Gas-Turbine Propulsion

Transonic Turbine Model

Transonic Turbine Laboratory

This transonic turbine laboratory was designed and built for fundamental and proof of concept studies of active flow control in gas turbine engines. The laboratory is designed to fill the gap between typical facilities found in universities, and those that exist in DoD laboratories.

The purpose of this laboratory is to provide an environment for the development of performance enhancing concepts at conditions that are closer to those in real engines, and thereby provide realistic evaluation before transitioning to more expensive tests in large government and industry facilities. The general characteristics of the transonic turbine facility are continuous transonic operation, a loading coefficient greater than 3, a flow coefficient of no less than 0.5, a pressure ratio of up to 2.2, and a relatively large mean diameter that is comparable to some smaller engines.


Transonic Compressor Facility

Transonic Compressor Laboratory

The purpose of the transonic compressor laboratory is to study fundamental and proof of concept studies of active flow control in the internal flow of turbo-jet engines. It provides an environment for the development of flow control concepts at conditions that are closer to those in real engines, and thereby provide a realistic evaluation before moving to more expensive tests in large government and industry facilities.