Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre

The Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre (TFMRC) is a dedicated research laboratory specialising in both fundamental and applied research in thermofluids.

Our expertise in the areas of aerodynamics and heat transfer is generally applied to research in gas turbine technology. There is a particular emphasis on gas turbine internal air systems and modelling of aeroacoustics and combustion.

The TFMRC has received research grants in excess of £11 million over the last 10 years from a number of major gas turbine companies and independent governmental and non-governmental funding bodies. Rolls Royce has been a major contributor in the past. We currently have a substantial research contract with GE Aviation in Cincinnati, USA.

For the experimental work, we have five dedicated test cells with air, water, 3-phase power, pressure, mass flow and temperature instrumentation and data logging facilities. We are equipped for non-invasive instrumentation: pyrometry, thermal imaging, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) and Phase Doppler Anemometry (PDA). A full list of experimental capabilities available at the TFMRC can be found elsewhere in these pages.

The TFMRC also has a strong track record in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). The current platform for computationally modelling flow and heat transfer consists of two major in-house code suites, SURF and FLUXp. The former has being widely applied to axial and radial turbomachinery analysis and optimisations in the last 15 years, while the latter, developed over the last 10 years, specialises in LES (Large Eddy Simulation) for turbulent flows and flow induced noise. A list of computer hardware is available in the facilities section of this site.

We welcome enquiries about research opportunities. Informal enquiries about commissioning research programmes or performing research studies can be sent to individual staff members. For other enquiries concerning postgraduate degree programmes at doctoral (DPhil, PhD) or masters level (MSc and MPhil), please contact Luke Scott.