Turbomachinery Laboratory



Major emphasis in study of centrifugal compressors. The research facility is capable of handling actual power industry and small aircraft prototype units. Projects involve design, development, enhancement, CFD prediction, and experimental investigation.

Research activities

  • Flow prediction, design, and testing of centrifugal compressors
  • Compressor Design tools
  • Low-solidity Vaned Diffusers
  • Low-flow-coefficient Impellers
  • High-performance Impellers
  • Volute Design
  • Wave Rotors Enhancing Power Cycles
  • New R718 Compressor Concepts and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Wave Rotors for Microfabricated Power MEMS
  • Novel Condensing Wave Rotor
  • New Fiber-Composite Winding Technology for Impellers
  • Compact High-Speed Drives and Bearings


  • Industrial Scale Centrifugal Compressor Test Stands  (2)
  • Drive for each stand:  300 hp variable speed
  • Wave Rotor Test Rig with Ceramic Wave Rotor
  • Test Cell Access
  • Fully-automated Data Acquisition, Monitoring, and Control Systems
  • 20 Modern PC and 4 Sun Workstations

Sources of support

  • Elliott Company
  • Solar Turbines Incorporated
  • BorgWarner Turbo Systems
  • Airmaster Fan Company
  • US Department of Energy
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


  • 2500 Engineering Building
  • Telephone: 517-432-1102

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