Research

The Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL) is focused on research, testing, and workforce development for a wide range of applications that involve turbomachinery technology. The University of Notre Dame has recently completed construction of a new 28,000-square-foot facility in South Bend, Indiana, USA to enable significant expansion in test cell capability. The facility at Ignition Park operates with shaft powers from 700 hp to 12,000 hp in a secured, export-controlled environment. Computational capabilities include a range of in-house and commercial software for structural and fluid-flow analysis as well as a dedicated, large-scale HPC cluster. 

These experimental and numerical capabilities provide opportunities to create a shorter development path for the maturation of new gas turbine engine technologies. NDTL has significant and demonstrated experience with large-scale programs focused on rapid transition of low TRL technologies to production. 

NDTL currently employs 41 full-time employees and works with 7 Ph.D. candidates. The directors of NDTL are seeking to form new relationships with government and industry in order to advance the development of commercial and military aircraft, power plants, and the oil and gas industries.

Notre Dame’s Commitment to Research 

The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, USA, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world. For more information, please see http://research.nd.edu/ or @UNDResearch.

Current Research

NASA's ANCF Spinning at NDTL

In 2016, NASA moved its Advanced Noise Control Fan facility (ANCF) to the University of Notre Dame where it is currently being commissioned by the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL) at its on-campus facilities. ANCF is used to study the acoustics of jet engines. NDTL will be collaborating with NASA and industry partners to continue this research and discover new noise reduction technologies.…

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Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory to partner with Doosan Heavy Industries on $2.5 million compressor test agreement

Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory

The compressor test will study aerodynamic phenomena that even the most powerful computers cannot simulate.

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Numerical Simulation of NDTAC Flow Field

The animation displays a numerical simulation of the Notre Dame Transonic Axial Compressor (NDTAC) flow field using Very Large Eddy Simulation (VLES) approach; the Q criterion is colored by the total pressure field.

The simulation was performed in a single reference frame (SRF) using ~7,000,000 cells with a mesh designed to produce y+ values of 1. Subgrid-scale model was based on k-omega SST turbulence closure while LES limit was consistent with coherent structure model.…

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