Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre

Current research

Most of our current theoretical and experimental work is focussed on improving the cooling and sealing systems in advanced gas turbines. Several experimental rigs are being used to model the flow and heat transfer behaviour that occurs in various sections of these secondary air systems. In parallel with the experimental programmes, theoretical work involving CFD is used to predict the flow and heat transfer. For us, the principal objectives are to obtain high quality experimental data, to understand the flow physics and to validate CFD codes. For our industrial partners, we aim to provide data to assist with developing new design methods.

Our two current gas turbine projects are: 1) sealing of rotor-stator wheel spaces against hot mainstream gas ingestion; and 2) investigating flow and heat transfer in compressor disc cavities.