz, Application of Expert Systems to Composite Design, Lockheed Composites
Technology Symposium, Calabasas, CA, June 1987. R.
K. Kunz, R. E. Barrie, and P. K. Willey, Potential Uses of Artificial Intelligence
in Composite Design and Manufacture, 2 nd Annual Lockheed Artificial Intelligence
and Strategic Computing Symposium, Atlanta, GA, September 1986. R.
K. Kunz, Micromechanics of Short-Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials, Clemson
University Graduate Seminar, October 1986. R.
K. Kunz, The Pressure Field Generated in an Elastohydrodynamic Process,
University of Massachusetts Graduate Seminar, Amherst, MA, February 1978.