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

MAN Energy Solutions

MAN Energy Solutions, fully owned by VW Group, is the world market leader for large diesel engines for use in ships and power stations and is one of the three leading suppliers of turbo machines. The company employs some 14,500 people and is represented in more than 150 countries. The head office is situated in Augsburg, Germany. MAN Diesel & Turbo is a company within the Power Engineering Business Area of MAN SE. Turnover in 2013 was about 3.4 billion €, of which turbomachinery amounts 1.4 billion €

With four Strategic Business Units Engines & Marine Systems, Power Plants, Turbomachinery and After Sales, MDT offer a broad range of products and services in the fields of energy and transport

Role in the project

MAN Energy Solutions is the world market leader for large diesel engines for use in ships and power stations and is one of the three leading suppliers of turbo machines. It is the only industrial gas turbine OEM in Germany, company’s expertise covers all areas of gas turbine development, design, manufacturing, assembly and after sales. Main project goal is to improve gas turbine sealing design which will raise base and part load performance of MAN’ industrial gas turbine.

MAN is holds the lead of WP3 Seal and bearing designs. MAN’s contribution is the development and the validation of an overall engine analysis and diagnosis tool coupling flow and thermal displacement modes. Experiments are planned for verifying solver and novel sealing techniques. MAN cooperates with University of Belgrade where a long-lasting partnership has been established for more than seven years.

Personnel involved

Dr. Alexander Wiedermann

Senior Manager Advanced Product Design and Aerodynamics, Ph. D. 1985 University of Hannover, 

Habilitation 1991, worked with MHI (Japan), Gas Turbine Development 1992-1999, with MAN since 1999, responsible for advanced gas turbine technology R&D projects and aerodynamic design systems 

Dr. Sven-Hendrik Wiers