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 or @UNDResearch.

Current Research

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.…

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10MW Test Cell Exhaust Scroll Installation

10MW Test Cell Exhaust Scroll Installation

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Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory collaborates with Williams International to support jet engine testing

The Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL) at the University of Notre Dame has entered into an 11-month agreement with Williams International (WI) to support jet engine testing using advanced instrumentation methods developed by NDTL researchers. Engine testing will occur in two phases with the first phase to begin in January 2018 at the WI campus in Michigan. After the test, NDTL will have supported its first full scale jet engine test.

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