The TURBO-REFLEX partnership consists of 26 partners from nine different countries, including core representatives of the European Turbine Industry and leading european universities and research institutes.
Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest and highest performing departments of its kind in all of Europe. The research group involved in TURBO-REFLEX is led by Prof Volker Gümmer and is part of the institute of flight propulsion at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The institute employs more than 15 researchers, who focus on numerical and experimental investigation in gas turbines and turbomachinery, gas turbine performance simulation and fluid dynamics and structural mechanics of turbomachinery components.
TUM is involved in developing an advanced, retrofittable compressor aero design for improved part-load operation in WP1. A novel design will be applied to improve the operability and efficiency of the plant by reducing the minimum environmental load and increasing the part-load performance of the gas turbine. In this context, systematic theoretical and experimental research will be carried out in order to improve gas turbine component performance. TUM will – supported by GE - test new advanced aero technologies on the HSRC, potentially involving flow control schemes in the near-endwall regions.