Jasmin Avila | January 20, 2018
The Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL) at the University of Notre Dame has entered into an 11-month agreement with Williams International (WI) to support jet engine testing using advanced instrumentation methods developed by NDTL researchers. Engine testing will occur in two phases with the first phase to begin in January 2018 at the WI campus in Michigan. After the test, NDTL will have supported its first full scale jet engine test.
The engine testing is part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engine (VAATE) Advanced Engine Sustainment Technology (AEST) program, which is focused on the development of new technologies that reduce the costs of engine development, acquisition and sustainment. Design, analysis, fabrication and assembly of the instrumentation will take place at NDTL’s facility located at Ignition Park in South Bend, Ind. Engine integration will take place on the WI campus.
“Following our collaborative hardware and software design efforts with Williams International, NDTL is eager to begin testing with our jointly-designed instrumentation suite at the WI campus,” said Joshua D. Cameron, director of NDTL. “The opportunity to apply the knowledge we have acquired from scaled-rig testing to actual full scale engine testing is a big step forward for NDTL and aligns well with our strategic research vision.”
“Williams International is excited to engage with NDTL in the development of next generation instrumentation for the gas turbine industry,” said Tom Williams, Vice President of Advanced Design at WI.