Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre

Welcome to the Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre

The Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre (TFMRC) is a dedicated research laboratory specialising in both fundamental and applied, experimental and computational research in thermo-fluids.

Our expertise in the areas of aerodynamics and heat transfer finds most application to research in gas turbine technology. There is a particular emphasis on gas turbine internal (or secondary) air systems, gas-path aerodynamics & component heat transfer and the modelling of flow 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. Our most recent substantial research contract has been with GE Aviation in Cincinnati, USA.

For experimental work, we have five dedicated test cells with air, water and 3-phase power. We also have a wide range of pressure, mass flow and temperature instrumentation 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). For computational work, we have access to commercial solvers and LES-capable in-house codes are also available. A full list of experimental and numerical capabilities available at the TFMRC can be found on the pages describing the facilities.

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