My name is Joachim Kurzke and I am living in the small town Dachau near to Munich in Germany. The picture shows me in the Chinese Huashan mointains near Xian.
For 28 years I have worked on gas turbine performance simulation at MTU Aero Engines. Since 1991 I have developed in parallel to my main job the GasTurb program and the accompanying software.
In October 2004 I retired from MTU which allows me spending more time for further developing my software as well as for consulting and teaching gas turbine performance.
My Experience with Gas Turbine Performance
As an employee of MTU Aero Engines I have worked on gas turbine performance prediction and engine test analysis between 1976 and 2004. Among the engine projects were the Turbo Union RB199 and the Eurojet EJ200 (both are mixed flow turbofans with afterburner), the helicopter engine MTR 390, several business jet engines in collaboration with Pratt&Whitney Canada, and the big fan engines PW2037, V2500 and PW4084, where MTU collaborates with Pratt&Whitney East Hartford, USA.
In the early phase of the EJ200 project (the engine for the Eurofighter Typhoon) I was for several years head of the international working group for performance prediction and engine test analysis. Later I was head of the MTU performance department and in the last 4 years before my retirement in 2004 I have worked as engine performance consultant.