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NDTL Director named member of Michiana 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

NDTL Director Joshua D. Cameron has been named a member of the Michiana Forty Under 40 Class of 2017 by the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce. According to the regional chamber’s website, “Michiana Forty under 40 recognizes 40 regional business and professional leaders who have achieved success before the age of 40. This recognition shines the spotlight on 40 of the area's most talented and dedicated young executives, professionals and leaders who demonstrate career success and community engagement.” Cameron and the other honorees will be recognized at a luncheon and profiled in the South Bend Tribune in May.…

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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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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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VLES of flow field around helicopter blades in hover

A Very Large Eddy Simulation (VLES) of a flow field around helicopter blades in hover. Delayed wall behavior together with k-omega SST and coherent structure model were used in this simulation. The computation was wall-resolved (y+ = 1) and the overall size of the mesh is about 7,000,000 cells. 

By: Dr. Ryan Kelly and Dr. Aleksandar Jemcov…

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Notre Dame holds ribbon cutting for new Turbomachinery Laboratory

Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory

Nearly two years ago to the day of the ribbon cutting, the University of Notre Dame announced a plan to build a $36 million turbomachinery research and testing laboratory at Ignition Park in South Bend. On that day, June 25, 2014, the University and its project partners — the City of South Bend, Great Lakes Capital, the state of Indiana and Indiana Michigan Power — unveiled a vision for the new Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL), a high-powered research laboratory to analyze and advance the technology of gas turbine engines used for jet aircraft, power generation plants and the oil and gas industry.

Tuesday (June 7), the 25,000-square-foot facility was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring University leaders and researchers along with community, state and private sector representatives. Researchers at the NDTL will study aerodynamics, thermodynamics and structural mechanics of parts of large rotating machines, with a focus on things such as vibration, stability, flow and efficiency.

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April Ushers in New Beginnings at NDTL

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The end of this week marks NDTL’s second month at Ignition Park and, in many ways, the beginning of a new era for the lab and its team members. Lab test cells are rapidly acquiring hardware, and work on main flow piping and secondary piping is scheduled to restart soon. Massive heat exchangers and silencers have been craned onto the roof of Catalyst II where the lab is housed. Catalyst II has also acquired new signage, marking the façade of the building with the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory name. The installation of hardware and continuing work on lab facilities will allow for testing in the coming months. The unique capabilities of the lab and the possibilities that they represent for NDTL are now moving from the design and model phase to an impressive reality. Members of the Notre Dame, local, and state communities have been invited to commemorate the opening of the new lab with a ribbon cutting ceremony in early June 2016.…

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Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory Opens Doors at Ignition Park

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Construction crews worked tirelessly throughout the holidays toward completion of the new Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory in downtown South Bend, IN. The move from campus to Ignition Park was completed at the end of January, and the lab officially opened its doors on Monday, February 1. While the majority of NDTL’s team members will be on site, some members will remain on campus to continue work at preexisting testing facilities. NDTL director Joshua Cameron has likened the move to Ignition Park as a home-coming for the team, identifying it as a monumental milestone in the development of the new lab and its research: “The opening of the NDTL facility represents a new beginning for the turbomachinery research that the lab has been conducting at Notre Dame for over a decade. While the move to Ignition Park certainly provides a permanent space for our facilities and team, it also marks the advent of groundbreaking research opportunities made possible by the expansion of our testing capabilities.”…

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NDTL Shares Vision for the Future at Power-Gen International

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The Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL) hosted a booth at the 2015 Power-Gen International Conference in Las Vegas this past December. As first time participants in the three-day event, NDTL was one of over 1,300 exhibitors on the floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center where the conference was held.…

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Construction Progressing on New NDTL Site

The NDTL will move to a new, 25,000 square-foot location in Ignition Park in South Bend, Indiana, in late 2015. Currently under construction, the new facility will enable a significant expansion in test cell capability. These facilities will operate with shaft powers from 700 hp to 12,000 hp in a secured, export-controlled environment. Stay tuned for more construction updates!

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NDTL Networks in Montreal

The Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory hosted a booth at the 2015 ASME Turbo Expo in Montreal, Canada in June. The NDTL team met with current and potential customers and research sponsors thought the week. In its 60th year, the ASME Conference brings together the best and brightest experts from around the world to share the latest in turbine technology, research, development, and application.

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