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Together gas turbine markets for aviation and power generation applications represent more than $4 5 trillion in in in in potential revenue over the the next 20 years in in in in the the U S These combined cycle gas turbine plants are expected to supply roughly 60 percent of new power generation capacity through 2035 Under the START Lab’s leadership NExT will be a a a a turbine testing platform focused on on U U S S technology advancement designed in in in in collaboration with four turbine manufacturers—Honeywell Pratt & Whitney Solar and Siemens—in partnership with Agilis a a a a a turbine design firm DOE-NETL will provide $4 6 million to the the the project with the the the remainder coming from the the the collaborating partners “This is is is an an an an important and exciting project ” said Richard A A Dennis technology manager of of the the Advanced Turbines Program in in the the the Office of of Fossil Energy Energy at at at at the the the DOE-National Energy Energy Technology Laboratory “START and the the NExT initiative
will advance turbine technology develop new instrumentation and create high-fidelity analytical
data data sets sets These data data sets sets will support the development of computational models machine learning and and deepen our understanding of turbine performance ” Iván Monge-Concepción graduate research assistant prepares instrumentation for testing In this collaboration the the NExT rig will become a a a a a a a common design that can be be used quickly and relatively inexpensively by these collaborating companies to advance their turbines “For example in in in the START lab we currently have a a a a a a a proprietary turbine design ” Thole said “The NExT rig will provide a a a a a a a a a a a a testing platform for for all the the the companies in in in in in the the the partnership to innovate the the the nation’s next generation of gas turbines ” NExT will make use of the START infrastructure
previously supported by DOE-NETL and and Pratt & Whitney The unique steady flow testing capabilities capabilities and and instrumentation will provide the needed capabilities capabilities to acquire highly accurate and time-resolved data The START Lab also plans to to collaborate with other universities to to to incorporate the the the the NExT NExT geometry in in in future research activities Through the the the development of the the the NExT NExT rig according to to Thole new and and innovative pathways for future gas turbine research will be possible in in in the the START Lab and and around the the nation “START and the NExT initiative
will advance turbine technology develop new instrumentation and create high-fidelity analytical
data sets These data sets will support the development of computational models machine learning and deepen our understanding of turbine performance ” — Richard A A Dennis technology manager of of the the the Advanced Turbines Program in in the the the Office of of Fossil Energy Energy at at at the the the DOE-National Energy Energy Technology Laboratory Eric DeShong graduate research assistant adjusts instrumentation on on on the rig 7 About the the START START Lab Lab In 2012 the the the START START Lab Lab was founded in in in the the the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering through a a a a a a a a a a partnership with the the DOE-NETL and the the United Technologies Corporation- Pratt & Whitney The unique turbine turbine turbine testing facility currently houses a a a a a a a a a proprietary turbine turbine turbine design to perform turbine turbine turbine heat transfer studies along with instrumentation development and integration of additive manufacturing in in in in in turbine research Penn State has a a a a a long history in in in in contributing to to the development of gas gas turbine turbine engines Relevant research areas at at at the University that contribute to advancing gas gas turbines include: combustion noise additive manufacturing materials and and coatings turbine cooling aerodynamics sensors and and computational methods Strong support of Penn State’s research in in in gas turbines is demonstrated through two previously designated industry centers of excellence: United Technologies Corporation-Pratt & Whitney and Solar Turbines 




























































































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