Turbomachinery Research Centre
The Turbomachinery Research Centre (TRC) investigates the theoretical, computational and experimental modelling of heat transfer and fluid flow related to turbomachinery.
Generally, such research has been undertaken using turbine-based rigs running close to engine-operating conditions. Our approach is to conduct more fundamental work to measure, compute and, most importantly, understand the flow and heat transfer using generic, fully-instrumented experiments, designed for optical access and for thermal-imaging techniques.
The understanding gained from these fundamental investigations assists the interpretation of results for more specific engine conditions and geometries. This, in turn, informs their design.
Director: Professor Gary Lock
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6854
Deputy Director: Dr Carl Sangan
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3316
The Centre has international links with Siemens AG, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd, Rolls-Royce and Cross Manufacturing (1938) Ltd.
Our research is also funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
- Theoretical Modelling: flow near rotating compressor and turbine discs, rotating cavities, rotor-stator systems, heat transfer, flow in gas turbine secondary air systems.
- Experimental Modelling: the design of many rigs to simulate conditions inside gas turbines, including:
- hot gas ingestion
- buoyancy induced flow
- pre-swirl cooling delivery to rotors
- mainstream gas-path interaction
- rotating cavities.
- Computational Modelling: application and validation of in-house and commercial codes to the flow and heat transfer in generic models of gas-turbine internal cooling air systems.
|Project title||Enquiries||Collaborators and sponsors
|Hot gas ingestion in gas turbines||Professor Gary Lock||EPSRC/Siemens|
|Endwall contouring in gas turbines||Dr Carl Sangan||EPSRC/Siemens|
|Buoyancy-induced flow and heat transfer inside compressor rotors||Professor Gary Lock||EPSRC/University of Surrey/Rolls-Royce|
|Film cooling in high pressure gas turbine blades||Dr Oliver Pountney||EPSRC/Siemens|
|Development of a film riding pressure actuated leaf seal (FRPALS)||Dr James Scobie||EPSRC/Cross Manufacturing|
|Additive manufacturing for cooled high-temperature automotive radial machinery (CHARM)||Dr Colin Copeland||HiETA Technologies Ltd|
|Title||Researchers||Supervisors||Collaborators and sponsors
|Measurements of gas turbine aerodynamics using volumetric particle image velocimetry (V3V)||Artur Figueredo||Dr David Cleaver and Dr Carl Sangan||EPSRC|
|Experimental modelling of advanced gas turbine rim-seals||Fabian Hualca||Dr Carl Sangan and Dr James Scobie||EPSRC|
|Computational modelling of hot gas ingestion in a 1.5-stage axial gas turbine||Joshua Horwood||Dr Mike Wilson and Dr Carl Sangan||Siemens AG|
|Experimental measurements of hot gas ingestion in a 1.5-stage axial turbine rig||Marios Patinios||Dr Carl Sangan and Professor Gary Lock||Siemens/EPSRC|
|An experimental investigation into the fundamentals of brush seal fluid dynamics||Bahareh Pourbagher Aghchehkandi||Dr James Scobie and Dr Carl Sangan||Cross Manufacturing/ University Scholarship|
|Development of a film-riding pressure actuated leaf seal||Ernesto Pedraza-Valle||Dr James Scobie and Dr Carl Sangan||Cross Manufacturing/EPSRC|
|Computational modelling of gas turbine aerodynamics with endwall contouring||Neys Schreiner||Dr Carl Sangan and Dr Mike Wilson||EPSRC/Siemens UK|
|Modelling buoyancy induced flow in HP compressors||Hui Tang||Professor Gary Lock and Dr Mike Wilson||University Scholarship|
|Measurements of gas turbine aerodynamics using planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF)||Liam Wood||Dr Carl Sangan and Dr James Scobie||Siemens/University Scholarship|