10MW Test Cell Inlet Installation

The 10MW test cell at the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL) is nearing completion with the installation of an inlet. The inlet has been designed for compressor testing with a mass flow on the order of 100 lbm/s. Aerodynamic design and flow conditioning have been supported by using CFD tools in order to guarantee uniform flow at the compressor inlet and low pressure losses in the operating range. The low loss design makes it possible to reach low compressor pressure ratios in choked conditions.