RPMTurbo was founded by Dr. Paul Petrie-Repar in 2005. Paul has over 20 years' experience in turbomachinery aeroelasticity including five years (1999-2004) working at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and 4.5 years (2015-2019) at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden as leader of the turbomachinery research group.
While working at the DLR, Paul developed a highly efficient, ground-breaking linearized Navier-Stokes flow solver (LFS) that solved the full 2D linearized Navier-Stokes equations on meshes with 20,000 cells in one minute on a personal computer. Previous linearized flow solvers required several hours to solve similar problems. Results from LFS have been published by Siemens in TURBO EXPO papers in 2005 and 2008. Paul received three performance awards at the DLR and completed contract work for industry using the method that he developed.
Paul was an Associate Professor in Turbomachinery Aeroelasticity at the Department of Energy Technology at KTH from 2015 to 2019. At KTH, Paul was the leader of the European research project ARIAS (Advanced Research into Aeromechanical Solutions). He submitted the successful proposal and established the project. This project includes all the major European aircraft engine manufacturers and received 7.5 million Euros in funding from the Horizon 2020 program. Paul was also responsible for project courses on turbomachinery aeroelasticity in the THRUST Masters program. Paul was also the local organiser for the 12th European Turbomachinery Conference hosted in Stockholm in April 2017.
Paul returned to Australia in 2019 and operates RPMTurbo from his home town Brisbane.