The FLEXTURBINE consortium is built around an industrially initiated nucleus: Core representatives of the European turbine industry have joined forces and involved leading European universities and research institutes to address the identified research and technology questions. They will cooperate to achieve the project objectives, sharing experience and know-how and developing results with complementary skills. The following figure outlines the contributions of each partner to the FLEXTURBINE topics and the impact on the future market drivers for flexible energy generation.
The consortium setup comprises all steps of the value chain and thus ensures that the technology is applied as soon as possible. The industrial design capabilities are complemented by selected high profile university departments, which are also involved in modelling activities as well as in preforming rig and component tests.

Fig. 1 - Partners Contribution and Impact


Consortium Map & Partner Details

Czech Technical University in Prague

CTU in Prague is one of the largest and oldest technical universities in Europe. It currently has eight facul-ties of CTU 

(civil, mechanical, electrical, nuclear and physical engineering, architecture, transportation, biomedical engineering, information technology) and studies on it over 23 000 students. The department of Mechanics, Biomechanics and Mechatronics (one of largest at the university) will be a participant in FLEXTURBINE project. There are three specific activities: education of students, science and research activities connected with grant projects, and direct cooperation with industry within application research. From the point of view of numerical simulations of behaviour of mechanical parts and assemblies, the department can provide wide and deep knowledge especially in areas of: stress-strain static and dynamic (non-linear) analyses, fatigue and fracture assessment, verification and validation numerical simulations and development of special program codes for application of non-standard models and approaches. The know-how in simulation domain is continually developing for both standard metallic materials and new composite (smart) materials.

Role in the project

CTUP will contribute on extensive development of numerical computation approaches in the area of low 

cycle fatigue of turbine rotors and their experimental verification. The main aim of CTUP contribution is to develop an accurate and very effective numerical approach for simulation of elasto-plastic deformation in critical domains of gas turbine rotors and - based on achieved results - perform fatigue assessment.

CTUP will provide feedback, methodology and recommendation for performing and verifying numerical simulation and fatigue assessment in the area of low cycle fatigue of steam turbine rotors.


Personnel involved

Milan Ruzicka

Since 2005, professor at CTU in Prague, since 2015 head of department, professional 

orientation and spe-cial skills: pedagogical activity in subjects stress and strength, dynamic life time, limit states of structures. Research activity on experimental methods in continuum mechanics, experimental analysis of stress and strain in structures, mechanical and fatigue properties of materials, composites and biomechanics tissues included, processes of damage accumulation of materials. Research and cooperation with Center of Aero-nautical and Space Research - meters of plain damage, Josef Božek Center - thermal fatigue, Aeronautical Research and Test Institute in Prague - solution of problems of airplane structure fatigue, ŠKODA RESEARCH Plzeň - welded structure fatigue, Compotech PLUS - Stiffness and strength of composite parts. 

Josef Jurenka (Ph.D)

Since 2012, assistant at CTUP, professional orientation and special skills: 

pedagogical activity in subjects stress and strength, dynamic life time, limit states of structures. Research activity on numerical modelling of degradation processes in materials. Its application in the formation of pitting in gearing, development and modernization of roots of steam turbine blades from the perspective of improving their reliability and durability, phenomenological criteria for fatigue damage in terms of fretting, output stage of a steam tur-bine with high efficiency and flow capacity. Research and cooperation with Josef Božek Center on numerical simulations.

Prof. Ing. Petr Konvalinka, CSc.