START and ExCCL Labs
The Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Laboratory focuses on innovating turbine cooling using true-scale engine hardware, developing sensors and instrumentation for smart turbines, advancing additive manufacturing for turbine applications, and integrating and embedding sensors through additive manufacturing.
The Experimental and Computational Convection Laboratory (ExCCL) conducts experimental and computational studies of fundamental turbulence and applied convective heat transfer. Subjects being researched include freestream turbulence effects on gas turbine blade boundary layers, endwall secondary flow effects, turbine blade cooling techniques, and additively manufactured heat exchangers.
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About the Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Group
We welcome you to the website for our ExCCL and START Labs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. These two laboratories have a long history of doing relevant research applied to gas turbine engines and, in particular, cooling of turbine airfoils. We also have a long history of providing exciting research projects for our students who gain a deep understanding of fluid dynamics, heat transfer, experimental methods, and computational methods. Our labs are honored to have been named Centers of Excellence by two turbine manufacturers: Pratt & Whitney and Solar Turbines. These two companies along with several other engine manufacturers as well as government agencies provide relevant and challenging research projects to which we contribute innovative solutions. We hope you enjoy learning more about what we do from our website.