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Lee J. Gorny

As a guest researcher, Lee Gorny has worked to develop a long-wavelength acoustic flowmeter (LWAF) that will be capable of accurately and economically measuring exhaust flows from coal-burning power plants. This work is funded by the NIST Greenhouse Gas and Climate Science Measurements Program through the University of Maryland.

Since beginning work at NIST in 2011, Gorny and his colleagues in the Fluid Metrology Group have developed scaled airflow facilities that provide a calibrated flow used to evaluate several methods for implementing a LWAF. Refined methods of long-wavelength acoustic flowmetering have been shown to measure distorted flows with better than 1% uncertainty for flow-velocities up to 30 m/s. Gorny has also taken preliminary measurements at a coal-burning power plant to assess the suitability of a LWAF for measuring stack gas flows.

Prior to working with NIST, Gorny received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009 specializing in noise control engineering and duct acoustics. Following this, he worked as a post doc in Materials Science developing ferroelectric thin film devices for use as actuators, sensors and in electrocaloric effect refrigeration. Gorny has also studied at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin, Germany developing methods for quieting turbomachinery and with the Frounhofer-Institut, Loewe Zentrum AdRIA in Darmstadt, Germany investigating high-efficiency ultrasonic motors.

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Guest Researcher
Sensor Science Division
Fluid Metrology Group

Employment History:

2011-present, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

2003-2010, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY


Phone: 301-975-2618