* 22. 09. 1931, Vienna
† 05. 04. 2019, Vienna
o.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Herbert Jericha was born on 22 September 1931 in Vienna.
From 1949 to 1954 he studied mechanical engineering at Vienna University of Technology and became afterwards university assistant at the Institute of Steam and Gas Turbines and Thermal Power plants (head: Prof. Herbert Melan). Parallel to his scientific activities he worked on the organisation of the Fifth World Power Conference (1958 in Vienna). In 1957 Herbert Jericha received his doctoral degree with excellence with the thesis "Thermodynamic Analysis of Gas Turbine Power Cycles with Free Piston Generators".
He moved then to Ingersoll Rand Company in the USA, where he worked as development engineer for radial compressors and steam turbines as well as gas turbines for off-gas utilization.
In 1960 Herbert Jericha returned to Austria to become head of steam turbine development at ELIN-UNION AG in Weiz. He built up the steam turbine manufacture, developed new calculation methods and test rigs and designed steam turbines, which were sold worldwide. Jericha belonged to the first engineers in Austria working with computers on the solution of technical problems.
In 1969 Herbert Jericha received the "venia legendi" on "Thermal Turbomachinery" from Vienna University of Technology for his work "Stabilization of Elastic Runners with Two-Wedge Bearings".
In 1970 he was appointed full professor at Graz University of Technology and became head of the new Institute of Thermal Turbomachinery and Machine Dynamics, which he led till his retirement in 1999.
During this period the new building of the institute and its experimental facilities were done. A 3 MW compressor station was erected as air supply for all test rigs. A unique transonic test turbine could be taken in operation in 1999. Herbert Jericha was Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering from 1980 to 1983.
His scientific working areas comprise steam and gas turbines, machine dynamics of turbomachinery as well as power cycles. Herbert Jericha published more than 100 journal articles, book contributions and conference papers. He was member of the organizing committees of two international conferences held in Vienna, the ASME Cogen Turbo Power 1995 and the ASME Turbo Expo 2004 with more than 4000 participants.
Herbert Jericha recognised very early that the anthropogenic emissions of CO2 threaten the world climate and tried to provide alternatives with his works on the Graz Cycle, hydrogen combustion, solar and wind energy. Especially the Graz Cycle, a fossil fuelled power plant with CO2 capture, contributed to his world-wide recognition. In 2010 he received the R. Tom Sawyer Award of the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his lifework and his works on the Graz Cycle.
Herbert Jericha deceased on 5 April 2019 in Vienna.
Awards (Selection) #
- R. Tom Sawyer Award (Glasgow, Schottland), 2010