Nicole Key

Nicole Key

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, by courtesy in Aeronautics & Astronautics

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088
Phone: +1 765 49-42333

Degrees

  • B.S., Purdue, '00
  • M.S.E., Purdue, '02
  • Ph.D., Purdue, '07

Research Interests

  • Aerothermal aspects of turbomachinery
  • Axial and radial compressor performance
  • Experimental methods in fluid mechanics

Research Area(s)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue (2007)
  • AIAA Foundation Gordon C. Oates Graduate Award for Studies in Air Breathing Propulsion (2005)
  • Hertz Fellowship Finalist (2004)
  • von Karman Prize for Best Overall Results in Course Work and Research (2003)
  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship Recipient (2002 & 2004)
  • AIAA National Graduate Student Paper Competition Winner (2002)
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship Recipient (2000)
  • National Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Recipient (2000)
  • Ammon S. Andes Award for National Outstanding Aeronautical Engineer awarded by Sigma Gamma Tau (2000)
  • Outstanding Senior Engineer awarded by Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (2000)
  • Outstanding Senior Engineer awarded by Purdue Society of Professional Engineers (2000)
  • Society of Women Engineers Outstanding Senior Woman in the Schools of Engineering at Purdue (2000)
  • GE Student Intern Contribution Award (1999)
  • Ten Select Publications

    Miller, K.L., Key, N.L., Fulayter, R.D., “Investigation of an Advanced OGV / Pre-diffuser Design, Part I: OGV Performance,” Submitted to the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Oct. 2011 (under review).

    Miller, K.L. and Key, N.L., “Investigation of an Advanced OGV / Pre-diffuser Design, Part II: Pre-diffuser Performance,” Submitted to the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Oct. 2011 (under review).

    Brossman, J.R., Smith, N.R., Talalayev, A., and Key, N.L., “Tailoring Inlet Flow to Enable High Accuracy Compressor Performance Measurements”, Accepted to the International Journal of Turbo and Jet Engines, Sept., 2011.

    Salontay, J.D., Key, N.L., Fulayter, R.D., 2011, “An Investigation of the Flow Physics of Vane Clocking Effects on Rotor Resonant Response”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 27, No. 5, p 1001-1007.

    Choi, Y.S., Key, N.L., Fleeter, S., 2011, “Vane Clocking Effects on the Resonant Response of an Embedded Rotor,” AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 27, No. 1, p 71-77.

    Key, N.L., Lawless, P.B., and Fleeter, S., 2010, “Rotor Wake Variability in a Multistage Compressor,”
    AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 26, No. 2, p 344-352.

    Key, N.L., Lawless, P.B., and Fleeter, S., 2010, “An Experimental Study of Vane Clocking Effects on Embedded Compressor Stage Performance,” ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 132, No. 1, 011018 (10 pgs).

    Key, N.L., Lawless, P.B., and Fleeter, S., 2009, “Vane Clocking in a Three-Stage Compressor: Frequency Domain Data Analysis,” AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 25, No. 5, p 1100-1107.

    Key, N.L. and Arts, T., 2006, “Comparison of Turbine Tip Leakage Flow for Flat Tip and Squealer Tip Geometries at High-Speed Conditions,” ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 128, No. 2, p 213-220.

    Key, N.L., Lawless, P.B. and Fleeter, S., 2004, “Rotor Generated Vane Row Off-Design Unsteady Aerodynamics Including Dynamic Stall: Part I,” AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 20, No. 5, p 835-841.