What research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) is being done on ceramic additively manufactured (AM) gas engine turbine blades? DSIAC reached out to subject matter experts (SMEs) working in the field of ceramic AM and generated a summary of RDT&E being done in this area, including specific application for gas engine turbine blades…

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Thomas J. Meirzler, Ph.D

My B.S. and M.S. degrees are in physics, and I received my Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Since 1988, I’ve supported TARDEC as a research engineer in survivability and have been involved with development, validation and verification of electro-optical, infrared and human visual acquisition models. As TARDEC’s Visual Perception Laboratory principal scientist and investigator, I worked with Ford and GM to apply visual target acquisition models to vehicle conspicuity and novel sensors to automobile 360-degree safety. Other areas of work include developing and integrating armor related technologies for embedded health-monitoring, embedded radio signal detection, and non-destructive testing. I have authored/co-authored many papers in electro-optic system simulation, visual detection, sensor validation, nondestructive armor evaluation, embedded piezoelectric nondestructive testing of armor, and spintronics. Some of the things I enjoy most are guiding development of embedded sensors that can improve warfighter and robotic combat survivability by providing real-time armor health monitoring and situational awareness and testing novel radar sensors based on spintronics.