This paper documents the pioneering work of Dr. Max Bentele during his long and distinguished career in Germany, the UK, and the United States. His early work on turbojets at the Heinkel-Hirth Corporation in conjunction with his life-long friend, Dr. Hans von Ohain, culminated in the development of the advanced HeS 011 turbojet. Dr. Bentele’s pioneering work in the area of blade vibration is documented along with details of his spectacular solution of the turbine blade vibration problem of the Junkers 004B engine which propelled the world’s first operational jet fighter—the Me-262. Also covered are his pioneering contributions to turbine blade cooling and blade manufacturing and his important work at Curtiss—Wright and Avco Lycoming prior to his retirement.
Dr. Max Bentele—Pioneer of the Jet Age
Contributed by the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Paper presented at the International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition, Atlanta, GA, June 16–19, 2003, Paper No. 2003-GT-38760. Manuscript received by IGTI, October 2002, final revision, March 2003. Associate Editor: H. R. Simmons.
Meher-Homji, C. B., and Prisell, E. (April 15, 2005). "Dr. Max Bentele—Pioneer of the Jet Age ." ASME. J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power. April 2005; 127(2): 231–239. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1807412
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