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

General Electric

GE is a global diversified industrial technology company with products and services ranging from aircraft 

engines to power generation, transportation, healthcare, oil & gas etc. GE Global Research is the Corporate Research Center, serving as the cornerstone of GE innovation with more than 3 000 scientists for more than a century. The Turbomachinery Aerodynamics Laboratory in Munich has extensive expertise on the development of new aerodynamic technologies in the areas of compressors, turbines and seals for a wide range of applications in aircraft engines, gas and steam turbines, locomotives and oil&gas. Located on the campus of the Technical University Munich (Germany), the team often works in close collaboration with the Technical University Munich, jointly drawing on a wide infrastructure ranging from high performance computing to wind tunnels and high-speed rotating radial and axial compressor

Role in the project

GE Global Research Munich has worked in the development of advanced, non-contact seals for application 

in different industries for more than 8 years and has significant expertise in related fluid dynamics, mechanical layouts, design of experimental validation rigs and advanced instrumentation. Furthermore, there is extensive experience in the validation of complex technologies on high-speed rotating rigs such as radial and axial research compressors operated in collaboration with the Technical University Munich. In addition, GE Global Research has more than 10 years of experience in energy systems research and advanced power cycles development. The team has a strong thermodynamic and mechanical engineering background as well as vast experience in both static and dynamic power system cycles and component simulations.

As part of the group addressing barriers to flexible operation of thermal power plants on seals and bear-ings, GE will work in collaboration with the Technical University Munich on the development of self-adaptive non-contact seals with no deterioration and higher efficiency for heavy duty, aeroderivative and steam turbines. The second activity will cover the lead of work package WP1 focusing in whole engine modelling and assessment.

Personnel involved

Christian Aalburg


Christian Aalburg has worked for GE Global Research for 12 years. He leads the Turbomachinery Aerodynamics Lab with a focus on technology development for axial and radial compressors for product applications in power generation, aircraft engines and O&G process compressors. Prior to joining GE, Christian completed a PhD at the University of Michigan focusing on sprays and atomization and scientific computing, followed by a Postdoc where he was member of the combustion science team for Space Shuttle mission STS-107.