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Our Mach 0.3 Burner Rig Facility can test materials of various geometries and compositions from 700°F to 2500°F under oxidation or corrosive environments.


Branch Personnel
Branch Personnel
Dever, Joyce A., Branch Chief
Auping, Judith V.
Cuy, Michael D.
Fox, Dennis S.
Good, Brian S.
Harder, Bryan J.
Horwath, Joseph
Humphrey, Donald L.
Meador, Mary Ann B.
Jacobson, Nathan S.
Miller, Robert A.
Nesbitt, James A.
Pastel, Robert T.
Smialek, James L.
Zhu, Dongming


Dr. Judith V. Auping Judith V. Auping, Ph.D., Chemical Engineer

Technical Expertise:
  • Database Design
  • Data Acquisition Software
Contact Information: Judith.V.Auping@nasa.gov - 216-433-5016
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Michael D. Cuy Michael D. Cuy, Burner Rig Operations
(Vantage Partners, LLC)

Technical Expertise:
  • Burner rig operations
  • Computerized facility operations
  • Hot corrosion testing of materials
  • Temperature and thermo-mechanical fatigue testing of materials
  • High temperature measurement of materials using various pyrometry systems
Related Facilities: Mach 0.3 Burner Rigs, Plasma Spray Facility
Contact Information: Michael.D.Cuy@nasa.gov - 216-433-3159
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Joyce A. Dever Joyce A. Dever, Materials Research Engineer
Branch Chief

Technical Expertise:
  • Space environmental durability of spacecraft external surfaces and coatings
  • Spacecraft thermal control materials and coatings
Contact Information: Joyce.A.Dever@nasa.gov - 216-433-6294
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Dr. James L. Smialek Dennis S. Fox, Ceramic Engineer

Technical Expertise:
  • Thermogravimetric analysis
  • Burner rig testing of materials
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • High temperature mass spectrometry
  • High temperature oxidation/corrosion of ceramics/metals
  • Plasma spray of thermal/environmental barrier coatings
Related Facilities: Mach 0.3 Burner Rigs, Plasma Spray Facility
Contact Information: Dennis.S.Fox@nasa.gov - 216-433-3295
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Dr. Brian S. Good Brian S. Good, Ph.D., Physicist

Technical Expertise:
  • Theoretical solid state physics
  • Atomistic Monte Carlo methods
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Semi-empirical and ab initio energy methods
  • Computer-aided design of materials
Contact Information: Brian.S.Good@nasa.gov - 216-433-6296
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Bryan J. Harder, Ph.D. Bryan J. Harder, Ph.D., Materials Research Engineer

Technical Expertise:
  • Thermogravimetric analysis
  • Air plasma spray of thermal and environmental barrier coatings
  • High energy X-ray strain and stress measurement
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Plasma Spray – Physical Vapor Deposition (PS-PVD) processing
Contact Information: Bryan.J.Harder@nasa.gov
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Joseph Horwath Joseph Horwath, Materials Engineer

Technical Expertise:
  • Thermogravimetric analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • testing of Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs)
Contact Information: Joseph.P.Horwath@nasa.gov
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Donald L. Humphrey Donald L. Humphrey, Materials Research Technologist
(ZIN Technologies, Inc.)

Technical Expertise:
  • Hydrogen annealing
  • Thermogravimetric analysis
  • Metallographic specimen preparation
  • High-Temperature Vacuum Hot-Press
  • Controlled atmosphere heat treatments
Related Facilities: Quick Access Rocket Exhaust (QARE) Rig, Vacuum Hot Press Facility, Thermogravimetric Analysis Lab
Contact Information: Donald.L.Humphrey@nasa.gov - 216-433-5521
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Dr. Nathan S. Jacobson Nathan S. Jacobson, Ph.D., High Temperature Chemist

Technical Expertise:
  • High temperature chemistry
  • High temperature mass spectrometry
  • High temperature corrosion/oxidation of ceramics
Related Facilities: Mass Spectrometry Lab
Contact Information: Nathan.S.Jacobson@nasa.gov - 216-433-5498
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Dr. Mary Ann Meador Mary Ann B. Meador, Ph.D., Chemical Engineer

Technical Expertise:
  • Design, synthesis and characterization of new polymer aerogels and polymer reinforced silica aerogels with improved properties
  • Structure property relationships of polymers, composites, and aerogels
  • High field multinuclear NMR of solution and solid samples of polymers and ceramics
  • Study of cure and degradation mechanisms of polymers and ceramics by solid NMR
  • Statistical experimental design and analysis
Contact Information: Maryann.Meador@nasa.gov - 216-433-3221
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Dr. Robert A. Miller Robert A. Miller, Ph.D., Materials Engineer

Technical Expertise:
  • Thermal barrier coatings, focussing on high temperature cyclic testing
Related Facilities: Laser Facilities
Contact Information: Robert.A.Miller@nasa.gov - 216-433-3298
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Dr. James A. Nesbitt James A. Nesbitt, Ph.D., Materials Research Engineer

Technical Expertise:
  • High temperature oxidation of overlay coatings
  • Modeling interdiffusion of coating and substrates
  • Modeling transport associated with high temperature oxidation
Related Facilities: PVD Coating Laboratory, Cyclic Oxidation Laboratory
Contact Information: James.A.Nesbitt@nasa.gov - 216-433-3275
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Robert T. Pastel Robert T. Pastel, High Pressure Burner Rig Operations & Support
(Sierra Lobo Inc. - TFOME Link to non-NASA website)

Technical Expertise:
  • Burner rig operations
  • Testing of Environmental and Thermal Barrier Coatings (EBC and TBC)
  • Thermal fatigue testing of advanced ceramic coatings
  • High temperature measurement of materials using various pyrometry systems
Related Facilities: High Pressure Burner Rig
Contact Information: Robert.T.Pastel@nasa.gov - 216-433-5547
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Dr. James L. Smialek James L. Smialek, Ph.D., Senior Technologist in Materials

Technical Expertise:
  • Adhesion of alumina scales
  • Microstructure of alumina scales
  • High temperature oxidation of metals and ceramics
  • Low-sulfur, oxidation resistant single crystal superalloys
  • Scale volatility and recession of Si-based ceramics in combustion atmospheres
Related Facilities: Cyclic Oxidation Laboratory
Contact Information: James.L.Smialek@nasa.gov - 216-433-5500
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Dr. Dongming Zhu Dongming Zhu, Ph.D., Materials Research Engineer

Technical Expertise:
  • High temperature oxidation
  • Thermal shock behavior of ceramics
  • Fracture resistance of ceramic-metal interfaces
  • Stress measurement of oxide film-alloy systems
  • Thermal barrier coating response modeling under high heat flux conditions
  • Processing and thermal fatigue testing of advanced ceramic coating systems
Related Facilities: High Pressure Burner Rig, Laser Facilities
Contact Information: Dongming.Zhu@nasa.gov - 216-433-5422
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