Gas Turbine Laboratory

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced in a recent press release that $5.8 million would be going toward research, education and training grants to universities involved in the FAA’s Alliance for System Safety of UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) through Research Excellence or ASSURE...
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) professor Kiran D’Souza recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project titled, “Vibration Energy Harvesting to Meet Power Demands for the Electric Grid and Remote Sensing.” The grant is part of the NSF’s...
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Gas turbine engines are of central importance to the global transportation and energy generation network.  With applications for aircraft propulsion (jet engines), power generation, and many other purposes, improvements in the efficiency, reliability, or emissions of these engines can have far-reaching impacts.  The Ohio State University GTL seeks to combine the best aspects of academic and industrial research to advance the state-of-the-art in gas turbine design.  

Current GTL research focuses include:

  • Heat transfer and aerodynamic programs taking measurements and making predictions for cooled full-scale turbines operating at scaled conditions and for flow inside the blade internal cooling passages;
  • Aeromechanics research programs investigating the effect of engine-speed blade tip rub events as well as a variety of damping and mistuning studies; and  
  • Structural dynamics research modeling a UAV ingestion into an engine, creating new reduced order modeling methods for turbomachinery, and new nonlinear dynamic analysis for friction and cracks. 

All research projects are performed in close collaboration with industrial partners to ensure that the results are representative of engine conditions and relevant to current design questions.

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