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

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a renowned technically oriented German university registered as a public body carrying out research and education. Nearly 600 employees are working in research projects and teaching and 24 500 are currently enrolled. The Institute of Thermal Turbomachinery has several decades of experience in conducting research projects in the field of thermal turbomachinery, e.g. heavy duty gas turbines, steam turbines, jet engines, in various frameworks (national, EU, international). Approximately 25 highly skilled scientific researchers are responsible for various projects dealing with air & oil systems in gas turbines, cooling issues and combustion & 2-phase flow. In order to develop and assess new design concepts for turbomachinery components experimental as well as numerical investigation are carried out and new methodologies are being established. The in-house machine shop and electrical workshop provide a profound base for the manufacturing of parts for the complex test rigs.

Role in the project

KIT will design and set up a static test rig for testing static high temperature seals. Test will be carried out and the results will be evaluated with the goal to assess leakage and temperature of the seals. Therefore, KIT will actively participate in work package Seal and bearing designs (WP3).

With focus on improved life cycle validation, the required more intensive cyclic operation can be managed. Sealing behaviour over time will support slower engine degradation, meaning staying with high efficiencies and low emissions over a longer time


Personnel involved

Hans-Jörg Bauer

Head of the Institute for Thermal Turbomachinery (ITS) at KIT with more than

20 years of experience in the gas turbine R&D business.

Corina Höfler

Head of the Air & Oil Systems research group at KIT-ITS for 1.5 years. 

More than 7 years of experience in the gas turbine area.

Brigitte Humbert

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