Aviation Gas Turbines - Energy Center - Purdue University

Aviation Gas Turbines

Purdue has a strong research program in aviation gas turbine research.  Profs. Key and Paniagua are investigating compressors and turbines, respectively, for aviation gas turbines. Profs. Lucht, Slabaugh, Heister, and Meyer are studying advanced combustion concepts for aviation gas turbine systems.  Prof. Anderson performs research on combustion instabilities in these systems.  Profs. Heister Gore, Kilaz, and Qiao perform research on fuel effects, sprays, and fundamental combustion processes for aviation gas turbine fuels, both current fuels and future biofuels.  The research of these faculty members is characterized by the extensive use of advanced high-speed laser diagnostics including particle imaging velocimetry and planar laser-induced fluorescence. The aviaition gas turbine research efforts will be greatly enhanced by the installation of a new air heater system, providing non-vitiated air to the test rigs at temperatures as high as 1100 K and flow rates up to 4 kg/s, and by the new test rig facility that will come online in early 2017.


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William Anderson

Aeronautics and Astronautics
Chemical propulsion and design methodologies
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Jay Gore

Mechanical Engineering
Combustion & turbulent reacting flows
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Stephen Heister

Aeronautics and Astronautics
Propulsion system; combustors; injection systems; Two-phase and capillary flows
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Nicole Key

Graduate School
Mechanical Engineering
Aerothermal aspects of turbomachinery; Axial and radial compressor performance
Gozdem Kilaz profile picture

Gozdem Kilaz

School of Engineering Technology
Alternative aviation fuels
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Robert Lucht

Mechanical Engineering
Gas turbine and internal engine combustion; Fluid mechanics &? heat transfer
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Li Qiao

Aeronautics and Astronautics
High-performance fuels
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Carson Slabaugh

Aeronautics and Astronautics
Turbulent Combustion; Detonations; Thermo-Acoustic Instability; High-Bandwidth Measurement Techniques
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Paul Sojka

Mechanical Engineering
Spray and spray measurements; Fluid mechanic instability

Technical Contact

Robert (Bob) Lucht
Ralph and Bettye Bailey Professor for Combustion in Mechanical Engineering

Collaborating Laboratories

Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories

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