Combining computational and experimental methods is crucial to the way we perform research. High fidelity computational simulations are performed using massively parallel computing, and GPUs enable high performance computing. Our experimental facilities include: 3 multi-stage rotating machines; 3 transonic/supersonic high-speed flow rigs; 13 rotating facilities; and numerous small-scale rigs, wind-tunnels and cascades. As with the computational simulations, experiments incorporate more ‘engine-realistic’ geometries, including fully 3D geometries and hub and shroud leakage paths. Our manufacturing capabilities include rapid-prototyping and multi-axis computer controlled machining and this allow us to rapidly design, build and test complex geometries in-house.
We have a wide range of experimental facilities including many rotating facilities, high and low-speed wind-tunnels, multi-stage machines and many cascade rigs.