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The CDT in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics brings together internationally-recognised universities and global industry partners to create a unique consortium for turbomachinery training and research.

University partners

University of Cambridge

Whittle_web.jpgThe Whittle Laboratory is a world leading research centre for turbomachinery aerodynamics. For more than 40 years, the Whittle Laboratory has advanced the state-of-the-art in compressor and turbine aerodynamics through a combined experimental and computational approach to research. The lab houses a large number of experimental facilities, both stationary and rotating, and is also at the forefront of CFD for turbomachines. The Department of Engineering, to which the Whittle Laboratory belongs, pursues associated research areas such as fluid mechanics, acoustics and combustion.


University of Oxford

Osney_web.jpgThe Osney Laboratory of the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, is a leading centre for gas turbine heat transfer and aerodynamic research. The Oxford Turbomachinery group has internationally recognised expertise in high speed rotating machinery experiments, instrumentation and cooling and heat transfer research. The group is based in an new laboratory which houses some of the most advanced turbine research facilities in the world. In recent years, the group has also progressed significantly in the development of novel computational modelling for turbomachinery aerothermal prediction and design optimisation.


University of Loughborough

LU-Dept-AAE_web.jpgThe Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department at the University of Loughborough has a history of research excellence in the aerodynamics of gas turbine combustion systems. The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion Aerodynamics was originally created in 1991, but in 2011 its name was changed to the University Technology Centre in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes. This reflected an expansion of the UTC remit from the investigation of pure aerodynamic phenomena to one which includes all aerothermal processes occurring in the combustion system (where aerodynamics strongly links and interacts with heat transfer, two phase flows, acoustics etc.). Both experimental and computational approaches are used to study not only processes occurring within the combustor itself, but also the critical aerodynamic interactions with the compressor and turbine.

Industry partners

The CDT has been developed with the active support and assistance of the following companies: