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Captain Kevin Knapp

Instructor

Department of Engineering Mechanics

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(719) 333-2157

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Bio

Capt Kevin Knapp is an Instructor of Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy. Capt Kevin Knapp earned his MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2017 where he performed research in the testing and life estimation of gas turbine engine (GTE) airfoils. From 2013-2015 he served in the Air Force Research Laboratory's Aerospace Systems Directorate (AFRL/RQ) where he led research in GTE structural integrity and durability for future engine systems. He also managed a tri-service Propulsion Safety and Affordable Readiness program to reduce maintenance costs and increase engine durability across a fleet of 46K engines.

Capt Kevin Knapp has taught the following courses:

Engr Mech 220 – Statics and Strength of Materials
Engineering 402 – Fundamentals of Engineering Review (Statics)

Education

Master of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Akron, Ohio

Professional Experience

Instructor, Deptartment of Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2017-present)

Graduate Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio (2015-2017)

Published Master’s Thesis: Time-dependent Validation of Finite Element Strain Distribution of a Plastically Deformed Plate via Digital Image Correlation. Developed new test method to estimate turbine engine component life – 40 times faster & more representative of failure mechanisms.

Trubine Structures Test Engineer, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio (2013-2015)

Honors & Awards

Dean’s Award, Air Force Inst of Technology Dept of Aeronautics & Astronautics (2017)

Best Presentation in Structures, AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium (2017)

Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Mtg (2017)

President’s Volunteer Service Award (AFIT-NASIC Team) (2016)

Best Presentation Award for Structures, ASME Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium (2015)

Publications

Conference Publications:

Knapp, Kevin., Palazotto, A., Scott-Emuakpor, O., Holycross, C., George, T., “Time-dependent Validation of Finite Element Strain Distribution of a Plastically Deformed Plate via Digital Image Correlation,” 42th AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Sciences Symposium, Dayton, OH, February, 2017. – Best Presentation Award for Structures.

Knapp, Kevin., Palazotto, A., Scott-Emuakpor, O., “Comparison of Finite Element Strain Distribution to In Situ Strain Field of a Plastically Deformed Plate,” 58th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Dallas, TX, AIAA Paper 2017-1139, January, 2017. – Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures.

Knapp, Kevin., Palazotto, A., Scott-Emuakpor, O., George, T., Holycross, C., “In Situ Validation of Residual Stress Gradients in Plastically Deformed [Vibration-Based Fatigue] Plates,” 12th ASME Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, Dayton, OH, November, 2016.

Knapp, Kevin., Scott-Emuakpor, O., George, T., Holycross, C., Palazotto, A., “Improved Pre-Strain Method for Generating Goodman Data with Vibration-Based Fatigue Testing,” 57th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, San Diego, CA, AIAA Paper 2016-0925, January, 2016.

Knapp, Kevin., Palazotto, A., Scott-Emuakpor, O., George, T., Holycross, C., “Improved Pre-Strain Method for Generating Goodman Data with Vibration-Based Fatigue Testing,” 11th ASME Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, Dayton, OH, November, 2015. – Best Presentation Award for Structures & Fatigue.