About us

Discover more about the history of TFMRC and how to get in touch.

Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre group photo

Key facts

  • The TFMRC is a dedicated research laboratory within the School of Engineering and Informatics.
  • Established in 1978 and is globally renowned for excellence in the field of gas turbine internal air systems.
  • Five dedicated test cells, workshop and high performance computing facilities.
  • Team of 9 staff members and 8 PhD researchers.

Our facilities include five dedicated test cells with air, water and 3-phase power supply. We have a wide range of pressure, mass flow and temperature instruments, together with calibration and data logging facilities.

We are equipped for non-invasive instrumentation: thermal imaging, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) and Phase Doppler Anemometry (PDA).

A full list of our capabilities can be found on our Facilties page.

We apply our expertise to a wide range of applications, including:

  • Gas turbine technology (with emphasis on gas turbine internal (or secondary) air systems, gas-path aerodynamics and component heat transfer and the modelling of flow and combustion
  • Turbomachinery design and optimisation
  • Heat pumps
  • Organic Rankine cycles and waste heat recovery
  • Renewable energy applications
  • Thermal management in vehicles and powertrains
  • Thermal management in domestic and consumer products

Get in touch

We welcome enquiries about research opportunities. Informal enquiries about commissioning research programmes or performing research studies can be sent to individual staff members.

Postal address

Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre
School of Engineering and Informatics
University of Sussex

General enquiries

Please contact: Professor Peter Fussey (Director)

Visitors arriving by car

The Science Car Park (Car Park No.1) is the nearest to the TFMRC. Ask your contact at the TFMRC, or the School of Engineering and Informatics office, for a parking voucher.

Please do not use the general Visitor's Car Park as this is restricted.

Directions to the University

Learn more about how to find us.

Campus map

Campus map [PDF, 698kb]

The on-map coordinate for the TFMRC is E3, on the east side of the Science Car Park, Car Park No.1.